Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, damages parts of the brain involved in memory, intelligence, judgment, language, and behavior. Almost half of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s are between 75 and 85, although a rare, inherited form of the disease can affect people in their 40s. While the loss of cognitive ability is irreversible, the rate of disease progression varies by individual.
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Omega-3 fatty acids — nutrients long thought to be helpful for neurological health — can cross the usually impenetrable blood-brain barrier and make their way into the brain, a new study suggests.
Better diabetes treatment has slashed rates of complications such as heart attacks, strokes and amputations in older adults, a new study shows. “All the event rates, if you look at them, everything is a lot better than it was in the 1990s, dramatically better,” said study author Dr. Elbert Huang, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago.
FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2013 (HealthDay News) — People with a high-risk gene for Alzheimer’s disease can begin to have brain changes as early as childhood, according to a new study. The SORL1 gene is one of several associated with an increased risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s, the most common form of the disease. SORL1 carries the code [...]
THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) — The number of people worldwide living with dementia could more than triple by 2050, a new report reveals. Currently, an estimated 44 million people worldwide have dementia. That number is expected to reach 76 million in 2030 and 135 million by 2050. Those estimates come from an Alzheimer’s Disease [...]
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Data that details every gene in the DNA of 410 people with Alzheimer’s disease can now be studied by researchers, the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced this week. This first batch of genetic data is now available from the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project, launched in February 2012 as [...]