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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.

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  • Daily Aspirin Taken by More Than Half of Older U.S. Adults

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Slightly more than half of middle-aged adults and seniors in the United States take aspirin daily to prevent heart attack, stroke or other serious illnesses, a new survey has found. Leading medical associations recommend use of low-dose aspirin mainly to prevent a second heart attack or [...]

  • Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors, Study Suggests

    WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can help prevent heart disease in seniors, but the medications also carry the risk of side effects, new research shows. Researchers used a computer simulation to assess whether statins should be routinely taken by adults aged 75 and older to prevent heart disease. There did appear to [...]

  • Some Arthritis Meds Cost Seniors Thousands Annually

    TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Arthritis medications known as biologic disease-modifying drugs can cost Medicare patients more than $2,700 in co-payments a year, a new report finds. Researchers say the tab is an immense burden on patients with disabling conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic disorder that affects an estimated 1.3 [...]

  • Women With Grandkids May Leave Workforce Sooner

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women with grandchildren are more likely to retire early, according to a new study. Researchers looked at more than 47,000 retirement-age women in the United States. They found that those with grandchildren were 9 percent more likely to retire early, presumably to care for the youngsters. That’s about the [...]

  • Brain Scans Give Clues to Link Between Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — It’s long been known that people with Down syndrome are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Now, research suggests that changes in the brains of people with Down syndrome, as seen on brain scans, might help lead to promising treatments that could delay or prevent Alzheimer’s. “We and other researchers [...]

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