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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

  • Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer’s Risk

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The virus that causes common cold sores — herpes simplex — might increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest. In fact, being a carrier of certain antibodies to the virus can double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers found. “The [...]

  • Mutations Linked to Blood Cancers Rise With Age, Study Shows

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Blood cell mutations linked to the blood cancers leukemia and lymphoma increase as people get older, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed blood samples from nearly 3,000 Americans, ages 10 to 90, and found the mutations in less than 1 percent of those ages 40 to 49. [...]

  • 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 [...]

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