frontotemporal dementia

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Sicker Sense of Humor Could Signal Dementia

Some patients laughed at tragic events prior to diagnosis: study

(Newser) - Scientists are exploring what could be an intriguing link between a dark sense of humor and a rare form of dementia. Researchers at University College London explain that frontotemporal dementia affects the part of the brain related to personality and behavior and can cause patients to become impulsive and reckless.... More »

Inside a Love Gutted by Dementia

Frontotemporal dementia strikes early and fast

(Newser) - A little-known form of dementia can turn sufferers into completely different people, leaving spouses and children struggling to cope with someone who's still there in body but not in mind. Frontotemporal dementia bears some similarities to Alzheimer's—but it can hit patients who are younger and it develops... More »

She Painted Bolero

Brain disease led Ravel to compose 'Bolero;' and a scientist to paint it

(Newser) - Struck down by a degenerative brain disease, mathematician and scientist Anne Adams lost much of her ability to do even simple scientific tasks. But the disease also unleashed a fierce artistic creativity, as her brain rewired itself to compensate for the damage. Among her work is a painting that represents... More »

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