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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Link Between Alzheimer's, Heart Failure

    Nov. 16, 2009 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Researchers report evidence supporting a link between Alzheimer's disease and chronic heart failure, two of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. and Europe. Heart failure involves a harmful buildup of a protein called desmin, says Giulio Agnetti, PhD, a postdoc

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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