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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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 medica

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Valproic Acid May Treat Alzheimer's

    Oct. 27, 2008 -- Valproic acid, an epilepsy drug also used to treat bipolar disorder, may have benefits against Alzheimer's disease if given before Alzheimer's gets severe, a new study shows. Researchers report that mice genetically at risk for Alzheimer's disease develop less brain plaque (a hallma

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  10. B Vitamins No Help for Alzheimer's

    Oct. 14, 2008 - Clinical trial findings crush hopes that high-dose B vitamins -- folate and vitamins B6 and B12 -- might slow mental decline in people with Alzheimer's disease. The findings come from a study of people who already had mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's. Over 18 months, Alzheimer's disease

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