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  1. High Blood Sugar Linked to Memory Loss

    Dec. 30, 2008 -- Maintaining normal blood sugar levels as we age may protect against more than diabetes. It may also help prevent age-related memory loss, a new study shows. Using high-resolution brain imaging, researchers showed that rising blood sugar levels selectively target a key area of the br

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  2. How to Help Your Aging Parents Without Going Broke

    By Kate Ashford From making their daily life easier to affording in-home care, here's the (money) wise guide you need   When Sue Dietz noticed her mother's dementia worsening, she began spending every day at her parents' house near Pittsburgh — making sure her mom was eating properly and taking medi

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  3. Dementia Death Statistics Underestimated?

    Dec. 9, 2008 -- Dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease, often doesn't get noted on death certificates, which may lead to an underestimate of how deadly those conditions are. That's according to a letter published in the Dec. 10 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The letter

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  4. Ginkgo Biloba Doesn’t Prevent Dementia

    Nov. 18, 2008 -- Millions of older people take the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba in hopes that it will prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease and other age-related dementias, but one of the largest and longest studies to address the issue shows no benefit. A little more than 3,000

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  5. Form of Vitamin B3 May Help Alzheimer's

    Nov. 4, 2008 -- Nicotinamide, a form of the vitamin B3, may help Alzheimer's patients retain their memory, a study shows. The study was conducted on mice, not people. But clinical trials on humans are under way. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine dissolved nicotinamide in drinking

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  6. Valproic Acid May Treat Alzheimer's

    Oct. 27, 2008 -- Valproic acid, an epilepsy drug also used to treat bipolar disorder, may have benefits against Alzheimer's disease if given before Alzheimer's gets severe, a new study shows. Researchers report that mice genetically at risk for Alzheimer's disease develop less brain plaque (a hallma

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  7. B Vitamins No Help for Alzheimer's

    Oct. 14, 2008 - Clinical trial findings crush hopes that high-dose B vitamins -- folate and vitamins B6 and B12 -- might slow mental decline in people with Alzheimer's disease. The findings come from a study of people who already had mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's. Over 18 months, Alzheimer's disease

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  8. Alzheimer’s: Two Drugs Better Than One

    Sept. 25, 2008 -- Treating Alzheimer's patients with a combination of the two types of drugs now approved for the disease is better than no treatment for delaying the progression of symptoms. That is the finding from one of the first long-term, independent studies to examine the effectiveness of Alz

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  9. Blood Marker Predicts Alzheimer's

    Sept. 8, 2008 -- High blood levels of a plaque peptide may predict Alzheimer's disease in elderly people. The finding comes from a study of 1,125 people who were in their late 70s when their blood was first tested. Four and a half years later, 104 of them had Alzheimer's disease. Those with the high

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  10. PET Scans Spot Early Alzheimer's

    Aug. 11, 2008 -- A special type of positron emission tomography (PET) scan appears to detect abnormal brain proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease. Spotting early brain changes related to Alzheimer's can be a daunting task. Abnormal proteins called beta-amyloid plaques are a hallmark of the di

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