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Caregiving

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

 

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

 

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Diagnosis & Causes

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

 

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Drugs & Treatment

Solanezumab to Be Tested in Large Trial for Early Alzheimer’s

The drug maker Eli Lilly is proceeding with trials of an experimental drug called solanezumab to treat early Alzheimer’s, despite earlier research in which the drug had failed to meet study goals. In earlier research the drug had shown hints … 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

 

Alzheimer’s Drugs May Have Heart Benefits

Medications commonly used to treat Alzheimer’s disease may have another benefit: they may reduce the risk of having a heart attack. Drugs like donepezil (brand name Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon) and galantamine (Reminyl) are commonly given to those in the earlier … Continue reading

 

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Prevention & Wellness

Keep Reading to Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay

Reading books and magazines, writing and participating in other mentally stimulating activities, no matter your age, can help to keep memory and thinking skills intact, a new study suggests. The findings add to growing evidence that mental challenges like reading … Continue reading

 

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

 

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

 

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