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Project seeks to treat Alzheimer’s in people with Down syndrome

Sep. 30, 2021—A joint project between the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine will help deliver Alzheimer’s disease therapies and treatments to people with Down syndrome (DS). 

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Brain circuits in schizophrenia

Sep. 20, 2021—Vanderbilt psychiatrists are probing brain circuit hyperactivity implicated in schizophrenia, with the idea that normalizing the hyperactivity may improve cognitive processes.

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Estrogen, depression and menopause

Aug. 23, 2021—A shift in emotional processing may help women adapt to lower estrogen after menopause —unless they have a history of major depressive disorder, Vanderbilt researchers have found.

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Mood and cognition after chemotherapy

Jul. 26, 2021—Validation of cognitive complaints appears to improve mood in patients with persistent chemotherapy-cognitive impairment, Vanderbilt researchers report.

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Pinpointing brain changes in psychosis

Oct. 1, 2020—Specific regions of the thalamus — a central brain region — are smaller in adults with psychotic disorders and youth at risk for psychotic disorders and are associated with cognitive impairment.

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Memory complaints linked to changes in brain structure in postmenopausal women

Jul. 30, 2020—Memory complaints in younger postmenopausal women are associated with differences in brain structure and may serve as an early marker for risk of future cognitive decline, according to a study published June 22 in Menopause by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers.

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Study seeks link between menopause, Alzheimer’s

Feb. 12, 2020—Beginning this month, researchers from VUMC and the University of Vermont are launching a study to examine whether cognitive changes that occur at menopause for some women are related to an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease.

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Free memory screenings available for those 55 and older

Feb. 5, 2020—To help aging individuals be more proactive about their memory health, VUMC is offering free memory screenings to anyone age 55 and older.

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How proteins spread linked to Alzheimer’s disease sex differences

Jul. 18, 2019—The ways certain proteins spread may help explain why the prevalence of Alzheimer’s is higher in women than in men.

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Clues found to recurrent depression

Mar. 2, 2017—Women who have had repeated depressive episodes tend to pay more attention to negative emotional information, suggesting that they may benefit from cognitive therapy to build new, more positive pathways in their brains.

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Alzheimer’s risk gene in younger adults

Jun. 2, 2016—A genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease in later life appears to benefit younger adults as they age.

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Depression study seeks to predict treatment response

Aug. 27, 2015—Treating depressed individuals and figuring out who will and won’t respond to antidepressants is mostly trial and error — much to the frustration of patients and the health care providers who treat them.

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