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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

  • ER Patients Often Confuse Role of Emergency Contacts

    FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When a doctor requests emergency contact information, emergency room patients often assume they’re being asked for the person they’d like to make medical decisions for them, a new study indicates. But, that’s a role that must be designated in a legal document called an advance directive. Ninety-five percent of patients [...]

  • Advanced Dementia Patients Often Given Unhelpful Meds: Study

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new national analysis of U.S. nursing home prescription patterns says that more than half of people with advanced dementia are prescribed medications that are of questionable benefit. “The main concern centers on the under-appreciated burden and personal cost of using questionably beneficial meds,” said study [...]

  • Scientists Unlock a Key to Cell Stress

    THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A team of researchers has uncovered a key way that cells respond to stress. As they explain it, cells produce more than 25,000 different proteins with specific 3-D shapes, but when stressed, they can make mistakes and produce misshapen proteins that are unfolded or misfolded. Duke University researchers found, [...]

  • Study: Rare Blood Type May Slightly Raise Dementia Risk

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Your blood type may play a small role in your risk for dementia, a new study finds. People with blood type AB, which includes about 4 percent of the population, appear to have an increased risk for memory problems as they age. Over about three years, [...]

  • Anxiety, Insomnia Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimer’s Risk

    Older adults who habitually use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.

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