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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

  • Brain Injuries in Older Age Could Boost Dementia Risk, Study Finds

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A mild concussion after age 65 might boost your risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Head injuries seem to pose special hazards for seniors compared to those in upper middle age, the researchers said. “This was surprising and suggests that the older brain may [...]

  • The Truth About That Study on Chocolate and Memory

    A lab-created cocoa drink appears to improve normal age-related memory loss, a small study suggests.

  • Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer’s Risk

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The virus that causes common cold sores — herpes simplex — might increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest. In fact, being a carrier of certain antibodies to the virus can double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers found. “The [...]

  • Mutations Linked to Blood Cancers Rise With Age, Study Shows

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Blood cell mutations linked to the blood cancers leukemia and lymphoma increase as people get older, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed blood samples from nearly 3,000 Americans, ages 10 to 90, and found the mutations in less than 1 percent of those ages 40 to 49. [...]

  • Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer’s Origins

    SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A laboratory study seems to support the theory that a buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is the first step in a process that leads to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers also pinpointed the important role of a particular enzyme in this process, and they believe the enzyme could [...]

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