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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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  • 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 [...]

  • Some Benefits of Screening Elderly Women for Breast Cancer Questioned

    TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Including women older than 70 in national breast cancer screening programs won’t lead to a sharp reduction in advanced forms of the disease, a new study finds. In fact, mass breast cancer screening programs could result in older women being overdiagnosed and overtreated, the Dutch researchers reported. So, the decision [...]

  • Not Everyone With Alzheimer’s-Linked Protein Develops Dementia: Study

    MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The human brain may have a way to compensate for the build-up of a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. That could help explain why some older people who have beta-amyloid deposits do not develop dementia, California researchers report. “This study provides evidence that there is plasticity or compensation [...]

  • ER Patients Often Confuse Role of Emergency Contacts

    FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When a doctor requests emergency contact information, emergency room patients often assume they’re being asked for the person they’d like to make medical decisions for them, a new study indicates. But, that’s a role that must be designated in a legal document called an advance directive. Ninety-five percent of patients [...]

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