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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

  • Leaks in Brain May Contribute to Dementia

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Age-related blood vessel leaks in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, according to a new study. The findings suggest it may be possible to use brain scans to detect such leaks and repair them in order to prevent damage [...]

  • Falls on the Rise Among U.S. Seniors

    MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For American seniors, a fall can have disabling or even fatal consequences. And a new study finds that the rate of older people who suffer a fall is actually on the rise. A research team led by Dr. Christine Cigolle, of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann [...]

  • Depression, Anxiety Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s, Study Finds

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression, sleep problems and behavioral changes can show up before signs of memory loss in people who go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. “I wouldn’t worry at this point if you’re feeling anxious, depressed or tired that you have underlying Alzheimer’s, because [...]

  • Petty ‘Crimes’ Sometimes Tied to Dementia

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Some older adults with dementia unwittingly commit crimes like theft or trespassing, and for a small number, it can be a first sign of their mental decline, a new study finds. The behavior, researchers found, is most often seen in people with a subtype of frontotemporal [...]

  • High Blood Sugar in Heart Failure Patients May Point to Risk of Early Death

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Checking the blood sugar levels of emergency department patients with heart failure can identify those at risk of diabetes, hospitalization and early death, a new study suggests. This increased risk was true even if patients had blood sugar (glucose) levels within what is considered normal limits, the researchers said. “Our [...]

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