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  1. Alzheimer's: Are Antipsychotic Drugs Worth It?

    Oct. 17, 2012 -- Extreme agitation, aggressiveness, and psychosis are common among people with Alzheimer's disease -- especially in its later stages -- and they are among the symptoms most often associated with admission to nursing homes. Antipsychotic drugs are often prescribed to treat these sympt

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  2. Alzheimer's Drug Slows Memory Decline

    Oct. 8, 2012 (Boston) -- An experimental Alzheimer’s treatment slowed memory loss by about one-third in people with mild Alzheimer's, offering hope that the drug can alter the course of the progressive disease. Called solanezumab, the drug attaches to a protein called beta-amyloid that builds up and

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  3. NFL Players at Higher Risk of Brain Diseases

    Sept. 5, 2012 -- Former National Football League (NFL) players may have a higher risk of dying from diseases that damage brain cells. Research has raised red flags about the health risks associated with cumulative blows to the head. Now a new study finds that pro football players are four times more

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  4. Ginkgo Biloba Doesn't Protect From Alzheimer's

    Sept. 5, 2012 -- A second large study failed to show that the supplement ginkgo biloba can prevent Alzheimer's disease. The study included close to 3,000 elderly people in France with memory problems. Some of them took ginkgo biloba and some did not. Over five years of follow-up, about the same numb

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  5. Buttered Popcorn Flavoring Linked to Alzheimer's

    Aug. 8, 2012 -- The flavorant that adds buttery taste to foods and a smooth feel to beverages may also trigger Alzheimer's disease, new studies suggest. The flavorant, diacetyl, already is linked to lung damage in people who work in microwave popcorn factories. This led many microwave popcorn makers

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  6. Treatment May Halt Alzheimer’s Progression

    July 17, 2012 -- A small study of a treatment that stabilized four Alzheimer's patients for three years is making big waves. It's not often that a study of a drug being tested in fewer than two dozen people grabs the attention of top experts gathered for a major medical meeting. But that is what's h

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  7. Descent Into Alzheimer's Detailed

    July 11, 2012 -- Data from people with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease offer a detailed look at each ominous step of the descent into severe Alzheimer's dementia. Only 1% of people with Alzheimer's disease get the early-onset form. But the new findings strongly suggest that the relent

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  8. Gene May Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

    July 11, 2012 -- Can Alzheimer's disease be prevented? A new study shows that researchers might be on the right path to someday make it happen. New research has identified a genetic mutation that may protect against both Alzheimer's disease and age-related declines in thinking and memory. And future

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  9. Drinking Coffee May Delay Alzheimer’s Disease

    June 7, 2012 -- Drinking three cups of coffee per day may help turn the tide against Alzheimer's disease among older adults who are already showing signs of memory problems, a new study shows. According to the findings, people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer

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  10. Fish, Flaxseed May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

    May 2, 2012 -- Early research suggests that eating fatty fish, nuts, and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help protect against Alzheimer's disease. In a newly published study, researchers showed that people whose diets contained the most omega-3 had the lowest blood levels of a protein kn

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