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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.

Anemia Tied to Dementia Risk

Anemia, a common condition in the elderly marked by low numbers of red blood cells, may increase the risk of dementia, a new study shows. “Anemia occurs in up to 23 percent of adults ages 65 and older,” said study … Continue reading

Hormone Therapy Does Not Lead to Dementia

Middle-aged women who take hormone replacement therapy to help ease the hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause are not at increased risk of memory loss and dementia years down the road, a new study reports. The findings, published in … Continue reading

Skin Cancer Tied to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

Having skin cancer is never a good thing. But it may have a silver lining. New research shows that having the most common forms of skin cancer may lower your Alzheimer’s risk. In the study, researchers at Albert Einstein College … Continue reading

Copper May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

Do metals in our environment play a role in Alzheimer’s disease? A new study found that copper, found in drinking water carried by copper pipes and in foods like red meats, shellfish, nuts and many fruits and vegetables, may play … Continue reading

New Research from a Colleague of Our Medical Director

Dr. Sidney Strickland is a recognized leader in the study of vascular factors and their effects on Alzheimer’s disease. A colleague of Dr. Paul Greengard, Director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research laboratory at The Rockefeller University, Dr. … Continue reading

Appetite Hormone Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Having low levels of leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite, is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease in people who have memory problems, according to a new report. The findings confirm earlier reports that leptin, which like other … Continue reading

Cancer Drug Shows Disappointing Results for Alzheimer’s

A cancer drug called bexarotene failed to live up to its early promise in treating the brain plaques of Alzheimer’s disease, though the drug did show some benefits in improving memory in animal studies. The mixed findings highlight the difficulty … Continue reading

Anesthesia Does Not Lead to Dementia, Study Finds

A new study provides reassurance to the millions of people who must undergo major surgery each year: general anesthesia does not appear to lead to an increased likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The findings, published … Continue reading

Poor Sleep May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s disease often sleep poorly. Now, a new study shows that sleep problems may signal the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, are consistent with earlier … Continue reading

Blood Pressure Drugs May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Men and women who take drugs to keep high blood pressure in check may be somewhat protected against Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, a new study found. And those who took a type of blood pressure drug called … Continue reading