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  1. 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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  2. Low HDL Linked to Memory Loss

    June 30, 2008 -- Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, in middle age could increase the risk of developing dementia later in life, new research suggests. Falling HDL cholesterol levels among study participants in their mid 50s to early 60s predicted memory declines dur

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  3. FAQ: New Alzheimer's Gene

    June 27, 2008 -- Scientists have discovered a new Alzheimer's disease gene called CALHM1. That genetic risk factor is common, and while it's not as big a risk as another genetic variant called ApoE4, it is "extremely significant" and may lead to new Alzheimer's treatments, researcher Philippe Maramb

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  4. New Type of MRI Scan Spots Alzheimer's

    June 24, 2008 -- A new type of MRI scan may help doctors spot early signs of Alzheimer's disease in the brain, paving the way for earlier treatment of the disease. Researchers in France have developed an automated system for measuring brain tissue loss using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technolo

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  5. Antipsychotics for Dementia Up Death Risk

    June 16, 2008 -- Like newer antipsychotic drugs, "conventional" antipsychotics appear to increase the risk of death in patients with dementia. Antipsychotic drugs aren't specifically approved to treat dementia. They're mainly used to treat patients with schizophrenia. But people with dementia someti

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  6. Bright Light Improves Dementia Symptoms

    June 10, 2008 -- Turning up the lights during the daytime may boost mood and improve behavior in elderly adults with dementia, according to a new study. Mood swings, sleep problems, and behavioral issues frequently affect those with dementia-related cognitive decline. Such disturbances can increase

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  7. NSAIDs and Alzheimer’s: Jury Still Out

    May 28, 2008 -- It's still unclear whether nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) lower Alzheimer's risk. But new research suggests that if they do, different types of NSAIDs work equally well. Nearly a decade of investigation into the impact of NSAIDs on Alzheimer's seems to have only added

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  8. NSAIDs for Alzheimer's? Never Mind

    May 12, 2008 -- Remember all those studies suggesting NSAID painkillers cut Alzheimer's risk? Forget about it. Despite accumulating circumstantial evidence that people who take NSAID drugs have a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease, a clinical trial shows neither naproxen nor Celebrex preserves mental

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  9. To Avoid Dementia, Watch Your Weight

    May 8, 2008 -- Older adults who maintain a healthy weight may be preserving their mind and memory at the same time. A study published in the May 2008 issue of Obesity Reviews shows that weight matters when it comes to warding off dementia. Researchers with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public He

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  10. Short Arms, Legs: A Risk for Dementia?

    May 6, 2008 -- The length of your arms and legs could help determine your risk for developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Researchers reporting in the May 6 issue of Neurology say that people with shorter arms and legs have a higher risk for such disease than those with longer l

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