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  1. Hypertension Drugs: Alzheimer's Perk?

    Oct. 26, 2007 -- Certain hypertension (high blood pressure) drugs may counter Alzheimer's disease. That news comes from lab tests on mice, not people. The researchers who conducted those tests aren't ready to recommend blood pressure drugs for Alzheimer's prevention, but they see good reason to test

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  2. More School, Steeper Slide to Dementia

    Oct. 23, 2007 -- New research links a person's years of formal education to his or her path toward dementia. The study's key finding: Among elders with dementia, those with higher levels of education had a delayed, but steeper, decline in memory in the years leading up to their dementia diagnosis. "

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  3. Alzheimer's Blood Test in the Works

    Oct. 15, 2007 -- Researchers report promising results from a blood test they're developing to predict Alzheimer's disease by up to six years before clinical diagnosis. The blood test isn't ready for use yet. But it may one day help doctors identify which people with mild memory problems will eventua

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  4. Alzheimer's Agitation: Aricept No Help?

    Oct. 3, 2007 -- The Alzheimer's drug Aricept may not soothe agitation in patients with severe Alzheimer's disease, a British study shows. Agitation -- including anxiety, irritability, and physical restlessness -- is common in Alzheimer's patients, note the researchers, who included Robert Howard, MR

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  5. Conscience Curbs Alzheimer's?

    Oct. 1, 2007 -- The odds of developing Alzheimer's disease may be better for people who consider themselves highly conscientious. So say researchers including Robert Wilson, PhD, of Chicago's Rush University. They aren't blaming Alzheimer's disease on a lack of conscientiousness, and they're not pro

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  6. Brain Scan May Spot Early Alzheimer's

    Sept. 26, 2007 -- A specialized type of brain scan may spot early signs of Alzheimer's disease and aid in treatment of the disease. In a new study, brain scans suggest a shift in brain activity that may be an early warning sign of Alzheimer's. Until now, doctors have only been able to confirm an Alz

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  7. Diet May Sway Alzheimer's Death Rate

    Sept. 11, 2007 -- Eating a traditional Mediterranean diet may help people with Alzheimer's disease live longer, a new study shows. Traditional Mediterranean diets feature vegetables, legumes, fruits, grains, olive oil, fish, cheese, yogurt, wine with meals, and relatively little poultry or meat, not

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  8. Statins May Cut Alzheimer's Disease

    Aug. 27, 2007 -- People who take cholesterol-cutting statin drugs may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease brain abnormalities, a new study shows. Statins include the prescription drugs Lipitor, Lescol, Mevacor, Altocor, Pravachol, Zocor, and Crestor. The study, published in tomorrow's edit

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  9. Weight Loss: Early Sign of Dementia?

    Aug. 20, 2007 -- Weight loss among middle-aged and older women may be an early warning sign of dementia. Researchers found that middle-aged women who went on to develop dementia started losing weight up to 20 years before the disease was diagnosed and weighed about 12 pounds less than those without

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  10. Acid Blockers Linked to Mental Decline

    Aug. 3, 2007 - Long-term use of H2 blockers, including Axid, Pepcid, Tagamet, and Zantac, may increase the risk of mental decline in later life. H2 blockers, available over the counter as well as by prescription, belong to a family of drugs that reduce stomach acid. The finding -- which must be conf

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