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Moderate Drinking Can Be Good for the Aging Brain

Men and women who drink moderately in older age may have better memory than those who abstain from alcohol, a new study shows. The findings suggest that moderate alcohol consumption late in life may have beneficial effects on the brain. … Continue reading

Blood Test Offers Hope for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

A novel blood test offers hope for diagnosing Alzheimer’s at its earliest stages, up to 10 years before symptoms like memory loss and confusion take hold. The test needs additional study but, if proven effective, could be useful for identifying … Continue reading

Feeling Lonely Increases Alzheimer’s Risk

Older people who report feeling lonely are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to a new study from the Netherlands. The subjective feeling of being isolated and alone appeared to be a risk factor … Continue reading

Brain ‘Pacemaker’ Is Being Tested for Alzheimer’s Disease

Surgeons are testing a procedure called deep brain stimulation for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The technique, which acts like a pacemaker for the brain, has shown promise in easing the movement problems and other symptoms of … Continue reading

In Advanced Alzheimer’s, Too Many Medications

More than half of nursing home residents with advanced Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia are taking at least one prescription drug they do not need. The findings come from a countrywide survey of 460 nursing homes that linked … Continue reading

Rare Case Offers Hope for New Alzheimer’s Therapies

For about 20 years, the gene known as APOE has been recognized as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. People who inherit a variant of the APOE gene known as APOE-E4 from a parent are at up to five times … Continue reading

Grilled Meat May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

You may want to think twice before throwing the steaks on the grill. A new report suggests that compounds formed when meats are grilled or broiled may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Grilled meats have been tied to other … Continue reading

Pills for Anxiety and Sleep Linked to Alzheimer’s

Long-term use of benzodiazepine medications, widely used to ease anxiety and promote sleep, is tied to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a study of elderly men and women living in Canada found. But whether or not these drugs are … Continue reading

Memory Slips May Predict Dementia Years Later

People who worry that their memory is slipping are more likely than their peers without memory concerns to develop Alzheimer’s disease years later, a new study found. The findings confirm earlier reports that subjective memory complaints may predict a future … Continue reading

Feelings Linger as Memory Fades

People with Alzheimer’s disease may not recall a visit from a loved one. But feelings from the visit may linger long after the person has gone, a new study has found. The study, from researchers at the University of Iowa, … Continue reading