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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.

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  • Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

    TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Medicare should cover low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening for people at high risk for the disease, a coalition of more than 60 patient and medical groups says. The coalition, which includes the Lung Cancer Alliance, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer [...]

  • Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer’s Patients, Even as Memory Fades

    MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For those visiting a person with advanced Alzheimer’s, the moment can be bittersweet — will the patient even remember or care that the loved one was there? Now, a new study suggests that even if people with the mind-robbing illness quickly forget a visit or other event, the [...]

  • Memory Slips in Senior Years May Signal Dementia Risk

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Healthy elderly people who begin reporting memory lapses are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with dementia roughly a decade later, new research suggests. Evaluating more than 500 seniors, scientists found that those with memory complaints were almost three times more likely to develop mild cognitive [...]

  • Grief Can Weigh on Immune System in Older Folks, Study Says

    THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people become more physically vulnerable during bereavement, new research shows. That’s because the balance of stress hormones during bereavement changes with age, British researchers say. As a result, older people who are grieving are more likely to have weakened immune systems and develop infections, the study found. “During the [...]

  • Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia — even late in life, according to new research. The World Alzheimer Report 2014, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International, revealed that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia [...]

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