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  1. Mom Has Alzheimer's? Your Risk May Be High

    July 18, 2011 (Paris) -- Having a parent who develops Alzheimer's disease later in life is a major risk factor for the disorder. Now, preliminary research suggests that adults whose moms are affected with late-onset Alzheimer's may have an increased risk for the disease, compared with children of da

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  2. PET Scans May Help With Alzheimer's Diagnosis

    July 11, 2011 -- A special type of positron emission tomography (PET) scan may help detect the plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease, two new studies show. The studies are published in the Archives of Neurology. The special PET scans use radioactive tracers to highlight amyloid pr

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  3. Protein Levels in Spinal Fluid May Spot Alzheimer's

    June 22, 2011 -- High levels of a protein in the spinal fluid of older people with mild memory loss may help predict which patients will develop Alzheimer's disease, a study shows. The study by researchers at Germany's Technical University Munich looked at levels of amyloid precursor protein (APPB)

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  4. Diet Affects Markers of Alzheimer's Disease

    June 13, 2011 -- Diets that are low in saturated fat and rich in carbohydrates that steady blood sugar and insulin can beneficially change levels of substances associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows. Such diets may also improve some measures of memory. “Diet can ha

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  5. Gene for Alzheimer's Risk May Affect Brain Early

    May 18, 2011 -- Young adults who carry a so-called Alzheimer's risk gene show disruption in their brains as early as their 20s, according to new research. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles used a special MRI scan that maps brain connections to examine 398 healthy young adult

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  6. Memory Loss May Not Be Only Sign of Early Alzheimer's

    May 16, 2011 -- More than one-third of people who develop early-onset Alzheimer’s disease may experience initial symptoms such as behavior, language, or vision problems rather than memory loss, a new study shows. Researchers in Spain say more than half of people who develop Alzheimer’s before age 60

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  7. Alzheimer's Caregivers May Be at Risk for Dementia

    May 13, 2011 -- Husbands and wives who care for a spouse with Alzheimer's disease or another kind of dementia may face an increased risk of mental decline themselves, a new research review shows. "It is incredibly ironic, but also, it makes sense," says study researcher Peter P. Vitaliano, PhD, an a

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  8. Excess Weight in Middle Age Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

    May 2, 2011 -- There's a new reason to keep middle-age spread to a minimum: Being overweight or obese in your 40s or 50s may increase your odds of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia later in life, a study finds. "Our results contribute to the growing evidence that controlling body weight or l

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  9. 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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  10. 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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