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  1. Signs of Alzheimer’s May Show Up Years Before Symptoms

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- Amyloid protein plaques in the brain are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Now, new research shows that this plaque actually builds up gradually and causes subtle changes in memory and mental status even in some adults who are healthy. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of

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  2. Clue to Alzheimer's Disease Found in Spinal Fluid

    Jan. 3, 2012 -- Measuring protein fragments in spinal fluid may soon help doctors predict which patients with mild memory loss will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease.   What’s more, the test may help determine the risk of developing Alzheimer's as early as a decade before symptoms warrant a diagn

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  3. Brain Scans Spot Alzheimer’s Changes Years Before Symptoms

    Dec. 21, 2011 -- Researchers say they can see telltale brain shrinkage years before a person develops memory loss or other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The new finding may one day allow doctors to detect and treat patients earlier and perhaps keep them functional for longer. Researchers at Massa

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  4. Eating Fish May Be Good for Brain Health

    Nov. 30, 2011 (Chicago) -- Older people who eat baked or broiled fish at least once a week may be boosting their brain health. In a new study, imaging scans showed that regular fish-eaters were less likely to have brain cells die off in the area of the brain responsible for short-term memory -- reca

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  5. Lower Weight May Be Early Alzheimer’s Sign

    Nov. 21, 2011 -- Being overweight in middle age is now recognized as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, but being overweight or obese later in life is associated with a lower risk for age-related memory decline. New research may help explain this, suggesting that weight loss may be one of severa

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  6. Key Challenges for Fighting Alzheimer's Disease

    Nov. 8, 2011 -- The Alzheimer's Association in a new report has identified 10 "critical challenges" that need to be addressed by the nation to combat the growth and devastating impact of Alzheimer's disease. The challenges include lack of funding and problems with diagnosing Alzheimer's. An estimate

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  7. Family History Has Complex Role in Alzheimer's Risk

    Oct. 10, 2011 -- The role of family history on a person's risk for Alzheimer's disease appears to be more complex than previously recognized, a new study shows. Scientists once thought that the bulk of genetic risk for late-onset Alzheimer's lay in a set of genes, called ApoE genes, that make a prot

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  8. Alzheimer's Caregivers: Sandwiched Between Parenting Your Kids and Your Parents

    There are about 10 million people in the U.S. -- mostly women – who have chosen to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a grueling job in itself, but many aren’t only caregiving. They’re also raising kids of their own -- and maybe working – at the same time. “You’re already a pare

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  9. Drug May Reduce Plaque in Brains of Alzheimer's Patients

    Oct. 10, 2011 -- A small study shows that a new drug being tested for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease reduces the buildup of plaques in the brain associated with the fatal disease. The experimental compound, known as gantenerumab, is being developed by Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical company. "

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  10. Millions Worldwide Have Undiagnosed Alzheimer's

    Sept. 13, 2011 -- As many as three-fourths of the 36 million people worldwide who have Alzheimer's disease or other dementias have not been diagnosed, limiting access to treatment for patients and support for caregivers, a new report finds. The report was released today by the global patient advocac

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