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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

  • Long-Term Use of Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

    Long-term and/or high-dose use of a class of medications used for hay fever, depression and other ills has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of dementia.

  • Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Almost 1 in 5 Americans 80 and older has weak strength in their muscles, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number declines in younger age brackets, with just 2 percent of Americans ages 60 to 79 having weak strength, the new [...]

  • Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret

    TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many seniors don’t tell their doctors they’ve had a fall because they’re worried they’ll be told they can’t live on their own anymore, a physician says. Millions of Americans aged 65 and older fall every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, fewer than [...]

  • Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

    MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Long-term and/or high-dose use of a class of medications used for hay fever, depression and other ills has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of dementia. The drugs — called anticholinergics — include nonprescription diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and tricyclic antidepressants like doxepin (Sinequan). This class [...]

  • Leaks in Brain May Contribute to Dementia

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Age-related blood vessel leaks in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, according to a new study. The findings suggest it may be possible to use brain scans to detect such leaks and repair them in order to prevent damage [...]

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