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  1. 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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  2. Blueberry Juice May Boost Memory

    Jan. 21, 2010 -- Swapping out the usual OJ for blueberry juice in the morning may give your brain a memory boost. A new study shows that drinking a daily dose of wild blueberry juice improved the memory of older adults with age-related memory problems. It's the first study to show a potential benefi

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  3. Drowsiness, Staring May Signal Alzheimer’s

    Jan. 19, 2010 -- Drowsiness, staring off into space, or losing your train of thought may be early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. Researchers found that people with at least three different symptoms of mental lapses like these were 4.6 times more likely to have dementia th

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  4. Hypertension Drugs May Cut Alzheimer's Risk

    Jan. 12, 2010 -- Drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease may reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Boston University scientists, reporting in the journal BMJ, say a class of high blood pressure drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers

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  5. 'Longevity' Gene May Cut Dementia Risk

    Jan. 12, 2010 -- The so-called "longevity gene" may do more than add years to your life. It may also help stave off age-related cognitive decline, and this discovery is paving the way for new drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease, a study shows. The longevity gene is a variant of the cholesteryl ester

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  6. New Brain Scan May Predict Alzheimer's

    Jan. 6, 2010 -- A new imaging technique that measures the random motion of water within the brain may prove useful for detecting early signs of Alzheimer's disease. The technique, known as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) or diffusion MRI, is used to assess changes in the white matter regions of the b

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  7. Can Cell Phones Help Fight Alzheimer's?

    Jan. 6, 2010 -- Cell phone exposure may be helpful in the fight against Alzheimer's disease, a new study shows. The study, involving mice, provides evidence that long-term exposure to electromagnetic waves associated with cell phone use may protect against, and even reverse, Alzheimer's disease. The

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  8. Study: Alzheimer's Patients Get Less Cancer

    Dec. 23, 2009 -- Having Alzheimer’s disease just may convey some protection against cancer, and vice versa, early research suggests. Compared to elderly study participants without Alzheimer’s disease, those with Alzheimer’s were less likely to be diagnosed with cancer over eight years of follow-up.

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  9. More Leptin May Mean Less Alzheimer's

    Dec. 15, 2009 -- High levels of the energy-regulating hormone leptin were associated with lower rates of Alzheimer's disease in a study appearing in The Journal of the American Medical Association. If confirmed, researchers say the findings could have important implications in the search for effecti

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  10. Alzheimer's Grips Brain Before Mental Decline

    Dec. 14, 2009 - Apparently healthy people with no sign of mental decline may already have significant Alzheimer's disease, new studies show. This "preclinical Alzheimer's disease" puts a person at high risk of an eventual diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, find studies led by John C. Morris, MD, dire

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