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  1. Stroke Rates Declining Among Seniors, Study Shows

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors in America are suffering fewer strokes, regardless of their race or sex, a new long-term study reveals. "We found that stroke incidence [among those 65 and older] has been declining for the last 20 years," said

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  2. 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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  3. Omega-3s May Help Ward Off Lou Gehrig's Disease

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help cut your risk for the fatal neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a new study suggests. These fatty acids -- found

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. High BP May Protect the Very Old From Dementia

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests high blood pressure may not be all bad. Elevated levels might help to stave off mental decline among the extreme elderly, the study suggests. The finding follows a decade spent tracking high blood pressu

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  8. Eye Tests Might Help ID Alzheimer's: Studies

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, July 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eye tests could be used to identify people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, two new studies suggest. In one study, early results from 40 participants who used a certain eye test found a significant association b

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  9. Could a Simple Smell Test Help Spot Alzheimer's Early?

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, July 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that a faltering sense of smell might signal the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, and that an inexpensive, low-tech smell test could spot who needs more extensive screening for dementia. In

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  10. Alzheimer's Blood Test a 'Major' Step Closer: Study

    July 8, 2014 -- A major advance has been made in creating a blood test to predict when at-risk people will develop Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists. In a study that included more than 1,000 people, the British researchers identified proteins in the blood that were 87 percent accurate in

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