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Truth in Numbers

Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease may be underreported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in 2010, nearly 83,500 people died of Alzheimer’s disease. But that number may actually be much higher. A study published in the … Continue reading

Shadowing

The challenge of never being alone Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease at home is a difficult task and can become overwhelming at times. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and … Continue reading

Poor Sleep May Be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Lack of sleep or waking up several times during the night may be bad for the brain and may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, several new studies suggest. While a sound night’s sleep has long been advised for a … Continue reading

Growing Evidence Ties Heart Health to Alzheimers Risk

Scientists have found further evidence that cardiovascular health is tied to brain health, including the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. They found that among mentally alert elderly men and women, those with signs of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) were more … Continue reading

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

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