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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.

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

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

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

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