Alzheimers News & Features
- 6 Minutes of Exercise May Help Shield Your Brain From Alzheimer's
January 12, 2023 — A new, small study suggests six minutes of high-intensity exercise might prolong the lifespan of a healthy brain, perhaps delaying the start of Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s diseases.
- What to Know About Newly Approved Alzheimer's Drug
January 6, 2023 — It's not a cure, but the drug, given intravenously every 2 weeks, has shown moderate positive effects in clinical trials in slowing early-stage disease.
- FDA Approves Drug for Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
January 6, 2023 — The FDA has approved lecanemab for Alzheimer's disease, even though trial results showed modest cognitive benefits and cases of amyloid-related imaging abnormalities
- Chris Hemsworth’s Alzheimer’s Risk: What to Know About APOE4 Gene
December 30, 2022 — In November, actor Chris Hemsworth announced that he would be taking a leave from acting to focus on other things after discovering he has a genetic vulnerability to Alzheimer’s disease. Here's what to know.
- New Blood Test Could Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Earlier
December 29, 2022 — A new blood test to detect Alzheimer’s disease could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment, researchers say. The test would be cheaper, less invasive, and more readily available than current testing.
- New Alzheimer's Blood Test Could Improve Diagnosis, Research
December 28, 2022 — Researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that could pave the way for better research and less invasive diagnosis of the disease. Scientists are particularly hopeful that the new test will facilitate a needed increase in diversity among research study participants.
- Check Older Relatives for Signs of Dementia This Holiday Season
December 12, 2022 — The holiday season can be a time when extended family members notice cognitive changes in loved ones that they don't see on a regular basis. Here's what to know.
- How Your Voice Could Reveal Hidden Disease
December 7, 2022 — The U.S. government is investing millions to investigate voice analysis as a tool for diagnosing a wide range of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, depression, and autism.
- New Alzheimer’s Drug Shows ‘Modest’ Success, And Risks
November 30, 2022 — The FDA is expected to decide whether to approve the drug in January. The agency has approved only one other similar treatment, the highly controversial and expensive aducanumab (Aduhelm).
- Why Do Women Get Alzheimer's More Than Men? Study Offers Clue
November 10, 2022 — A gene on the X chromosome may explain why two-thirds of Alzheimer's patients are women. Researchers found the gene can be safely inhibited in mice. Are humans next?
- Dementia Symptoms Appear Years Before Official Diagnosis: Study
October 28, 2022 — New research out of the U.K. suggests that in most cases, the symptoms of dementia begin as many as 9 years before the actual diagnosis.
- Halloween Can Be a Scary Time for People With Dementia. Here's How to Help
October 27, 2022 — Sudden creepy decorations and lots of knocks at the door from strangers can be frightening for someone living with dementia.
- Alone Together: Caregivers and Loved Ones Struggle With Alzheimer’s
October 17, 2022 — Day after day, year after year, the struggles caregivers face, both big and small, take their toll.
- Abnormal Heart Chamber Linked to Higher Dementia Risk: Study
August 22, 2022 — Older adults with an upper heart chamber that’s of abnormal size or doesn’t work well may have up to a 35% higher risk for dementia, according to new research.
- Highly Processed Foods Are Bad for Older Brains, Study Says
August 15, 2022 — A diet rich in chips, cookies, hot dogs, and other highly processed foods is harmful for the aging brain, according to a new study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.
- Diets Heavy in 'Ultra-Processed' Foods Could Harm the Brain
July 28, 2022 — According to a new study, eating lots of ultra-processed foods may dramatically increase your risk for dementia.
- Scientists Find Brain Mechanism Behind Age-Related Memory Loss
July 1, 2022 — Discovery could lead to new dementia treatments or even help prevent cognitive decline in the first place, Johns Hopkins researchers say.
- Do I Have Alzheimer’s Disease? Just One Brain Scan May Tell
June 22, 2022 — The tool could also tell the difference between early and late-stage dementia in 79% of cases.
- Dementia Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency, Study Shows
June 20, 2022 — Boosting low vitamin D levels to normal ranges could help protect the brain against a loss of thinking skills as people age, the study authors wrote.
- Mutant Gene Stops At-Risk People From Getting Alzheimer's
June 1, 2022 — Learning more about this gene may lead to future treatments.
