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Memory Disorders

Brain; Discovery

Taking aim at tau to develop Alzheimer's breakthroughs

At UT Southwestern, physician-scientists at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have been hard at work trying to unravel the brain’s biggest mysteries. Dr. Marc Diamond and his lab are making significant progress studying the tau protein and uncovering the fundamental roots of Alzheimer’s in hopes of developing an effective treatment for the disease.

Aging; Brain

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia: Sorting myths from reality

There are many misconceptions about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but learning about the conditions can empower families to make confident health care decisions. Tara Duval, M.D., discusses common misconceptions and offers tips for brain health. Read more.

Brain; Mental Health

Anticholinergic drugs: A potential link to dementia

A new study suggests that certain anticholinergic drugs commonly prescribed for depression, Parkinson’s disease, and bladder conditions might increase the risk for dementia in patients who took the medications long-term.

Eyes and Vision

Neurodegenerative conditions: When AMD, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s affect the eyes

Neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s can cause vision symptoms that often go unrecognized. Researchers at UT Southwestern are committed to discovering and refining preventive and therapeutic options for these patients. Learn more.

Brain

Ballroom to boogie: How dancing can improve seniors’ brain health

Exercise is vital to healthy living as we age, and dancing can help seniors in a variety of ways. From improving muscle tone and strength to social interaction and reducing dementia risk, dancing can help seniors live independently longer and with a higher quality of life.