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  1. 5.2 Million Americans Have Alzheimer's

    March 18, 2008 -- An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and 10 million U.S. baby boomers will develop the disease in the years to come. The Alzheimer's Association released those statistics today in a new report. Last year's report counted 5.1 million Americans with Alzheimer's

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  2. When Alzheimer's Runs in the Family

    March 10, 2008 -- Having two parents with Alzheimer's disease could make Alzheimer's more likely. That's according to a new study of 111 families in which both parents had Alzheimer's disease. Of the nearly 300 children in those families, 22.6% developed Alzheimer's disease. For comparison, 6% to 13

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  3. Computers May Help Spot Alzheimer's

    Feb. 27, 2008 -- Scientists have created a computer program that may streamline early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. "The advantage of using computers is that they prove cheaper, faster, and more accurate than the current method of diagnosis," Professor Richard Frackowiak, MD, PhD, says in a news

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  4. The Emotional Toll of Alzheimer's

    The Oscar-nominated movie Away from Her portrays a long-married couple struggling with Alzheimer's disease and the emotional toll it causes when the wife, played by actress Julie Christie, gives her affection to another man whom she meets in a nursing home. This heart-wrenching and emotional dramati

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  5. Does Brain Plaque Point to Alzheimer's?

    Feb. 6, 2008 -- The formation of brain plaque may be the first step toward Alzheimer's disease, and it can happen within a day, new research shows. That finding, reported in tomorrow's edition of Nature, may lead to new targets for Alzheimer's treatment. "Understanding the rules that govern plaque f

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  6. Early Alzheimer's May Hamper Driving

    Jan. 23, 2008 -- Even the early stages of Alzheimer's disease may impair driving ability, new research shows. In a new study, people with very mild or mild Alzheimer's disease had more accidents and worse scores on a road test than people of the same age without Alzheimer's disease. Brian Ott, MD, o

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  7. Statins May Not Curb Alzheimer's Risk

    Jan. 16, 2008 -- Taking statin drugs, which lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, may not make Alzheimer's disease less likely after all. But that news probably isn't the last word on statins and Alzheimer's prevention, which has been a hot topic in Alzheimer's research in recent years. Here's a quick recap

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  8. Average Dementia Survival: 4.5 Years

    Jan. 10, 2008 -- The average survival time for people diagnosed with dementia is about four and a half years, new research shows. Those diagnosed before age 70 typically live for a decade or longer. In an effort to learn more about survival characteristics among patients with Alzheimer's disease or

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  9. Lead Link to Alzheimer's Disease?

    Jan. 2, 2008 -- Lead poisoning in infancy may make Alzheimer's disease more likely decades later, a new study shows. Lead poisoning is a well-known danger, especially for young children. Months or years of lead poisoning can stunt children's growth and damage their brain, kidneys, hearing, and menta

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  10. Fish Oil Prevents Alzheimer's Plaques

    Dec. 26, 2007 -- Why does fish oil help prevent Alzheimer's disease? Your brain needs a fish oil fatty acid to make a plaque-fighting protein, UCLA researchers find. It's known that people who get plenty of DHA, a fish oil fatty acid, have a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease, note Greg M. Cole, Ph

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