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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.

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

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

Why Women May Be More Likely to Get Alzheimer’s

More women than men get Alzheimer’s disease, in part because women tend to live longer than men and the chances of developing Alzheimer’s increases with age. But new research suggests there may be genetic reasons as well. Researchers at Stanford … Continue reading

Epilepsy Often Unrecognized in Early Alzheimer’s

Many people with Alzheimer’s disease develop epilepsy, and those who have both conditions are more likely to develop serious memory loss and other cognitive symptoms at a younger age than those without epilepsy, a new study shows. Increased awareness of … Continue reading

The Serious Toll of Alzheimer’s

A new report suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may kill far more people than previously thought, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States, along with heart disease and cancer. Alzheimer’s is currently listed as the … Continue reading

High Blood Sugar Is Linked to Dementia

High blood sugar levels, a precursor of diabetes, were tied to an increased risk of dementia in older men and women. The findings are worrisome since so many people have diabetes, obesity or high blood sugar levels, all of which … Continue reading