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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Alzheimer's Caregivers May Be at Risk for Dementia

    May 13, 2011 -- Husbands and wives who care for a spouse with Alzheimer's disease or another kind of dementia may face an increased risk of mental decline themselves, a new research review shows. "It is incredibly ironic, but also, it makes sense," says study researcher Peter P. Vitaliano, PhD, an a

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  4. Excess Weight in Middle Age Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

    May 2, 2011 -- There's a new reason to keep middle-age spread to a minimum: Being overweight or obese in your 40s or 50s may increase your odds of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia later in life, a study finds. "Our results contribute to the growing evidence that controlling body weight or l

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. MRI Scan May Predict Alzheimer's Disease

    April 7, 2011 -- Using MRI, researchers may be able to predict on an individual basis which people who have mild cognitive impairment will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease. "We have known for a long time that the brain shrinks in Alzheimer's disease and you can detect this on MRI," says research

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  10. New Alzheimer's Genes Found

    April 3, 2011 - A massive scientific effort has found five new gene variants linked to Alzheimer's disease. The undertaking involved analyzing the genomes of nearly 40,000 people with and without Alzheimer's. The mammoth task was undertaken by two separate research consortiums in the U.S. and in Eur

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