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Pesticide Exposure Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Exposure to the pesticide DDT may raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease years later, a new study suggests. The finding raises concerns about the effects of environmental toxins on the brain and how they may affect the onset or severity … Continue reading

How Eating Fish May Help Our Brains

People with high blood levels of the “good” fats found in fish had more robust brains than those with low levels of those fats, a new study reports. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that eating fish … Continue reading

Heavy Drinking in Midlife Speeds Memory Loss

Drinking more than two-and-a-half drinks a day can speed memory loss by up to six years, a study of middle aged men in Britain found. Moderate drinking, on the other hand, did not show harmful effects on memory and thinking … Continue reading

Exercise and a Healthy Lifestyle Reduce Dementia Risk

If you need more incentive to exercise more and eat better, consider the results of two comprehensive new studies that found that an active and healthy lifestyle may be critical in helping to keep the brain healthy in old age. … Continue reading

Simple Steps May Simplify Home Alzheimer’s Care

Among Americans with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, an estimated 70 percent are cared for at home by family members and friends. Yet most people with dementia and their caregivers skip certain personal safety and health care measures … Continue reading

How Heartburn Drugs May Lead to Memory Problems

Popular drugs for heartburn may lead to deficiencies in vitamin B12, a vitamin critical for brain and nervous system health. People who used the drugs for two years or longer were at increased risk of low vitamin B12 levels, which … Continue reading

Some Ethnic Groups at Increased Dementia Risk

One in five older Americans has type 2 diabetes, putting them at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Now a new study finds that dementia risk is particularly high in African-Americans and Native Americans with … 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