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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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