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  1. Alzheimer's Has Hefty Global Price Tag

    Sept. 21, 2010 -- A new international report about Alzheimer’s disease suggests that the global economic impact of dementia costs about $604 billion or 1% of the global Gross Domestic Product, indicating that the financial toll of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s is substantial and expected to r

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  2. Blood Test May Help Detect Alzheimer's Disease

    Sept. 13, 2010 - A blood test may soon be able to detect early Alzheimer's disease, new findings suggest. The blood contains no single marker for Alzheimer's disease, says Texas Tech Health Sciences Center researcher Sid E. O'Bryant, PhD. But by looking at a number of different proteins in the blood

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  3. Memory Loss May Be More Common in Men

    Sept. 7, 2010 -- Men may experience mild loss of memory and thinking skills more often than women, new research suggests. And the reason may be gender related, says study researcher Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The study shows that a condition known as mild cognit

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  4. Spinal Fluid Test May Diagnose Alzheimer's

    Aug. 9, 2010 -- Researchers have identified a protein "signature" in the spinal fluid of patients with Alzheimer's disease, which could represent an important advance in its diagnosis. The signature was found in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 90% of people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease a

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  5. New Criteria for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Coming

    Aug. 4, 2010 -- The race is on to finalize proposed new ways to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease early, even before any symptoms occur. The newly proposed diagnostic criteria were developed by experts from the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association and cover three stages of the

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  6. Insulin Nasal Spray May Help Treat Alzheimer's

    July 14, 2010 -- A unique treatment approach that involved twice-daily, nasally delivered insulin is showing early promise for boosting memory in patients with Alzheimer's disease. In a four-month study, patients with Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment treated with a lower dose of an insulin

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  7. New Recommendations for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

    July 13, 2010 -- Experts from the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association have issued suggestions to update the criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The new proposed criteria will be the first update in 26 years. ''The last set of criteria for Alzheimer's disease [d

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  8. Larger Head Size May Help Alzheimer's Patients

    July 12, 2010 -- People suffering from Alzheimer's disease who have large heads seem to have better thinking skills and memory compared to those with Alzheimer's who have smaller heads, new research shows. In the study, published in the July 13 issue of Neurology, researchers looked at Alzheimer's p

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  9. Predicting Alzheimer's: PET Scan Plus Memory Test Works Best

    June 30, 2010 -- About half of older people with memory loss who meet the clinical definition of mild cognitive impairment will develop Alzheimer’s disease within five years, but predicting who will and will not progress to dementia remains a challenge. Genetic, biochemical, and brain imaging analys

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  10. No Proof Healthy Lifestyle Prevents Alzheimer’s

    June 14, 2010 -- There's no solid scientific proof that lifestyle measures can prevent Alzheimer's disease or cognitive decline, according to a federally convened panel of experts. Staying healthy, exercising, eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other healthful foods, and keeping your mind

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