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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Dimebon Shines as Alzheimer's Therapy

    July 30, 2008 -- Dimebon, a 25-year-old Russian antihistamine, seems to stabilize Alzheimer's disease in an 18-month study, surprising experts at this week's International Conference on Alzheimer's disease. It's not the only experimental Alzheimer's treatment to show promise. That's especially good

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  4. Mom's Alzheimer's May Raise Children's Risk

    July 30, 2008 -- If your mother had late-onset Alzheimer's disease, you may be more likely to undergo brain metabolism changes that might lead to Alzheimer's, a new study shows. But that doesn't mean that Alzheimer's disease is definitely in your future, notes researcher Lisa Mosconi, PhD, assistant

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  5. New Tests Could Predict Alzheimer's

    July 29, 2008 -- New tests promise to detect Alzheimer's disease before a person shows signs of dementia, giving treatments their best chance to prevent loss of mental function. The tests aren't yet ready for prime time. But they mark progress in the quest to find ways to identify Alzheimer's diseas

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  6. Can Statins Reduce Risk of Memory Loss?

    July 28, 2008 -- The same drugs that protect against heart attacks and strokes by lowering cholesterol may also protect against age-related memory loss and dementia. In a study that included about 1,700 elderly people, those who took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were about half as likely to dev

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  7. Enbrel May Help Treat Alzheimer's

    July 21, 2008 -- A drug commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other immune-based conditions may also be effective at targeting language-related Alzheimer's disease problems. Disruption of language abilities, such as difficulty finding words to express thoughts, is a common symptom of Alzhe

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  8. Exercise Amps Up Alzheimer’s Brain?

    July 14, 2008 -- Chalk up another benefit of being physically fit, this time for people who have early Alzheimer's disease. A new study links cardiorespiratory fitness to less brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease. Researcher Jeffrey M. Burns, MD, says in a news release that Alzhe

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  9. New Screening Tool for Dementia

    July 2, 2008 -- Grandma seldom forgets where she puts her keys. Check. She can still whip up her favorite dish while regaling you about Uncle Joe's latest escapades. Check. She always knows where her car is parked, and might even point out where yours is, too. Check. Answering basic questions that t

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  10. Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Halted

    July 2, 2008 -- It's the end of the road for Flurizan, an experimental Alzheimer's disease drug, after disappointing results in its latest study. Myriad Genetics, which was developing Flurizan, says it's discontinuing work on the drug. In a preliminary study recently published in The Lancet, Fluriza

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