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Earlier Alzheimer’s Diagnosis May Lead to Better Care

People with Alzheimer’s disease who were given brain scans and diagnosed early in the course of their illness did better than those who got a later diagnosis, a new study finds. They tended to get Alzheimer’s drugs earlier in the … Continue reading

Singing and Music Have Benefits for Alzheimer’s

Many people play music as a soothing balm for those with Alzheimer’s, and musical ability is often long retained into the more advanced stages of the disease. Now a new study suggests that singing may have benefits for those with … Continue reading

Speaking Two Languages May Ward Off Dementia

People who speak two languages develop Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia nearly five years later than their peers who speak only one language. It is the largest study to date to show that acquiring a language, an intellectually challenging … Continue reading

High Blood Pressure in Midlife Predicts Memory Loss of Alzheimer’s

Mentally alert men and women who have signs of high blood pressure in middle age are more likely to have brain changes that may point to memory problems and Alzheimer’s disease in old age, a new study suggests. For the … Continue reading

Second Brain Imaging Drug Approved for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new brain imaging drug for use in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, the second such drug to be approved for use in the United States. The approval expands options for those undergoing brain … Continue reading

Midlife Stress May Increase Dementia Risk

Women who experience a lot of stress in middle age are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia late in life, according to a new report. The findings come from a study of 800 women … Continue reading

Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs May Ward Off Dementia

Statins, the widely prescribed drugs taken by millions of older men and women to help lower cholesterol levels and ward off heart attacks and strokes, may prevent dementia and memory loss with long-term use. They also do not appear to … Continue reading

Reddit community helps find missing mom with Alzheimer’s

A Reddit user posted a plea on the link-sharing site Tuesday after his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, disappeared from the family’s New York City apartment. The user, joshgoldberg89, provided photos and a description of his mother, May, and … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s and the Hygiene Hypothesis

Can all our efforts at cleanliness and fighting germs be contributing to the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s? A new study suggests it might. The findings, published in the journal Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, come from researchers in Britain, who … Continue reading

Government to Support Study of Alzheimer’s Prevention

New funding from the National Institutes of Health will be aimed at looking at promising drugs for the prevention of Alzheimer’s and novel ways to treat the disease. The grants, totaling about $45 million, are part of stepped-up national efforts … Continue reading

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