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    1. Drug May Help Diagnose Alzheimer's Earlier

      April 15, 2012 -- An experimental drug called florbetaben may help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's disease earlier in some people with memory problems. Florbetaben is one of several new radioactive drugs being used to detect Alzheimer's disease. Others include Amyvid, approved last week by the FDA. Aft

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    2. 1 in 7 People With Alzheimer’s Lives Alone

      March 8, 2012 -- One in seven people with Alzheimer’s disease lives alone. This is one of the more stark findings from the 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s Association. The new report also looks at the costs of caring for people with Alzheimer’

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    3. Longer Use of Alzheimer’s Drug May Help Patients

      March 7, 2012 -- The Alzheimer’s drug Aricept helps people with early to moderate signs of the disease maintain a higher level of function, but just how long the drug continues working is not fully understood. A new study may help clear up some confusion. Aricept is the most widely prescribed medica

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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