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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Falls an Early Clue to Alzheimer's

    July 18, 2011 (Paris) -- Falls may be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease, researchers report. In a study of 125 older adults who appeared physically and cognitively healthy, two-thirds of those with large deposits of Alzheimer's-associated plaque in their brains suffered falls. In contrast, only o

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  5. 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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  6. PET Scans May Help With Alzheimer's Diagnosis

    July 11, 2011 -- A special type of positron emission tomography (PET) scan may help detect the plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease, two new studies show. The studies are published in the Archives of Neurology. The special PET scans use radioactive tracers to highlight amyloid pr

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  7. Protein Levels in Spinal Fluid May Spot Alzheimer's

    June 22, 2011 -- High levels of a protein in the spinal fluid of older people with mild memory loss may help predict which patients will develop Alzheimer's disease, a study shows. The study by researchers at Germany's Technical University Munich looked at levels of amyloid precursor protein (APPB)

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  8. Diet Affects Markers of Alzheimer's Disease

    June 13, 2011 -- Diets that are low in saturated fat and rich in carbohydrates that steady blood sugar and insulin can beneficially change levels of substances associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows. Such diets may also improve some measures of memory. “Diet can ha

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  9. Gene for Alzheimer's Risk May Affect Brain Early

    May 18, 2011 -- Young adults who carry a so-called Alzheimer's risk gene show disruption in their brains as early as their 20s, according to new research. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles used a special MRI scan that maps brain connections to examine 398 healthy young adult

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  10. Memory Loss May Not Be Only Sign of Early Alzheimer's

    May 16, 2011 -- More than one-third of people who develop early-onset Alzheimer’s disease may experience initial symptoms such as behavior, language, or vision problems rather than memory loss, a new study shows. Researchers in Spain say more than half of people who develop Alzheimer’s before age 60

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