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  1. Exercise Cuts Decline in Mental Skills

    July 13, 2009 (Vienna, Austria) -- When it comes to honing your mental skills, it's never too late to start exercising. In a new study, sedentary older people who began new exercise programs curbed their rate of cognitive decline, especially when it came to the ability to process complex information

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  2. Caffeine May Fight Alzheimer's Memory Loss

    July 6, 2009 -- Getting your daily caffeine hit may help keep your memory sharp. A new study shows caffeine reversed memory loss in mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease and reduced the level of beta-amyloid protein in the blood and brain. Plaques containing beta-amyloid protein are found in the

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  3. New Risk Index Helps Predict Alzheimer's

    May 13, 2009 -- Scientists say they've devised a risk index that may help predict which people 65 and older are most likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. The risk index is a 15-point scale, and older people who score an eight or higher are deemed to be at high risk for developing dementia, the res

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  4. What It's Like to Have Dementia

    You know how frustrating and heartbreaking dementia symptoms are from the point of view of a caregiver. You know the pain of slowly seeing a loved one slip away. But what is it like for her? What is it like for a person to slowly -- or sometimes quickly -- forget almost everything she ever knew? Dem

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  5. Ranks of Alzheimer's Patients Swell

    March 27, 2009 -- An estimated 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease -- a number that is expected to rise in coming years. The disease was the sixth leading cause of death in this country in 2006. The price tag is also big, with an estimated $148 billion annuall

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  6. Mediterranean Diet May Preserve Memory

    Feb. 9, 2009 -- A new study shows that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, which is a stage of memory loss between typical aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Mediterranean eaters who already have mild cognitive impairment are less likely to tra

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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