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Alzheimer's Disease

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.

Alzheimer's Disease News

  • Fish Oil Tied to Better Brain Function in Older Adults

    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Consuming more omega-3 fatty acids — found in many types of fish — may benefit people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 40 mentally healthy adults, aged 65 to 75, who had the gene variant APOE e4, which put them at risk for [...]

  • Rugby Player’s Head Injuries Linked to Brain Decline

    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Add rugby to the sports that can lead to degenerative brain disease, a new study suggests. The first case of a rugby player who died from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a condition associated with repeated concussions — is outlined in a new study. To date, the link between brain [...]

  • Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Healthy older adults who take cholesterol-lowering drugs may be cutting their risk of stroke, a new French study suggests. The study found that when people took medications called statins or fibrates, their risk of stroke over almost a decade went down by about one-third. But, lead [...]

  • The Plight of America’s ‘Elder Orphans’

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Dr. Maria Torroella Carney grew increasingly distressed as she watched how emergency response teams had to help older, frail people who were living alone evacuate their homes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Then, the sad story of a suicidal 76-year-old man in the [...]

  • Alzheimer’s-Linked Brain Plaques May Arise Decades Before Symptoms

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Abnormal protein clumps may appear in the brain up to 30 years before people develop Alzheimer’s disease, a new study estimates, perhaps providing a window of opportunity to intervene. Scientists have long known that people with Alzheimer’s disease show brain “plaques,” where pieces of a protein [...]

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