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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

  • Seniors Who Suffer Mental Declines May Face Earlier Death: Study

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors with mild symptoms of mental decline may face a higher risk of dying earlier than those with no thinking or memory problems, new Mayo Clinic research suggests. Folks with mild impairment of memory or thought had an 80 percent higher death rate during the six-year [...]

  • Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says. Benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan) or alprazolam (Xanax) are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety, the study author [...]

  • Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who show signs of apathy tend to have a smaller brain volume than their peers with more vim and vigor, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of more than 4,300 older adults, those with at least two symptoms of apathy had slightly less [...]

  • Gene Variant May Double Alzheimer’s Risk for Women, Study Says

    Having a copy of a certain gene variant increases women’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease much more than it does for men, a new study indicates.

  • Time Spent With Grandkids Might Boost Women’s Brain Power

    FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Spending a little time each week caring for grandkids may help older women stay mentally sharp, a new study finds. But there’s a potential downside: Taking care of the grandkids five days a week or more may have a negative impact on brain power, the researchers reported. The study included [...]

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