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    1. Overeating May Raise Risk for Memory Problems

      Feb. 12, 2012 -- Overeating may double your risk of developing memory problems. Older adults who ate between 2,100 and 6,000 calories each day were twice as likely to develop memory problems. The new findings are slated to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Ne

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    2. New Alzheimer’s Guidelines May Confuse Diagnosis

      Feb. 7, 2012 -- New Alzheimer’s guidelines may be creating confusion. Under recently revised criteria, nearly all people currently diagnosed with very mild or mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia would be classified instead as having mild cognitive impairment, akin to slight memory loss, which could mi

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    3. Senior Moment or Something Worse? Yes/No Test May Tell

      Feb. 3, 2012 -- When are “senior moments” just a normal part of healthy aging, and when are they a sign of something more serious such as Alzheimer’s disease? This is the million dollar question, and the Alzheimer’s Questionnaire, a set of 21 yes or no questions that can be answered by a loved one o

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    4. Signs of Alzheimer’s May Show Up Years Before Symptoms

      Feb. 1, 2012 -- Amyloid protein plaques in the brain are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Now, new research shows that this plaque actually builds up gradually and causes subtle changes in memory and mental status even in some adults who are healthy. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of

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    5. Clue to Alzheimer's Disease Found in Spinal Fluid

      Jan. 3, 2012 -- Measuring protein fragments in spinal fluid may soon help doctors predict which patients with mild memory loss will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease.   What’s more, the test may help determine the risk of developing Alzheimer's as early as a decade before symptoms warrant a diagn

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    6. Brain Scans Spot Alzheimer’s Changes Years Before Symptoms

      Dec. 21, 2011 -- Researchers say they can see telltale brain shrinkage years before a person develops memory loss or other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The new finding may one day allow doctors to detect and treat patients earlier and perhaps keep them functional for longer. Researchers at Massa

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    7. Eating Fish May Be Good for Brain Health

      Nov. 30, 2011 (Chicago) -- Older people who eat baked or broiled fish at least once a week may be boosting their brain health. In a new study, imaging scans showed that regular fish-eaters were less likely to have brain cells die off in the area of the brain responsible for short-term memory -- reca

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    8. Lower Weight May Be Early Alzheimer’s Sign

      Nov. 21, 2011 -- Being overweight in middle age is now recognized as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, but being overweight or obese later in life is associated with a lower risk for age-related memory decline. New research may help explain this, suggesting that weight loss may be one of severa

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    9. Key Challenges for Fighting Alzheimer's Disease

      Nov. 8, 2011 -- The Alzheimer's Association in a new report has identified 10 "critical challenges" that need to be addressed by the nation to combat the growth and devastating impact of Alzheimer's disease. The challenges include lack of funding and problems with diagnosing Alzheimer's. An estimate

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    10. Family History Has Complex Role in Alzheimer's Risk

      Oct. 10, 2011 -- The role of family history on a person's risk for Alzheimer's disease appears to be more complex than previously recognized, a new study shows. Scientists once thought that the bulk of genetic risk for late-onset Alzheimer's lay in a set of genes, called ApoE genes, that make a prot

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