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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By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hearing loss is associated with depression among American adults, especially women and those younger than age 70, according to new research. While other studies previously have found the same link, many of them looked only at older adults or at specific regions or ethnicities, and results [...]
The number of lives lost to Alzheimer’s disease each year may be far more than thought, and it might rival heart disease and cancer as one of the top killers of Americans, new research suggests.
WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — How middle-aged people rate their own physical fitness could provide clues about their risk for future dementia, Finnish researchers report. Among people aged about 50, those who self-rate their level of fitness as poor are four times more likely to develop dementia within 30 years than those who say [...]
WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study in twins is offering clues to the power of genetics in charting the course of the brain-robbing disease Alzheimer’s. Experts have long known that the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and the brain changes associated with the condition can vary widely from person to person. But in twins [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who take drugs to lower their blood pressure may be more likely to fall and end up with a broken hip or head injury, Yale University researchers report. Side effects of blood pressure medications include dizziness and problems with balance, the study authors noted. Older [...]