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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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  • Many Seniors With Cancer Use Alternative Medicines: Study

    FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many elderly cancer patients use alternative medicines, including some that could interfere with their treatment, a new study shows. Even though alternative medicines are marketed as “natural,” many contain active ingredients that can react with other therapies, the researchers explained. The study authors also found that many of these patients [...]

  • Awareness of Memory Problems Fades a Few Years Before Dementia: Study

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older adults destined to develop dementia may start to lose awareness of their memory problems two to three years before the disease is full blown, a new study finds. That had been suspected, but not clearly shown before, said lead investigator Robert Wilson, senior neuropsychologist at [...]

  • Seniors More Likely to Wind Up in Hospital After Outpatient Surgery: Study

    TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seniors are much more likely than younger people to find themselves in the hospital after outpatient surgery, a new study finds. “These seniors were supposed to stay out of the hospital since the procedures were performed in the ambulatory setting, but they were admitted to the hospital within 30 [...]

  • Exercise, Supplements Like Fish Oil Won’t Keep Elderly Sharper: Studies

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Neither exercise nor supplements such as fish oil don’t seem to do much to help keep older folks mentally sharp, two new studies found. The reports, published Aug. 25 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, cast doubts on two strategies purported to keep [...]

  • Sharp Spike Seen in Statin Use in Elderly Without Heart Disease

    MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There has been a sharp rise in the use of cholesterol-lowering statins among elderly patients who do not have heart disease, a new study finds. But there is little research to guide the use of these medicines in this group of patients, the investigators added. In the study, researchers analyzed [...]

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