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    1. Anxiety Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimer's

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who habitually use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, a widely prescribed group of se

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    2. What to Do After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

      Rosemary Orange, 53, of Ottawa, Ontario, suspected something was wrong with her 83-year-old mother, Sylvia. "She'd go shopping and forget what she was doing," Orange says. "So she'd come right back home without buying anything." Several months later, Orange's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, a

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    3. Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with too little vitamin D in their blood may have twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease as seniors with sufficient levels of the "sunshine vitamin," a new study finds. The research -- based on m

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    4. Guns and Dementia

      July 21, 2014 (COPENHAGEN, Denmark) -- A new survey looks at access to guns by people with dementia. It finds that caregivers and family members of people being checked for problems with thinking didn't consistently remove guns from their homes or keep them locked up. The study underlines the need f

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    5. Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer's: Review

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking B vitamins does not slow age-related mental decline or prevent Alzheimer's disease, a new review says. People with Alzheimer's have high blood levels of a compound called homocysteine, and people with elevated le

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    6. Potential New Culprit Behind Alzheimer's

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the exact reason why Alzheimer's disease develops still remains elusive, scientists report that they've found a new protein that may play an important role in the devastating memory illness. What they don't yet

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    7. Alzheimer's Rate Falling in United States: Studies

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of new cases of dementia has been declining in recent decades in the United States, Germany and other developed countries, a trio of new studies shows. In one U.S. study, researchers found that compared with the l

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    8. Study: 1 in 3 Alzheimer's Cases 'Preventable'

      July 14, 2014 -- About one-third of Alzheimer's disease cases are preventable, according to research by the University of Cambridge, England. The study identifies seven risk factors, with lack of exercise topping the list. A previous study published in 2011 suggested as many as half of cases of Alzh

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    9. Can Games, Puzzles Keep Aging Minds Sharp?

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who enjoy mentally stimulating games may have bigger brains and sharper thinking skills than their peers, new research suggests. The study looked at the connection between playing games such as puzzles, crossword

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    10. High BP May Protect the Very Old From Dementia

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests high blood pressure may not be all bad. Elevated levels might help to stave off mental decline among the extreme elderly, the study suggests. The finding follows a decade spent tracking high blood pressu

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