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  1. 'Longevity' Gene May Cut Dementia Risk

    Jan. 12, 2010 -- The so-called "longevity gene" may do more than add years to your life. It may also help stave off age-related cognitive decline, and this discovery is paving the way for new drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease, a study shows. The longevity gene is a variant of the cholesteryl ester

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  2. Hypertension Drugs May Cut Alzheimer's Risk

    Jan. 12, 2010 -- Drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease may reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Boston University scientists, reporting in the journal BMJ, say a class of high blood pressure drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers

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  3. Can Cell Phones Help Fight Alzheimer's?

    Jan. 6, 2010 -- Cell phone exposure may be helpful in the fight against Alzheimer's disease, a new study shows. The study, involving mice, provides evidence that long-term exposure to electromagnetic waves associated with cell phone use may protect against, and even reverse, Alzheimer's disease. The

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  4. New Brain Scan May Predict Alzheimer's

    Jan. 6, 2010 -- A new imaging technique that measures the random motion of water within the brain may prove useful for detecting early signs of Alzheimer's disease. The technique, known as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) or diffusion MRI, is used to assess changes in the white matter regions of the b

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  5. Study: Alzheimer's Patients Get Less Cancer

    Dec. 23, 2009 -- Having Alzheimer’s disease just may convey some protection against cancer, and vice versa, early research suggests. Compared to elderly study participants without Alzheimer’s disease, those with Alzheimer’s were less likely to be diagnosed with cancer over eight years of follow-up.

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  6. More Leptin May Mean Less Alzheimer's

    Dec. 15, 2009 -- High levels of the energy-regulating hormone leptin were associated with lower rates of Alzheimer's disease in a study appearing in The Journal of the American Medical Association. If confirmed, researchers say the findings could have important implications in the search for effecti

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  7. Alzheimer's Grips Brain Before Mental Decline

    Dec. 14, 2009 - Apparently healthy people with no sign of mental decline may already have significant Alzheimer's disease, new studies show. This "preclinical Alzheimer's disease" puts a person at high risk of an eventual diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, find studies led by John C. Morris, MD, dire

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  8. Link Between Alzheimer's, Heart Failure

    Nov. 16, 2009 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Researchers report evidence supporting a link between Alzheimer's disease and chronic heart failure, two of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. and Europe. Heart failure involves a harmful buildup of a protein called desmin, says Giulio Agnetti, PhD, a postdoc

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  9. Epilepsy Drugs May Treat Alzheimer's

    Oct. 29, 2009 -- A group of drugs used to treat epilepsy may also treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. New research shows treatment with T-type calcium channel blockers, used to treat epilepsy, protected nerve cells from the brains of mice that can be damaged by neurodegenerative disorders suc

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  10. Late-Dementia Suffering Often Unnecessary

    Oct. 14, 2009 -- Patients with advanced Alzheimer’s disease or other age-related dementias often suffer unnecessarily near the end of life probably because their condition is not recognized as fatal, researchers say. The death rate among patients with advanced dementia in a newly published study was

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