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  1. U.S. Spends More on Dementia Care Than Cancer

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of caring for Americans with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia may now be as high as $215 billion a year -- more than the cost of caring for heart disease or cancer, a new study finds. And that number is expected

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  2. Implanted Brain Stimulator for Alzheimer's Tested

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are testing whether applying electrical stimulation directly to the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease might improve thinking, focus and alertness. The process, called direct brain stimulation, or de

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  3. A Third of U.S. Seniors Die With Dementia: Study

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- There's more troubling news for America's aging population: A new report finds that one in every three seniors now dies while suffering from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. In many cases, dementia is the cause of deat

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  4. High Blood Pressure May Add to Alzheimer's Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure in people with a genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease may spur development of brain plaque, a hallmark of the age-related brain disorder, a new study suggests. The findings suggest yet another reason for k

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  5. Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 11 (HealthDay News) -- A small Finnish study is raising hopes for a new drug designed to help stave off memory loss among patients struggling with moderate Alzheimer's disease. Still in the preliminary stages of investigation, the drug -- called ORM-127

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  6. Alzheimer's Caregivers: Patience, Sympathy Are Key

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- The picture isn't necessarily pretty when it comes to Alzheimer's disease. More than 5 million Americans currently have the degenerative brain condition, there's no sure way to prevent it and current treatment options don't work

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  7. Alzheimer's Cases May Triple by 2050

    Feb. 7, 2013 -- The number of people with Alzheimer's may triple by 2050, from 4.7 million in 2010 to 13.8 million by 2050, a new study shows. "These are staggering numbers," says researcher Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD, of the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging in Chicago. "The ramifications for society

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  8. Alzheimer's: Are Antipsychotic Drugs Worth It?

    Oct. 17, 2012 -- Extreme agitation, aggressiveness, and psychosis are common among people with Alzheimer's disease -- especially in its later stages -- and they are among the symptoms most often associated with admission to nursing homes. Antipsychotic drugs are often prescribed to treat these sympt

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  9. Alzheimer's Drug Slows Memory Decline

    Oct. 8, 2012 (Boston) -- An experimental Alzheimer’s treatment slowed memory loss by about one-third in people with mild Alzheimer's, offering hope that the drug can alter the course of the progressive disease. Called solanezumab, the drug attaches to a protein called beta-amyloid that builds up and

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  10. NFL Players at Higher Risk of Brain Diseases

    Sept. 5, 2012 -- Former National Football League (NFL) players may have a higher risk of dying from diseases that damage brain cells. Research has raised red flags about the health risks associated with cumulative blows to the head. Now a new study finds that pro football players are four times more

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