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  1. Blood Test May Spot Alzheimer's Before Symptoms Appear

    Aug. 3, 2011 -- A new blood test for Alzheimer's disease is 96% accurate at identifying the disease and can perhaps detect it even before symptoms such as memory loss appear, says the test's developer. ''This is a simple test that has high accuracy and can be run from a single drop of blood," says R

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  2. Clues to Early Detection, Treatment of Alzheimer's

    July 22, 2011 (Paris) -- Brain and blood chemistry changes that indicate Alzheimer's disease can be detected 10 to 20 years before memory loss and other cognitive symptoms develop, according to doctors studying  families with inherited forms of the disease. Studying people genetically destined to de

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  3. Sniffing Out Alzheimer's Disease

    July 22, 2011 (Paris) -- Australian researchers say they’re a step closer to developing a simple smell test that may help predict which older adults will develop cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. The work is still very preliminary. But it appears that people who have memory loss and othe

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  4. New Alzheimer's Drug May Be Safer Than Thought

    July 21, 2011 (Paris) -- An experimental drug that targets one of the underlying processes that may cause Alzheimer's disease may be safer over the long run than previously thought, researchers say. Early studies of the drug, bapineuzumab, raised a red flag when some patients developed troublesome b

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  5. Study: Blood Test Detects Early Alzheimer's

    July 21, 2011 (Paris) -- Australian researchers report they're a step closer to developing a simple blood test for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease. In early testing, the experimental screening tool proved about 85% accurate at determining the amount of Alzheimer's-associated plaque in peo

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  6. Alzheimer's Feared, Misconceptions Common

    July 20, 2011 (Paris) -- Alzheimer's is the second most feared disease after cancer, even though many people do not realize it is inevitably fatal, a U.S. and European survey shows. More than eight in 10 respondents said they would see a doctor if they were experiencing confusion or memory loss to d

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  7. Lifestyle Changes May Prevent Alzheimer's

    July 19, 2011 (Paris) -- Up to half of Alzheimer's cases worldwide could be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, researchers report. A modest reduction in seven modifiable risk factors for dementia, including smoking, obesity, sedentary li

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  8. Mom Has Alzheimer's? Your Risk May Be High

    July 18, 2011 (Paris) -- Having a parent who develops Alzheimer's disease later in life is a major risk factor for the disorder. Now, preliminary research suggests that adults whose moms are affected with late-onset Alzheimer's may have an increased risk for the disease, compared with children of da

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  9. Baby Aspirin May Help Memory, Thinking Skills

    July 18, 2011 (Paris) -- Women who are taking a baby aspirin or two a day for their heart health may be safeguarding their brain health, too, preliminary research suggests. In a five-year study of more than 100 older people at similar risk for heart disease, scores on a standardized test that gauges

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  10. Eye Test Spots Alzheimer's Before Symptoms

    July 18, 2011 (Paris) -- A simple eye test may aid in the early detection of Alzheimer's disease even before memory loss and other symptoms develop, preliminary research suggests. The experimental test, which looks for changes in the eye that can precede the development of Alzheimer's, has only been

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