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  1. Use of These Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term and/or high-dose use of a class of medications used for hay fever, depression and other ills has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of dementia. The drugs -- called anticholinergics -- include nonprescri

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  2. Leaks in Brain May Contribute to Dementia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related blood vessel leaks in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, according to a new study. The findings suggest it may be possible to use brain scans to d

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  3. Depression Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer's

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression, sleep problems and behavioral changes can show up before signs of memory loss in people who go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. "I wouldn't worry at this point if you're feeling anx

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  4. Petty 'Crimes' Sometimes Tied to Dementia

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some older adults with dementia unwittingly commit crimes like theft or trespassing, and for a small number, it can be a first sign of their mental decline, a new study finds. The behavior, researchers found, is most often s

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  5. FDA Approves Combo Pill for Alzheimer’s Disease

    Dec. 29, 2014 -- The FDA has approved a combination pill for moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease in people already being treated with both drugs. The pill, called Namzaric, combines memantine hydrochloride extended-release (Namenda) and donepezil hydrochloride (Aricept). The two drugs are often p

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  6. Running Linked to Lower Alzheimer's Death Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Running more than 15 miles a week may reduce the risk of dying from Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. Walking can help, too, if the amount of energy expended is equivalent to running more than 15 miles weekly

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  7. Alzheimer's Cases Expected to Double by 2050

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people with Alzheimer's disease in the United States will more than double by 2050 -- a trend driven by the aging baby boomer population, a new study predicts. The cost of caring for these Alzheimer's patient

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  8. Is Tau the 'How' Behind Alzheimer's?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Malfunction of a key brain protein called tau is the likely culprit behind Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, a new study in mice concludes. Neurons -- highly specialized nerve cells in the brain -- appear

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  9. Brain Injuries in Older Age and Dementia Risk

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay 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 w

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  10. Cocoa Drink May Improve Age-Related Memory Loss

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Oct. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A lab-created cocoa drink appears to improve normal age-related memory loss, a small study suggests. After three months of consuming the special cocoa concoction, someone with the typical memory of a 60-year-old improved thei

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