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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

  • Pacemakers Common for Those With Dementia and Irregular Heartbeats

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who have dementia and heart rhythm irregularities are more likely to get a pacemaker than people without dementia, new research has found. In fact, the study of more than 16,000 people found that those with dementia were up to 80 percent more likely to get [...]

  • Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors’ Lives: Study

    MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) – The more chronic medical conditions people have at retirement age, the shorter their life expectancy may be, a new study claims. Since nearly four in five older Americans have multiple health issues, scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore said the findings may help explain [...]

  • Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age

    FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors are more easily distracted during thinking and memory tasks than younger people, a new study finds. “Almost any type of memory test administered reveals a decline in memory from the age of 25 on,” study co-author Randi Martin, professor of psychology at Rice University, said in a university [...]

  • Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer: Study

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Removing the uterus with a minimally invasive procedure known as morcellation carries a risk of spreading undetected cancer, and now a new study pinpoints the likelihood more clearly. Twenty-seven of every 10,000 women who had the technique had undetected uterine cancer at the time of the [...]

  • Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer’s: Review

    WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Taking B vitamins does not slow age-related mental decline or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, a new review says. People with Alzheimer’s have high blood levels of a compound called homocysteine, and people with elevated levels of the compound have been shown to be at higher risk for Alzheimer’s. It’s known that [...]

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