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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 »

Accelerated Aging Tied to HIV/AIDS

Middle-aged sufferers have symptoms of HIV-negative 80-year-olds

(Newser) - The aging population of Americans with HIV/AIDS is in a much different spot than those infected before the drug cocktail was introduced in the mid-1990s. But new research reveals disturbing trends related to aging. The cause is likely either the disease or the medications, and the result is symptoms—from... More »

Police ID Amnesiac Teen Found in NYC

'Jane Doe' is 18-year-old from Washington state

(Newser) - A teenager who turned up outside a New York City shelter earlier this month saying she didn't know her name has been identified, police say. "Jane Doe" is 18-year-old Kacie Aleece Peterson from eastern Washington state, and her father is en route to New York to pick her up,... More »

Mac's Missile Shield Rant Off Target, Forgetful

System he's now never heard of relies on ship named for forebears

(Newser) - Sen. John McCain’s savaging of President Obama over shelving the Eastern European missile shield could hardly more disingenuous, David Corn writes for Mother Jones. McCain said he hadn’t heard of the technology Obama plans to use instead, but not only did he publicly praise Obama for boosting funding... More »

Infections Quicken Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Patients

Ailments boost inflammatory protein which may speed decline

(Newser) - Urinary tract, chest, and other infections may double the speed of memory loss among Alzheimer’s sufferers, researchers in Britain find. About half of subjects in a six-month study got infections outside the brain that prompted increased levels of an inflammatory protein; those who suffered such events, called SIEs, showed... More »

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