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  1. New Alzheimer's Guidelines Stress Early Diagnosis

    April 19, 2011 -- Alzheimer's disease should be diagnosed early, before a person develops severe, late-stage dementia, new guidelines suggest. It's been 27 years since guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease were laid out. Since 1984, research has shown Alzheimer's to be a disease that begins

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  2. Brain Shrinkage May Help Predict Alzheimer’s

    April 13, 2011 -- Brain shrinkage seen on MRI imaging may actually occur up to 10 years before Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed, finds a new study in Neurology. “This measure is potentially an important imaging marker of early changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease that could help

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  3. Treating High Blood Pressure May Delay Alzheimer's

    April 13, 2011 -- Treating high blood pressure and other so-called vascular risk factors in people who have mild cognitive impairment may reduce their risk of progressing to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. "Recent animal studies suggest that vascular risk factors play roles in the dev

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  4. Study: Memantine Doesn’t Work in Early Alzheimer’s Disease

    April 11, 2011 -- A drug that is widely used, but not approved, for the treatment of mild Alzheimer’s disease shows little evidence of benefit in these early-stage patients, according to a new research analysis. Memantine, sold as Namenda in the U.S., was approved by the FDA in 2003 for moderate to

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  5. MRI Scan May Predict Alzheimer's Disease

    April 7, 2011 -- Using MRI, researchers may be able to predict on an individual basis which people who have mild cognitive impairment will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease. "We have known for a long time that the brain shrinks in Alzheimer's disease and you can detect this on MRI," says research

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  6. New Alzheimer's Genes Found

    April 3, 2011 - A massive scientific effort has found five new gene variants linked to Alzheimer's disease. The undertaking involved analyzing the genomes of nearly 40,000 people with and without Alzheimer's. The mammoth task was undertaken by two separate research consortiums in the U.S. and in Eur

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  7. Stem Cells Give Clues to Alzheimer’s Treatment

    March 4, 2011 -- Using stem cells, researchers have re-created key neurons affected by Alzheimer’s disease in the lab, a discovery that could lead to improved treatments for the disease. Researchers say it’s the first time embryonic stem cells have been transformed into a critical type of cell that

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  8. Alcohol May Help Prevent Dementia

    March 2, 2011 -- Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol may protect against dementia, according to a new study in the journal Age and Ageing. Among Germans aged 75 and older, those who drank two to three drinks a day decreased their risk of dementia by as much as 60% percent compared to those who abs

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  9. Mother's Alzheimer's Disease May Boost Your Risk

    Feb. 28, 2011 -- Having a mother with Alzheimer's disease may boost your risk of getting it more than having a father who suffers from the degenerative brain disorder, new research suggests. "People with a mother with Alzheimer's disease had signs of brain shrinkage similar to people with early Alzh

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  10. Alzheimer's Disease May Be Misdiagnosed

    Feb. 23, 2011 -- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias that occur late in life are easily misdiagnosed, new research indicates. Researchers autopsied the brains of 426 Japanese-American men who lived in Hawaii and died at an average age of 87. Of those, 211 were diagnosed with dementia when they w

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