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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

  • Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study

    FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who have lost all their teeth have faster decreases in memory and walking ability than people who still have at least some of their teeth, a new study says. The findings suggest that total tooth loss could provide an early warning of increased risk of physical and [...]

  • Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends. The drugs in question are a class of medications called benzodiazepines. This class includes drugs such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. As people get older, these drugs [...]

  • Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report. About one-third of patients who had the procedure — called intraarterial treatment — recovered from their stroke with only slight disability and were able to care [...]

  • Feel Younger Than Your Age? It May Help You Live Longer

    Folks who feel “young at heart” may be more likely to live to a ripe old age, a new British study suggests.

  • Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk for Dementia

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older men who have breathing difficulties or spend less time in deep sleep may be at greater risk of brain changes that can precede dementia, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings don’t prove that breathing disorders, including sleep apnea, lead to dementia. But they [...]

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