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  1. Alzheimer's May Vary, Brain to Brain

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Differences in plaque-forming structures in the brains of Alzheimer's patients may offer clues to why the disease can progress more rapidly or be less severe in some people, a new study suggests. The research could spu

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  2. Better Hygiene Could Raise Risk of Alzheimer’s

    Sept. 6, 2013  -- A study by researchers at Cambridge University has found that high-income, highly industrialized countries with large urban areas and better hygiene and sanitation have much higher rates of Alzheimer's disease. They found that countries where all people have access to clean drinkin

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  3. Copper in Environment May Be Tied to Alzheimer's

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Copper appears to be one of the main environmental factors that cause Alzheimer's disease and contribute to its progression, according to a study of mice and, in some phases, human brain cells. The common metal prevents the clea

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  4. Famous Face Test May Spot Early Dementia

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- What do Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, John F. Kennedy and Oprah Winfrey all have in common? Widespread fame. And now new research suggests that middle-aged Americans who fail to recognize or name them and their like may suffer from

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  5. Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Help Slow Dementia

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with dementia who use certain blood pressure medications may have a slower rate of mental decline, new research suggests. The study, reported July 25 in BMJ Open, found that dementia patients on particular ACE inhibito

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  6. Some Brain 'Pathways' Possibly Tied to Alzheimer's

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long known that people with genes that produce a cholesterol transporter molecule called APOE4 are at especially high risk for Alzheimer's disease. Now they think they know why. Researchers say they've discovere

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  7. Alzheimer's Progression: Step by Step

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- New research seeks to delineate just how Alzheimer's disease unfolds in the human brain. Biological changes may happen earlier than scientists had previously thought, according to a new disease model. This suggests that

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  8. Cancer, Chemo May Lower Alzheimer's Risk: Study

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- If battling a deadly disease can be said to have a silver lining, this might be it: Many forms of cancer appear to lower the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. After sifting through the health records o

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  9. Diabetes Drug May Protect the Brain

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug metformin may do more than help control blood sugar levels: New research suggests it may also reduce the risk of dementia. Compared to people taking another class of diabetes medications called sulfonylureas, t

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  10. Putting Off Retirement May Help Stave Off Alzheimer's

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans increasingly delay retirement, a new French study indicates this scenario may have a silver lining: a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers analyzing health and insurance records of more than 4

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