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  1. Is Tau the 'How' Behind Alzheimer's?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Malfunction of a key brain protein called tau is the likely culprit behind Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, a new study in mice concludes. Neurons -- highly specialized nerve cells in the brain -- appear

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  2. Brain Injuries in Older Age and Dementia Risk

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A mild concussion after age 65 might boost your risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Head injuries seem to pose special hazards for seniors compared to those in upper middle age, the researchers said. "This w

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  3. Cocoa Drink May Improve Age-Related Memory Loss

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Oct. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A lab-created cocoa drink appears to improve normal age-related memory loss, a small study suggests. After three months of consuming the special cocoa concoction, someone with the typical memory of a 60-year-old improved thei

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  4. Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The virus that causes common cold sores -- herpes simplex -- might increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest. In fact, being a carrier of certain antibodies to the virus can dou

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  5. Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer's Origins

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A laboratory study seems to support the theory that a buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is the first step in a process that leads to Alzheimer's disease. Researchers also pinpointed the important role of a parti

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  6. MRI May Spot Early Signs of Mental Decline

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An MRI scan that measures blood flow in the brain may help predict which older adults are at risk for future memory loss, a preliminary study suggests. The researchers found that, in some apparently healthy older adults, the

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  7. Report: Success Treating Alzheimer's Memory Loss

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A researcher is reporting success in a small study of reversing memory problems associated with early stage Alzheimer's disease by using a complex program of lifestyle changes, supplements and hormones. Of the first 10 patient

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  8. Some May Compensate for Alzheimer's-Linked Protein

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The human brain may have a way to compensate for the build-up of a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. That could help explain why some older people who have beta-amyloid deposits do not devel

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  9. 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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  10. 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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