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  1. Sugar & Alzheimer's: Are They Linked?

    Dec. 7 2007 -- Drinking too many sugary sodas may increase a person's risk for developing Alzheimer's disease late in life, new research suggests. The small study was conducted in mice, not humans, and it falls far short of proving a link between the consumption of sugary beverages and Alzheimer's.

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  2. Race May Affect Alzheimer's Survival

    Nov. 14, 2007 -- Race may be an independent predictor of survival among people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, with Latinos and blacks living longer than whites. The findings from a study involving nearly 31,000 patients treated at more than 30 Alzheimer's centers across the country revealed tha

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  3. 3 Diet Keys to Reducing Dementia

    Nov. 12, 2007 -- A new French diet hit the headlines today, and it's more about saving your brain than whittling your waistline. French scientists have spotted three dietary staples of seniors who avoid dementia: Eating fish at least once a week Eating fruits and vegetables (raw or cooked) daily Usi

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  4. More Than 3 Million Have Dementia

    Oct. 31, 2007 -- Almost one in seven U.S. adults aged 71 and older -- about 3.4 million people -- have dementia, a new study shows Most of those elders with dementia -- 2.4 million people -- have Alzheimer's disease, according to Duke University's Brenda Plassman, PhD, and colleagues. They reviewed

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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