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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.

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

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

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 Research laboratory at The Rockefeller University, Dr. Strickland … 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