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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

  • Could a Diet Help Shield You From Alzheimer’s?

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they’ve developed an anti-Alzheimer’s diet. While it couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, the new study found that adults who rigorously followed the so-called MIND diet faced a 53 percent lower risk for Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia. Those sticking to the diet just “moderately [...]

  • Researchers Pinpoint Possible Protein Culprit Behind Alzheimer’s

    TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Abnormal tau protein collecting in the brain may be the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study claims. Another protein called amyloid accumulates as Alzheimer’s progresses, but is not the primary culprit behind the devastating memory loss that is the hallmark of the disease, Mayo Clinic researchers report. They [...]

  • Many With Alzheimer’s Aren’t Told of Diagnosis by Doctor: Report

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors are not telling a majority of their patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s that they have the degenerative brain disease, a new report shows. The research, conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association, involved patients whose Medicare records listed treatments that are specific to Alzheimer’s disease. However, when the researchers [...]

  • Exercise, But Not Vitamin D, Cuts Injuries From Falls in Older Women: Study

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Neither routine exercise nor vitamin D supplementation does anything to lower the overall risk for accidental falls among older women, a new Finnish study says. However, the risk of serious injury as a result of falling was cut by more than half when elderly women engaged [...]

  • Researchers Develop Screening for Early Memory Troubles

    WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they have developed a new scoring system to help identify seniors who are at high risk for memory and thinking problems that might lead to dementia. “Our goal is to identify memory issues at the earliest possible stages,” wrote lead researcher Dr. Ronald Petersen, of the Mayo [...]

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