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  1. Alzheimer's Gene Test: No Harm?

    July 15, 2009 -- If your parent has Alzheimer's disease, should you get tested for a gene that puts you at high risk of late-onset Alzheimer's? Most doctors say no. They worry that you wouldn't understand what it means to carry the ApoE-e4 gene. And they worry you'll freak out and become clinically

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  2. Spouse Has Dementia? You're at Risk, Too

    July 15, 2009 (Vienna, Austria) -- A first-of-its-kind study suggests that spouses of people with dementia are at substantially increased risk of developing dementia themselves. Researchers followed more than 1,200 couples for 10 years. They found that wives who cared for husbands with dementia were

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  3. Pesticides May Raise Alzheimer's Risk

    July 15, 2009 (Vienna, Austria) -- Exposure to pesticides may have long-term effects on the nervous system, increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in late life, a new study suggests. Researchers say the findings support evidence of a possible link between environmental toxins and Alzheimer’s dis

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  4. New Alzheimer's Disease Gene Identified

    July 14, 2009 (Vienna, Austria) -- A newly identified gene may help predict who will develop Alzheimer's disease and the approximate age at which symptoms of the disorder will begin to appear. The new gene, dubbed TOMM40, may be the most highly predictive gene discovered in Alzheimer's disease, acco

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  5. Exercise Cuts Decline in Mental Skills

    July 13, 2009 (Vienna, Austria) -- When it comes to honing your mental skills, it's never too late to start exercising. In a new study, sedentary older people who began new exercise programs curbed their rate of cognitive decline, especially when it came to the ability to process complex information

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  6. Caffeine May Fight Alzheimer's Memory Loss

    July 6, 2009 -- Getting your daily caffeine hit may help keep your memory sharp. A new study shows caffeine reversed memory loss in mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease and reduced the level of beta-amyloid protein in the blood and brain. Plaques containing beta-amyloid protein are found in the

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  7. New Risk Index Helps Predict Alzheimer's

    May 13, 2009 -- Scientists say they've devised a risk index that may help predict which people 65 and older are most likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. The risk index is a 15-point scale, and older people who score an eight or higher are deemed to be at high risk for developing dementia, the res

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  8. Ranks of Alzheimer's Patients Swell

    March 27, 2009 -- An estimated 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease -- a number that is expected to rise in coming years. The disease was the sixth leading cause of death in this country in 2006. The price tag is also big, with an estimated $148 billion annuall

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  9. Mediterranean Diet May Preserve Memory

    Feb. 9, 2009 -- A new study shows that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, which is a stage of memory loss between typical aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Mediterranean eaters who already have mild cognitive impairment are less likely to tra

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  10. Insulin May Protect Mind, Memory

    Feb. 2, 2009 -- Drugs used to keep diabetes under control may also shield memory-forming nerve connections from harmful Alzheimer's-related proteins, according to a study published online today by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers at Northwestern University treated nerve c

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