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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

  • U.S. Dementia Rates Seem to Be Falling, Study Finds

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — U.S. seniors may be developing dementia less often and at later stages of life, a decades-long study suggests. More than 5,000 people followed for almost 40 years starting in the mid-1970s experienced an average 20 percent reduction in their risk of developing dementia, the researchers said. At [...]

  • Dogs’ IQs Can Vary, Study Shows

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Dogs have different levels of intelligence that can be measured, and researchers say this new finding might one day help improve understanding of the link between health and intelligence in people. British researchers created a dog IQ test to assess the intelligence of 68 working border collies. The dogs’ navigation [...]

  • Allergy Shots Still Effective for Seniors

    TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Allergy shots can still benefit seniors with allergies, a new study suggests. The study included 60 people with hay fever between the ages of 65 and 75 who were given either allergy shots or a placebo for three years. Those who received the allergy shots had a 55 percent reduction [...]

  • Depression May Boost Seniors’ Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke

    THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Depression increases the risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, a new study indicates. The researchers looked at more than 7,300 seniors in France with no history of heart disease, stroke or dementia at the start of the study period. Participants were assessed again two, four and [...]

  • Exercise May Prevent Harmful Falls in Men

    THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise reduces older men’s risk of serious injuries from falls, a new study finds. “The physical activity program was more effective in reducing the rate of serious fall injuries in men than in women,” said study author Dr. Thomas Gill, a professor of geriatrics at Yale University, in [...]

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