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  1. Drug May Slow Alzheimer’s Decline

    April 29, 2008 -- An experimental new drug may help people with mild Alzheimer's disease by slowing the functional decline of the disease. The results are only preliminary, but a new phase II clinical study shows that people with mild Alzheimer's disease who took the drug Flurizan experienced a 46%

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  2. Alzheimer’s Drug Nothing to Sneeze At

    April 17, 2008 -- A nearly forgotten allergy drug first used in Russia more than two decades ago is showing promise for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. In a study of the antihistamine Dimebon, Alzheimer's patients with mild to moderate disease continued to show improvements in memory, thinking

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  3. Drinking, Smoking Up Early Alzheimer's

    April 16, 2008 -- People who smoke a pack of cigarettes or more a day develop Alzheimer's disease years earlier than those who do not, and heavy drinking of alcohol increases the risk even more.  In what is being lauded as a significant finding, research presented at the American Academy of Neurolog

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  4. Vitamin E May Up Alzheimer's Survival

    April 15, 2008 -- Vitamin E may help patients with Alzheimer's live longer, and the benefit may be even greater for those who take the supplements along with an anti-dementia drug, a new study shows.  Many have questioned whether antioxidants, including vitamin E, can protect brain cells and thwart

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  5. Brain Scan Technique Spots Alzheimer’s

    March 26, 2008 -- A computer-assisted imaging technique that measures sugar metabolism within a critical area of the brain could hold the key to the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Researchers say that the technique was accurate 94% of the time in distinguishing Alzheimer

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  6. Belly Fat in Midlife, Dementia Later?

    March 26, 2008 -- Having a fat belly at midlife, which is already associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart problems, and stroke, also increases the risk of getting dementia in your later years, according to a new study. "This is the first time research has linked central obesity in midli

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  7. 5.2 Million Americans Have Alzheimer's

    March 18, 2008 -- An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and 10 million U.S. baby boomers will develop the disease in the years to come. The Alzheimer's Association released those statistics today in a new report. Last year's report counted 5.1 million Americans with Alzheimer's

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  8. When Alzheimer's Runs in the Family

    March 10, 2008 -- Having two parents with Alzheimer's disease could make Alzheimer's more likely. That's according to a new study of 111 families in which both parents had Alzheimer's disease. Of the nearly 300 children in those families, 22.6% developed Alzheimer's disease. For comparison, 6% to 13

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  9. Computers May Help Spot Alzheimer's

    Feb. 27, 2008 -- Scientists have created a computer program that may streamline early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. "The advantage of using computers is that they prove cheaper, faster, and more accurate than the current method of diagnosis," Professor Richard Frackowiak, MD, PhD, says in a news

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  10. The Emotional Toll of Alzheimer's

    The Oscar-nominated movie Away from Her portrays a long-married couple struggling with Alzheimer's disease and the emotional toll it causes when the wife, played by actress Julie Christie, gives her affection to another man whom she meets in a nursing home. This heart-wrenching and emotional dramati

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