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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.

Depression in Seniors Linked to Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

Symptoms of depression late in life have been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. But is depression a cause or an effect of the disease? Researchers speculate that in some people, Alzheimer’s could be a long process that … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Common in ‘Oldest Old’ Women

More than 40 percent of elderly women ages 85 and over had symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other serious problems with thinking and memory, according to a new report. The findings are important, since the numbers of these “oldest old,” … Continue reading

Memory Loss May Not Be Present in Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

More than a third of people with early-onset Alzheimer’s, a form of Alzheimer’s that typically occurs before age 60, do not have memory loss as their chief complaint, a new study reports. Instead, many have behavioral problems or problems with … Continue reading

Common Sleep Problem Linked to Dementia

A common breathing disorder called sleep apnea, in which sleepers stop breathing hundreds of times during the night, has been linked to memory decline and dementia. The findings are important because sleep apnea may affect more than half of seniors … Continue reading

Small Health Problems Can Add up to Alzheimer’s

Arthritic joints, stomach troubles and painful ankles aren’t symptoms traditionally thought of as increasing the risk for Alzheimer’s. But a new report found that small health troubles can combine to significantly increase the risk of developing the disease. The report, … Continue reading

Diabetes Increases Dementia Risk, But Treatments Are Limited

Two new studies highlight the connections between diabetes and dementia. One adds to a growing body of evidence that diabetes, one of the most common medical disorders among older Americans, is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms … Continue reading

PET Scans Help to Identify Alzheimer’s Early

Scientists continue to make advances in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, using advanced brain scans and special dyes to detect the ways that the disease damages the brain. The advances could lead to earlier and more reliable diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and … Continue reading

Spinal Tap May Help Detect Alzheimer’s Early

A protein found in the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord may help detect Alzheimer’s at an early stage, when treatment may be most effective. “Being able to identify who will develop Alzheimer’s disease very early in the … Continue reading

What you Should Know About Testing for Alzheimer’s Disease – New Guidelines

Many people worry about getting Alzheimer’s, particularly if a parent or sibling suffers from the disease. But is it a good idea to get a genetic test to see if you carry genes that increase your risk for the disease? … Continue reading

Brain Scans Move Closer to Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Early

Two new studies show how scientists are increasingly using brain scans to diagnose Alzheimer’s at an early stage, years before symptoms like memory loss and difficulty in thinking become evident. Early diagnosis can be important, since the brain changes that … Continue reading