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  1. Some With Dementia Often Given Unhelpful Meds

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new national analysis of U.S. nursing home prescription patterns says that more than half of people with advanced dementia are prescribed medications that are of questionable benefit. "The main concern centers on the und

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  2. Anxiety Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimer's

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who habitually use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, a widely prescribed group of se

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  3. Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with too little vitamin D in their blood may have twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease as seniors with sufficient levels of the "sunshine vitamin," a new study finds. The research -- based on m

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  4. Guns and Dementia

    July 21, 2014 (COPENHAGEN, Denmark) -- A new survey looks at access to guns by people with dementia. It finds that caregivers and family members of people being checked for problems with thinking didn't consistently remove guns from their homes or keep them locked up. The study underlines the need f

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  5. Potential New Culprit Behind Alzheimer's

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the exact reason why Alzheimer's disease develops still remains elusive, scientists report that they've found a new protein that may play an important role in the devastating memory illness. What they don't yet

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  6. Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer's: Review

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking B vitamins does not slow age-related mental decline or prevent Alzheimer's disease, a new review says. People with Alzheimer's have high blood levels of a compound called homocysteine, and people with elevated le

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  7. Alzheimer's Rate Falling in United States: Studies

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of new cases of dementia has been declining in recent decades in the United States, Germany and other developed countries, a trio of new studies shows. In one U.S. study, researchers found that compared with the l

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  8. Can Games, Puzzles Keep Aging Minds Sharp?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who enjoy mentally stimulating games may have bigger brains and sharper thinking skills than their peers, new research suggests. The study looked at the connection between playing games such as puzzles, crossword

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  9. Study: 1 in 3 Alzheimer's Cases 'Preventable'

    July 14, 2014 -- About one-third of Alzheimer's disease cases are preventable, according to research by the University of Cambridge, England. The study identifies seven risk factors, with lack of exercise topping the list. A previous study published in 2011 suggested as many as half of cases of Alzh

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  10. Widowhood May Delay Dementia in Some Seniors

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Losing a spouse may be linked to multiple health issues, but dementia isn't one of them, according to a new study. For certain seniors, widowhood may even delay dementia, the researchers found. "For those who had a mild

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