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Caregiving

Reddit community helps find missing mom with Alzheimer’s

A Reddit user posted a plea on the link-sharing site Tuesday after his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, disappeared from the family’s New York City apartment. The user, joshgoldberg89, provided photos and a description of his mother, May, and … 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

 

Rhode Island Extends Paid Work Benefits to Caregivers

An innovative new law in Rhode Island, the Temporary Caregiver’s Insurance law, provides for paid time off for workers who must take time off from a job to care for a sick family member. The law will likely provide some … Continue reading

 

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Diagnosis & Causes

Veterans With Brain Injuries at Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

Veterans who have survived traumatic brain injuries are 60 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia later in life, a new study found. Those who developed dementia also tended to develop it about two years … Continue reading

 

People With Alzheimer’s More Likely to Get Pacemakers

People who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are more likely to get pacemakers than their peers with similar health issues but without dementia, a new study shows. The study raises questions about whether patients with Alzheimer’s may … Continue reading

 

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Exposure to the pesticide DDT may raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease years later, a new study suggests. The finding raises concerns about the effects of environmental toxins on the brain and how they may affect the onset or severity … Continue reading

 

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Drugs & Treatment

New Drug Shows Mixed Results Against Early Alzheimer’s

A new drug designed to treat Alzheimer’s disease showed mixed results in a mid-stage study designed to test safety and effectiveness. The drug, crenezumab, showed some success in slowing the decline in thinking and memory skills in people in the … Continue reading

 

B Vitamins Fail to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Many people take B vitamins in the hopes of warding off Alzheimer’s disease and keeping the mind sharp. But a new analysis found that taking B vitamins did not slow mental decline with aging or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. … Continue reading

 

Second Brain Imaging Drug Approved for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new brain imaging drug for use in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, the second such drug to be approved for use in the United States. The approval expands options for those undergoing brain … Continue reading

 

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Prevention & Wellness

How Singing Can Help People With Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s disease often tend to speak less as the disease progresses, and speech can become increasingly confused. Now a small study suggests that singing familiar songs can boost positive feelings and encourage speech and social interaction in those … Continue reading

 

At Risk for Alzheimer’s? Exercise May Help

Physical activity may help to protect the brain in those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study showed. The findings suggest that exercise is good for the brain and may help to ward off Alzheimer’s and other forms … Continue reading

 

How Eating Fish May Help Our Brains

People with high blood levels of the “good” fats found in fish had more robust brains than those with low levels of those fats, a new study reports. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that eating fish … Continue reading

 

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