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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

  • FDA Approves First Flu Shot With Added Ingredient to Boost Immune Response

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The first flu vaccine with an adjuvant has been approved for use in seniors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. An adjuvant is any compound used in vaccines to boost the immune response of vaccinated people. Fluad is a trivalent vaccine, which means it is produced from three [...]

  • Alzheimer’s-Linked Brain Plaques May Also Slow Blood Flow

    TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — They’ve long been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and now new research in animals suggests that protein plaques might slow the brain’s blood flow, as well. Buildup of the amyloid beta protein clumps could harm the brain in multiple ways, according to a team from the University of Alabama [...]

  • Potential Treatment for a Serious Respiratory Infection in Kids

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug shows promise as a treatment for a common and potentially serious illness known as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Currently, there is no treatment or vaccine for RSV, which can be deadly for infants and the elderly. Kids are nine times more likely to [...]

  • Alzheimer’s-Linked Gene Tied to Brain Bleeds in Men: Study

    TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Men who have the Alzheimer’s disease-linked ApoE4 gene variant may have an increased risk for brain bleeds, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed brain scans of more than 1,100 people, ages 36 to 91, in the United States, Canada and Sweden. Some were healthy, some had mild thinking and [...]

  • Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer’s Warning

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Losing your sense of smell may mark the start of memory problems and possibly Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that older adults who had the worst smell test scores were 2.2 times more likely to begin having mild memory problems. And if [...]

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