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Hearing Loss May Contribute to Memory Problems

Want to keep the memory working well into old age? It may be worth paying more attention to your hearing. A new study reports that poor hearing may contribute to memory and thinking problems in old age. The findings, published … 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

Physical Fitness May Protect Against Alzheimer’s

Need more motivation to exercise? Being physically fit in middle age may lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease later in life, a new study reports. The findings add to a large and growing body of evidence about the long-term benefits of … Continue reading

The Soaring Costs of Alzheimer’s Care

As a generation of baby boomers continues to grow older, costs of care for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are expected to soar in the coming decades, from an estimated $159 to $215 billion in 2010 to more … Continue reading

Blacks and Whites Share Common Alzheimer’s Genes

One of the first broad studies of genetics in African Americans has found that blacks and whites of European ancestry share similar genes when it comes to the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, though there are slight differences. The research … Continue reading

Home Exercise Offers Benefits for People With Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs the mind and memory. It also takes a physical toll, including decreased mobility and a predisposition to falls, which can lead to broken hips and the subsequent need for institutional care. Now, a new … Continue reading

Physical Activity Keeps the Brain Healthy

An active lifestyle has long been promoted as a way to keep the heart pumping strong. Now new research shows that physical activity may help to keep the brain robust as well, preserving areas critical for thinking and memory and … Continue reading

Exercise May Combat Memory Declines Linked to High-Fat Foods

Rats and mice fed a high-fat diet show declines in memory and thinking skills. But exercise may combat the detrimental effects of fatty foods on the brain, two new studies show. While it’s a long way from rats to people, … Continue reading

Brain Changes Detected 20 Years Before Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Scientists increasingly recognize Alzheimer’s as a disease process that begins years before symptoms of dementia become evident. Now, new research has found changes in the brain and body up to 20 years before Alzheimer’s symptoms arise. The research, published in the journal … Continue reading

Exercise Protects Against Brain Shrinkage

Here’s one more reason to stay active, regardless of age: Seniors who engaged in regular physical activity had less shrinkage of areas of the brain critical for thinking and memory, according to a new report. Even walking a few times … Continue reading