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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

  • Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer’s Origins

    SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A laboratory study seems to support the theory that a buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is the first step in a process that leads to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers also pinpointed the important role of a particular enzyme in this process, and they believe the enzyme could [...]

  • The Average U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years

    The increased life expectancy is likely due to Americans living healthier lifestyles, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • U.S. Traffic Accidents Send 2.5 Million to ERs Each Year, CDC Says

    TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Road crash injuries sent more than 2.5 million Americans to emergency rooms in 2012. And, nearly 200,000 were hospitalized due to motor vehicle collisions, a new federal government report says. That means about 7,000 people went to the emergency department every day because of motor vehicle crash injuries in [...]

  • MRI May Spot Early Signs of Mental Decline, Study Finds

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An MRI scan that measures blood flow in the brain may help predict which older adults are at risk for future memory loss, a preliminary study suggests. The researchers found that, in some apparently healthy older adults, the MRI technique was able to pick up reductions [...]

  • Report Claims Success Treating Alzheimer’s Memory Loss

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A researcher is reporting success in a small study of reversing memory problems associated with early stage Alzheimer’s disease by using a complex program of lifestyle changes, supplements and hormones. Of the first 10 patients treated, nine reported improvements in memory within three to six [...]

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