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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

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

Low Blood Sugar May Trigger Dementia in Those With Diabetes

Older adults with diabetes who experience severe episodes of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, a new study shows. And those with diabetes and dementia are more likely … Continue reading