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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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