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  1. Spinal Fluid Test May Diagnose Alzheimer's

    Aug. 9, 2010 -- Researchers have identified a protein "signature" in the spinal fluid of patients with Alzheimer's disease, which could represent an important advance in its diagnosis. The signature was found in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 90% of people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease a

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  2. New Criteria for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Coming

    Aug. 4, 2010 -- The race is on to finalize proposed new ways to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease early, even before any symptoms occur. The newly proposed diagnostic criteria were developed by experts from the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association and cover three stages of the

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  3. Insulin Nasal Spray May Help Treat Alzheimer's

    July 14, 2010 -- A unique treatment approach that involved twice-daily, nasally delivered insulin is showing early promise for boosting memory in patients with Alzheimer's disease. In a four-month study, patients with Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment treated with a lower dose of an insulin

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  4. New Recommendations for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

    July 13, 2010 -- Experts from the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association have issued suggestions to update the criteria for the diagnosis of  Alzheimer's disease. The new proposed criteria will be the first update in 26 years. ''The last set of criteria for Alzheimer's disease [

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  5. Larger Head Size May Help Alzheimer's Patients

    July 12, 2010 -- People suffering from Alzheimer's disease who have large heads seem to have better thinking skills and memory compared to those with Alzheimer's who have smaller heads, new research shows. In the study, published in the July 13 issue of Neurology, researchers looked at Alzheimer's p

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  6. Predicting Alzheimer's: PET Scan Plus Memory Test Works Best

    June 30, 2010 -- About half of older people with memory loss who meet the clinical definition of mild cognitive impairment will develop Alzheimer’s disease within five years, but predicting who will and will not progress to dementia remains a challenge.  Genetic, biochemical, and brain imaging analy

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  7. No Proof Healthy Lifestyle Prevents Alzheimer’s

    June 14, 2010 -- There's no solid scientific proof that lifestyle measures can prevent Alzheimer's disease or cognitive decline, according to a federally convened panel of experts. Staying healthy, exercising, eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other healthful foods, and keeping your mind

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  8. Researchers Find Clues for Early Alzheimer's

    June 10, 2010 -- Researchers have discovered how mutations in a gene long known to be associated with early-onset Alzheimer's disease cause the brain disorder. ''We think we have the principal mechanism by how the gene is affected and causes the early onset of Alzheimer's," says researcher Ralph Nix

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  9. Dementia Risk Higher if Your Spouse Has Dementia

    May 5, 2010 -- Older men living with wives who have dementia have an almost 12-fold increased risk for developing dementia themselves, a new study shows. Elderly women in the study whose husbands developed dementia had a fourfold increase in dementia risk. A strong body of research has linked caring

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  10. Panel: No Evidence of Alzheimer's Prevention

    April 28, 2010 -- There is no good evidence that Alzheimer’s disease or the other forms of dementia affecting millions of Americans are preventable, a government scientific panel concluded Wednesday. The group warns that supplements, drugs, special diets, and other products marketed for brain-healin

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