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  1. New Alzheimer's Genes Found

    April 3, 2011 - A massive scientific effort has found five new gene variants linked to Alzheimer's disease. The undertaking involved analyzing the genomes of nearly 40,000 people with and without Alzheimer's. The mammoth task was undertaken by two separate research consortiums in the U.S. and in Eur

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  2. Number of Alzheimer’s Caregivers Is Increasing

    March 15, 2011 -- The number of Alzheimer's disease caregivers in the U.S. is far larger than previously believed, according to a new report issued by the Alzheimer's Association. "The number of Americans living in the U.S. as caregivers to someone with Alzheimer's or a different type of dementia is

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  3. Stem Cells Give Clues to Alzheimer’s Treatment

    March 4, 2011 -- Using stem cells, researchers have re-created key neurons affected by Alzheimer’s disease in the lab, a discovery that could lead to improved treatments for the disease. Researchers say it’s the first time embryonic stem cells have been transformed into a critical type of cell that

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  4. Alcohol May Help Prevent Dementia

    March 2, 2011 -- Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol may protect against dementia, according to a new study in the journal Age and Ageing. Among Germans aged 75 and older, those who drank two to three drinks a day decreased their risk of dementia by as much as 60% percent compared to those who abs

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  5. Mother's Alzheimer's Disease May Boost Your Risk

    Feb. 28, 2011 -- Having a mother with Alzheimer's disease may boost your risk of getting it more than having a father who suffers from the degenerative brain disorder, new research suggests. "People with a mother with Alzheimer's disease had signs of brain shrinkage similar to people with early Alzh

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  6. Alzheimer's Disease May Be Misdiagnosed

    Feb. 23, 2011 -- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias that occur late in life are easily misdiagnosed, new research indicates. Researchers autopsied the brains of 426 Japanese-American men who lived in Hawaii and died at an average age of 87. Of those, 211 were diagnosed with dementia when they w

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  7. Americans Worry About Getting Alzheimer's

    Feb. 23, 2011 -- American adults fear getting Alzheimer’s disease almost as much as they do getting cancer, a new survey shows. A survey of 1,007 adults by Harris Interactive for the MetLife Foundation finds that 41% of people fear cancer most, closely followed by Alzheimer’s disease at 31%. The rep

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  8. Beta-Amyloid May Identify Alzheimer’s Disease

    Jan. 18, 2011 -- Two new studies suggest the protein fragment beta-amyloid may be a useful biomarker to identify people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have long searched for such biomarkers to identify those at risk for Alzheimer’s early in the course of the disease, before significant

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  9. Green Tea May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

    Jan. 6, 2011 -- Regular consumption of green tea may offer protection against Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and may also slow growth of cancer cells, new research indicates. Green tea, an ancient Chinese remedy, has been shown to have protective properties in undigested, freshly brewed for

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  10. Advances Made Toward Alzheimer’s Blood Test

    Jan. 6, 2011 -- Molecules developed in the lab to seek out antibodies associated with disease could lead to simple blood tests for Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and a host of other diseases, researchers say. The new experimental technology relies on thousands of synthetic molecules known as pepto

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