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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Drug for Immune Disorders Helps Alzheimer's

    April 14, 2010 (Toronto) -- A decades-old drug made from human plasma appears to slow the decline of mental skills in people with Alzheimer's disease, suggest results from a small preliminary study. The drug is called Gammagard. It's a form of intravenous immunoglobulin, or IVIG, drugs that are usua

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  4. New Alzheimer’s Gene Found

    April 14, 2010 (Toronto) -- A newly identified gene appears to increase a person’s risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of Alzheimer’s disease. People with a particular variation in the gene, dubbed MTHFD1L, may be nearly twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s dise

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  5. Formula Predicts Alzheimer's Longevity

    April 13, 2010 (Toronto) -- "Tell me, doctor, how long do I have?" That, says Gregory A. Jicha, MD, is the first question patients ask after receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Until now, the answer has largely been a guessing game. But Jicha and colleagues have developed a simple formula

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  6. Emotions Linger When Memories Fade

    April 12, 2010 -- Emotions may persist long after the actual memory of an experience dies, a new study finds. Researchers found that people with severe amnesia continued to experience elevated levels of sadness or happiness after watching a sad or happy movie clip, even though they couldn’t remember

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  7. When Should Dementia Patients Stop Driving?

    April 13, 2010 (Toronto) -- If a family member with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia is racking up traffic tickets, getting in repeated fender benders, or exhibiting road rage, it may be time to think about taking away the car keys. About 4 million Americans have some type of dementia and nearl

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  8. Foods That Fight Alzheimer's Disease

    April 12, 2010 -- A low-fat diet with a lot of salad dressing, nuts, poultry, and certain fruits and vegetables may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. Researchers say evidence is mounting on which foods may prevent Alzheimer's disease. But because foods are not eaten in isol

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  9. Can Meditation Reverse Memory Loss?

    Mar 3, 2010 -- Meditation can increase blood flow in the brain and improve memory, according to researchers who tested a specific kind of meditation and found the improvement after just eight weeks. The 15 participants, ages 52 to 77, all had memory problems at the start, says Dharma Singh Khalsa, M

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  10. Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer's: One Woman's Story

    I didn't know anything about Alzheimer's before my mother and my stepfather developed it at roughly the same time in the spring of 2005. I was living outside of Portland, Oregon; they were living in Mission, Texas. They were 86 and 84, respectively. I had tried to talk them into moving to an assiste

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