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  1. Ranks of Alzheimer's Patients Swell

    March 27, 2009 -- An estimated 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease -- a number that is expected to rise in coming years. The disease was the sixth leading cause of death in this country in 2006. The price tag is also big, with an estimated $148 billion annuall

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  2. Mediterranean Diet May Preserve Memory

    Feb. 9, 2009 -- A new study shows that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, which is a stage of memory loss between typical aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Mediterranean eaters who already have mild cognitive impairment are less likely to tra

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  3. Higher Education, Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

    Feb. 2, 2009 -- Having more education reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease but does not slow memory loss once it starts, says a new study. Reporting in the Feb. 3 issue of Neurology, scientists say they found that education does not appear to protect against how fast people lose memory once forge

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  4. Insulin May Protect Mind, Memory

    Feb. 2, 2009 -- Drugs used to keep diabetes under control may also shield memory-forming nerve connections from harmful Alzheimer's-related proteins, according to a study published online today by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers at Northwestern University treated nerve c

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  5. Coffee Strong Enough to Ward Off Dementia?

    Jan. 16, 2009 -- Drinking coffee in moderate amounts during middle age may reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the elderly, according to a new study. Researchers in Finland and Sweden examined the records of 1,409 people whose coffee drinking habits had been recorded when they wer

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  6. High Blood Sugar Linked to Memory Loss

    Dec. 30, 2008 -- Maintaining normal blood sugar levels as we age may protect against more than diabetes. It may also help prevent age-related memory loss, a new study shows. Using high-resolution brain imaging, researchers showed that rising blood sugar levels selectively target a key area of the br

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  7. How to Help Your Aging Parents Without Going Broke

    By Kate Ashford From making their daily life easier to affording in-home care, here's the (money) wise guide you need   When Sue Dietz noticed her mother's dementia worsening, she began spending every day at her parents' house near Pittsburgh — making sure her mom was eating properly and taking medi

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  8. Dementia Death Statistics Underestimated?

    Dec. 9, 2008 -- Dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease, often doesn't get noted on death certificates, which may lead to an underestimate of how deadly those conditions are. That's according to a letter published in the Dec. 10 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The letter

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  9. Ginkgo Biloba Doesn’t Prevent Dementia

    Nov. 18, 2008 -- Millions of older people take the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba in hopes that it will prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease and other age-related dementias, but one of the largest and longest studies to address the issue shows no benefit. A little more than 3,000

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  10. Form of Vitamin B3 May Help Alzheimer's

    Nov. 4, 2008 -- Nicotinamide, a form of the vitamin B3, may help Alzheimer's patients retain their memory, a study shows. The study was conducted on mice, not people. But clinical trials on humans are under way. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine dissolved nicotinamide in drinking

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