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Keep Reading to Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay

Reading books and magazines, writing and participating in other mentally stimulating activities, no matter your age, can help to keep memory and thinking skills intact, a new study suggests. The findings add to growing evidence that mental challenges like reading … 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

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

Buddy Programs Pair Medical Students with People with Alzheimer’s

Programs that pair medical students with people with Alzheimer’s are gaining popularity at medical schools across the country. By allowing students to spend time with and get to know people with dementia, the programs increase awareness of what it’s like … 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

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

Can Vitamin E Slow Alzheimer’s Decline?

An intriguing new study suggests that vitamin E supplements may be helpful to patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Those who took the vitamin were better able to carry out activities like getting dressed, bathing and having a meal … Continue reading

Paying Attention to Blood Vessel Health in Alzheimer’s Disease

People with Alzheimer’s disease often have problems with blood vessels in the brain that may be making symptoms worse, a new study reports. The findings may help to explain why measures that can improve blood vessel health in midlife — … 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