- Holistic Program May Help People With Alzheimer's, Dementia
May 19, 2022 — Those who enroll are assigned to groups that meet virtually twice a week for 1-hour sessions. The sessions are livestreamed, so participants are engaging with each other and with the instructors in real time.
- FDA OKs Diagnostic Test for Early Alzheimer's
May 5, 2022 — The FDA has cleared the first in vitro diagnostic test for early detection of Alzheimer's disease.
- Race Plays Huge Role in Dementia Risk
April 20, 2022 — A large new study finds Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans have an increased risk of being diagnosed with dementia, but the reasons why are unclear.
- Certain Rheumatoid Arthritis Meds May Help Lower Alzheimer's Risk
April 12, 2022 — Early research suggests a type of RA drug known as TNF inhibitors may lower dementia risk in people who have RA and heart disease.
- Medicare Will Only Cover New Alzheimer’s Drug in Trials
April 8, 2022 — Federal officials have made their final decision: Medicare will only pay for patients to get the new Alzheimer's drug aducanumab (Aduhelm) if the patients are participating in clinical trials.
- More Evidence That Education May Protect Against Dementia
March 8, 2022 — A new study finds education and language skills can help predict who will go on to develop dementia and who won't.
- Could Viagra Help Prevent Alzheimer's?
December 6, 2021 — researchers found that those taking Viagra were 69% less likely to develop Alzheimer's, when compared to non-users. And lab experiments showed that the medication seemed to target part of the underlying disease process in Alzheimer's.
- Trial Begins of Nasal Vaccine for Alzheimer's Disease
November 17, 2021 — The vaccine stimulates the immune system, prompting white blood cells to migrate to the brain and clear beta amyloid plaques.
- Many People May Be Eating Their Way to Dementia
November 11, 2021 — New research suggests a diet is loaded with pro-inflammatory foods may increase your risk for memory loss, issues with language, problem-solving and other thinking skills as you age.
- Depression in Early Life May Up Dementia Risk Later
October 6, 2021 — A new study suggests that if you're depressed as a young adult, your odds for dementia rise.
- Some Diabetes Meds Might Also Lower Alzheimer's Risk
August 12, 2021 — A new study suggests older adults who take certain diabetes drugs may see a slower decline in their memory and thinking skills.
- Dirty Air, Higher Dementia Risk?
August 6, 2021 — A long-term study links exposure to higher levels of fine particulate air pollution to an increased risk of dementia.
- An ALS Drug Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer's
August 2, 2021 — Studies show the drug Riluzole which is used to slow the progression of ALS may have positive effects on cognition in people with mild Alzheimer's.
- Medicare Mulls Coverage for New Alzheimer's Drug
July 13, 2021 — Medicare launched a formal process that will determine whether the agency will cover Aduhelm, the newly approved Alzheimer's drug whose high price tag and unproven benefits have prompted widespread controversy.
- FDA Head Calls for Inquiry Into Alzheimer's Drug Approval
July 9, 2021 — Following the FDA’s controversial approval of aducanumab for Alzheimer's, the head of the agency is now calling for a federal investigation into its own approval proceedings.
- Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug: Why Some Patients Say Yes
July 7, 2021 — As advocates and critics debate the FDA's approval of the new drug, and a chorus of experts and patient advocates protest the price, many patients and their families are excited about it, hopeful that it will stop the debilitating disease from getting worse .
- Group Wants FDA Leaders Ousted Over Alzheimer's Drug Approval
June 17, 2021 — A consumer advocacy group is calling for the removal of three top FDA officials, saying the agency's approval of the Alzheimer's drug aducanumab (Aduhelm) was "reckless."
- First Patient Gets Biogen’s New Alzheimer’s Drug
June 17, 2021 — A man has received the first infusion of a new Alzheimer’s drug that drew criticism from some doctors after its FDA approval last week.
- Communication and Dementia-Related Psychosis
March 18, 2021 — It can be hard to talk with your loved one if they believe things that aren’t true. But the right skills can help you communicate with someone who has dementia-related psychosis.
- Dealing With Dementia-Related Psychosis
March 18, 2021 — There’s no cure for dementia-related psychosis. But there are steps you can take to help you and your loved one live with the disease and its symptoms.
- What Is Dementia-Related Psychosis?
March 18, 2021 — Psychotic episodes -- like hallucinations or delusions -- related to dementia can be scary for all involved. But there are ways to diagnose and treat the condition.
- Recognizing Psychotic Symptoms of Dementia
March 18, 2021 —