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  1. Epilepsy Drugs May Treat Alzheimer's

    Oct. 29, 2009 -- A group of drugs used to treat epilepsy may also treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. New research shows treatment with T-type calcium channel blockers, used to treat epilepsy, protected nerve cells from the brains of mice that can be damaged by neurodegenerative disorders suc

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  2. David Hyde Pierce: Advocate for Alzheimer's Research

    David Hyde Pierce's longest-running role to date has been as an advocate for Alzheimer's disease awareness and research. Best known as Niles Crane, the character he played for 11 years on NBC's hit sitcom Frasier (as well as his 2008 Tony for the Broadway musical Curtains), Pierce originally got inv

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  3. Nuts, Vegetables, Fish Cut Alzheimer's Risk

    Oct. 15, 2009 (Baltimore) -- A diet rich in cruciferous and green leafy vegetables, nuts, fish, and tomatoes and low in red meat and high-fat dairy products may protect against Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. Researcher Nikolaos Scarmeas, MD, associate professor of neurology at Columbia Unive

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  4. Late-Dementia Suffering Often Unnecessary

    Oct. 14, 2009 -- Patients with advanced Alzheimer’s disease or other age-related dementias often suffer unnecessarily near the end of life probably because their condition is not recognized as fatal, researchers say. The death rate among patients with advanced dementia in a newly published study was

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  5. Dealing With Alzheimer's Disease Memory Loss

    For John MacInnes, the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease were startling. The retired executive and former pastor in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., first realized something was wrong as he was delivering a PowerPoint presentation to a community group. “Then in mid-sentence, I had problems,” he says. “I had

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  6. Money Problems May Signal Alzheimer's

    Sept. 21, 2009 - Money management problems among the elderly may be an early predictor of Alzheimer’s disease. A new study suggests that difficulties balancing a checkbook or dealing with other financial matters may be the first sign that an older person with otherwise mild cognitive impairment (MCI

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  7. New Alzheimer's Gene Targets Found

    Sept. 6, 2009 -- Researchers in the U.K. and France have found three genes that make Alzheimer's disease more likely when certain mutations are present. The genes -- which are called CLU, CR1, and PICALM -- may make good targets for new Alzheimer's disease treatments, the scientists report online in

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  8. Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Cuts Alzheimer's Risk

    Aug. 10, 2009 - People who mostly follow the Mediterranean diet lower their risk of mental decline -- and they lower this risk even more if they exercise, new studies suggest. In a 2006 study, Columbia University Medical Center researcher Nikolaos Scarmeas, MD, and colleagues showed that elderly New

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  9. Puzzles, Games Protect the Brain

    Aug. 5, 2009 -- If you are trying to decide what to buy Grandma and Grandpa for their birthdays, consider a board game or good book. Why? A recent study shows that increased  participation in activities that stimulate the brain may delay onset of dementia-related memory decline in older seniors. Res

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  10. Naproxen May Help Prevent Alzheimer's

    July 16, 2009 (Vienna, Austria) -- Could it be that anti-inflammatory drugs such as NSAIDs can help prevent Alzheimer's disease after all? That's the suggestion from a follow-up analysis of the same study that concluded that neither naproxen nor Celebrex preserves mental function. NSAIDs -- nonstero

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