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