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First Woman on Supreme Court: I Have Early- Stage Dementia

Sandra Day O'Connor is retreating from public life

(Newser) - Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, says she has the beginning stages of dementia and "probably Alzheimer's," per the AP . O'Connor made the announcement in a letter Tuesday. She said that her diagnosis was made "some time ago" and that... More »

Memories of Those With Dementia Are Forgotten, Not Gone

Study shows dementia just makes memories harder to access, doesn't destroy them

(Newser) - Rather than wiping out our memories, new research out of Columbia University suggests that dementia instead confuses the brain about which neurons store which memories, thereby making those memories harder to recall. In other words, the memories might remain—however deeply hidden—in the brain, and thus accessing them is... More »

How Your Speech Could Offer Hint of Mental Decline

Verbal issues could be a clue to deteriorating cognitive state

(Newser) - Your speech may, um, help reveal if you're uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words, and other verbal changes may be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. Per the AP , researchers had 400 people without cognitive problems and... More »

Mother of 3 Found After Disappearing 11 Years Ago

Kayannette Gabrielle suddenly remembered her name after years of reported memory loss

(Newser) - A fall off an LA pier led to the unraveling of a mystery that's been haunting Kayannette Gabrielle's family for over a decade. People tells the story of the California woman, originally from Colorado, who disappeared from the lives of her grown kids in April 2006. At first... More »

Ray of Hope in Drug to Treat 'Childhood Alzheimer's'

Niemann-Pick Disease Type C prevents the body from processing cholesterol properly

(Newser) - Not long before her 10th birthday, Hayley Koujaian began to have seizures. They weren't the first sign that something was amiss—for three years she was put in a variety of learning environments and programs but her cognition seemed to be slowly declining instead of progressing. Finally, after a... More »

Accident Wipes Mom's Memory of Dead Baby, Husband

A car slammed into the back of the family's vehicle in Florida: police

(Newser) - Not only did Ivelisse Martinez lose her husband and baby in a car crash in Florida last week, she also lost all memory of them. Authorities say Jose Vargas Rosario, 35, and Martinez, 27, were stopped at a red light in Altamonte Springs on Oct. 16 when a Mercury Grand... More »

Your Essence Is Rooted in Your Character, Not Intellect

Who we are may have more to do with what we stand for than what we know

(Newser) - In an attempt to begin to tackle the age-old question of what shapes one's identity, researchers at Duke and the University of Arizona surveyed the caregivers of those with different neurodegenerative diseases to see which ones seemed most likely to strip away the essence of a person. Reporting in... More »

Amnesia Took His Name; 11 Years Later, He Got It Back

Relatives say 'Benjamin Kyle' left Indiana in 1976

(Newser) - In August 2004, a naked man was found semi-conscious outside a Burger King in south Georgia. An EMS report cited by 11Alive noted his "total body [was] covered in sores and rash," and he awoke in a hospital with no idea who he was. Eleven years after he... More »

It's Always March 14, 2005, for This Man

Man can't remember anything for longer than 90 minutes after dentist visit

(Newser) - March 14, 2005, was a day like any other for William, a 38-year-old member of the British Armed Forces stationed in Germany. He got up, went to the gym, played volleyball, and answered emails from his office. By 2:40pm, he was sitting in a dentist’s chair for a... More »

Could Ultrasound Restore Memories After Alzheimer's?

In mice at least, a new approach activates a cell that fights the disease

(Newser) - Alzheimer's disease is currently marching through the brains of some 5 million Americans, eradicating vast swaths of memories in a seemingly irrecoverable assault on cognition. But what if those memories were recoverable, that devastating assault reversible? Scientists in the journal Science Translational Medicine think they have a solid shot... More »

Youth Football Could Hurt Memory Later in Life

A new study finds that those who started playing before age 12 perform worse

(Newser) - It's no secret that football and concussions go hand in hand; studies looking at the brains of deceased and retired NFL players have found a high prevalence of neuro trauma and cognitive deficits. But new research out this week in the journal Neurology calls into question whether kids should... More »

Experts: Facebook Lies Create False Memories

Study says online lies are 'damaging' our memory

(Newser) - Lying your tushy off on social networks may impress your friends, but research suggests that it can also create false memories and disconnect us from our true self, the Telegraph reports. "Being competitive and wanting to put our best face forward—seeking support or empathy from our peers—is... More »

Broncos Owner Has Alzheimer's, Cedes Control

Team's president takes over as Pat Bowlen focuses on his health

(Newser) - After Pat Bowlen told the Denver Post in 2009 that he was experiencing bouts of short-term memory loss, rumors started flying that the owner of the Denver Broncos had Alzheimer’s. That speculation was confirmed today in the Post, which cited a statement from the team acknowledging the 70-year-old Bowlen’... More »

Brett Favre: I've Had 'Scary' Loss of Memory

So, no, he won't be coming out of retirement to play again

(Newser) - One of the hot sports rumors this week was that the St. Louis Rams were interested in luring Brett Favre out of retirement to play QB again. Just how serious they were remains in dispute, reports CBS Chicago , but Favre insists he'd never go back. One self-described "scary"... More »

Scientists Find Gene to Wipe Memories

Find may offer path to fighting PTSD

(Newser) - Scientists at MIT are learning more about how old memories fade and new ones are created—suggesting we could someday have the power to wipe away traumatic experiences. The research is centered on a gene called Tet1, which scientists effectively turned off in a group of mice. Both the altered... More »

'Senior Moments' Don't Mean Alzheimer's

Study suggests gene link to normal memory loss

(Newser) - Finding yourself a little more forgetful these days? Don't panic—it comes with normal aging, and doesn't necessarily point to Alzheimer's. Scientists investigated the difference between the two processes in the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with memory. While Alzheimer's is known to be... More »

Questions Arise About Swedish-Speaking Amnesia Patient

Some friends say Michael Boatman is just escaping his past

(Newser) - The incredible story of the Florida man who awoke in a hospital with amnesia and speaking only Swedish made headlines around the world this week. But as more details about the life of Michael Boatman—who believes his name is Johan Ek—emerge, some have been left wondering whether it'... More »

'Silent Strokes' May Damage Memory

About 25% of seniors have had them

(Newser) - "Silent strokes" may be taking a toll on seniors' memory. A new study shows that seniors who have suffered such strokes—they don't have obvious symptoms but leave behind dead brain cells—do worse on memory tests, reports USA Today . It's no small thing: An estimated 1... More »

Fish May Protect Against Alzheimer's

As long as it's baked or grilled, not fried: study

(Newser) - One possible way to protect yourself against Alzheimer's: Eat fish once per week. A new study suggests that elderly people who do just that are three to five times less likely to get the disease or suffer memory loss, the Telegraph reports. But in order for the fish to... More »

Boss to Michigan: Hello, Ohio!

Slip-up 'every frontman's nightmare,' says chagrined Springsteen

(Newser) - Want to get away, Boss? Bruce Springsteen bellowed "Hello, Ohio!" to his fans at the Auburn Hills Palace. That's in Michigan. The 60-year-old rock legend referred to the neighboring state several times Friday night until E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt whispered in his ear. More »

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