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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Ginkgo Biloba Doesn't Protect From Alzheimer's

      Sept. 5, 2012 -- A second large study failed to show that the supplement ginkgo biloba can prevent Alzheimer's disease. The study included close to 3,000 elderly people in France with memory problems. Some of them took ginkgo biloba and some did not. Over five years of follow-up, about the same numb

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    9. Buttered Popcorn Flavoring Linked to Alzheimer's

      Aug. 8, 2012 -- The flavorant that adds buttery taste to foods and a smooth feel to beverages may also trigger Alzheimer's disease, new studies suggest. The flavorant, diacetyl, already is linked to lung damage in people who work in microwave popcorn factories. This led many microwave popcorn makers

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    10. Treatment May Halt Alzheimer’s Progression

      July 17, 2012 -- A small study of a treatment that stabilized four Alzheimer's patients for three years is making big waves. It's not often that a study of a drug being tested in fewer than two dozen people grabs the attention of top experts gathered for a major medical meeting. But that is what's h

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