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What the latest research shows about the causes and detection of dementia: Testing for memory loss, contributing factors, and the growing burden of Alzheimer’s disease.

How Having a Parent With Alzheimer’s May Affect Your Risk

A new study shows that those who have two parents with Alzheimer’s are at increased risk of showing brain changes typical of the disease, in some cases decades before Alzheimer’s symptoms would typically appear. Those who had either a mother … Continue reading

High Blood Pressure in Midlife Raises Dementia Risk

People with high blood pressure in middle age are more likely to suffer from thinking and memory problems in old age, raising their risk of dementia. Those are the findings of a large new study that looked at men and … Continue reading

Veterans With Brain Injuries at Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

Veterans who have survived traumatic brain injuries are 60 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia later in life, a new study found. Those who developed dementia also tended to develop it about two years … Continue reading

People With Alzheimer’s More Likely to Get Pacemakers

People who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are more likely to get pacemakers than their peers with similar health issues but without dementia, a new study shows. The study raises questions about whether patients with Alzheimer’s may … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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