Depression and dementia in the age of COVID-19: Two sides, one coin

Donald Weaver, University of Toronto Every seven seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia. A typical case that I often see in my practice is as follows: A 76-year-old woman has a two-year history of progressive worsening of short-term memory and cognitive decline. She can’t recall the names of her grandchildren and is …

Why face masks can make eyes feel dry, and what you can do about it

Lyndon Jones, University of Waterloo Face masks help reduce coronavirus transmission, which has prompted mandates and expert recommendations for their use where social distancing is difficult. As the world emerges from shutdowns, wearing face masks for extended periods of time in settings such as offices will increase. While these protective measures are essential to combating …

Alzheimer’s disease: protective gene uncovered in human cell model – bringing promise for new drug discoveries

Dean Nizetic, Queen Mary University of London Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. While researchers have identified a number of risk factors that are linked to dementia – including genetics, smoking, and high blood pressure – there is currently still no cure. Part …