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  1. Baby Aspirin May Help Memory, Thinking Skills

    July 18, 2011 (Paris) -- Women who are taking a baby aspirin or two a day for their heart health may be safeguarding their brain health, too, preliminary research suggests. In a five-year study of more than 100 older people at similar risk for heart disease, scores on a standardized test that gauges

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  2. PET Scans May Help With Alzheimer's Diagnosis

    July 11, 2011 -- A special type of positron emission tomography (PET) scan may help detect the plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease, two new studies show. The studies are published in the Archives of Neurology. The special PET scans use radioactive tracers to highlight amyloid pr

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  3. Protein Levels in Spinal Fluid May Spot Alzheimer's

    June 22, 2011 -- High levels of a protein in the spinal fluid of older people with mild memory loss may help predict which patients will develop Alzheimer's disease, a study shows. The study by researchers at Germany's Technical University Munich looked at levels of amyloid precursor protein (APPB)

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  4. Diet Affects Markers of Alzheimer's Disease

    June 13, 2011 -- Diets that are low in saturated fat and rich in carbohydrates that steady blood sugar and insulin can beneficially change levels of substances associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows. Such diets may also improve some measures of memory. “Diet can ha

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  5. Gene for Alzheimer's Risk May Affect Brain Early

    May 18, 2011 -- Young adults who carry a so-called Alzheimer's risk gene show disruption in their brains as early as their 20s, according to new research. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles used a special MRI scan that maps brain connections to examine 398 healthy young adult

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  6. Memory Loss May Not Be Only Sign of Early Alzheimer's

    May 16, 2011 -- More than one-third of people who develop early-onset Alzheimer’s disease may experience initial symptoms such as behavior, language, or vision problems rather than memory loss, a new study shows. Researchers in Spain say more than half of people who develop Alzheimer’s before age 60

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  7. New Alzheimer's Guidelines Stress Early Diagnosis

    April 19, 2011 -- Alzheimer's disease should be diagnosed early, before a person develops severe, late-stage dementia, new guidelines suggest. It's been 27 years since guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease were laid out. Since 1984, research has shown Alzheimer's to be a disease that begins

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  8. Treating High Blood Pressure May Delay Alzheimer's

    April 13, 2011 -- Treating high blood pressure and other so-called vascular risk factors in people who have mild cognitive impairment may reduce their risk of progressing to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. "Recent animal studies suggest that vascular risk factors play roles in the dev

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  9. Brain Shrinkage May Help Predict Alzheimer’s

    April 13, 2011 -- Brain shrinkage seen on MRI imaging may actually occur up to 10 years before Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed, finds a new study in Neurology. “This measure is potentially an important imaging marker of early changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease that could help

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  10. Study: Memantine Doesn’t Work in Early Alzheimer’s Disease

    April 11, 2011 -- A drug that is widely used, but not approved, for the treatment of mild Alzheimer’s disease shows little evidence of benefit in these early-stage patients, according to a new research analysis. Memantine, sold as Namenda in the U.S., was approved by the FDA in 2003 for moderate to

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