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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

Heavy Drinking in Midlife Speeds Memory Loss

Drinking more than two-and-a-half drinks a day can speed memory loss by up to six years, a study of middle aged men in Britain found. Moderate drinking, on the other hand, did not show harmful effects on memory and thinking … Continue reading

 

How Heartburn Drugs May Lead to Memory Problems

Popular drugs for heartburn may lead to deficiencies in vitamin B12, a vitamin critical for brain and nervous system health. People who used the drugs for two years or longer were at increased risk of low vitamin B12 levels, which … Continue reading

 

Some Ethnic Groups at Increased Dementia Risk

One in five older Americans has type 2 diabetes, putting them at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Now a new study finds that dementia risk is particularly high in African-Americans and Native Americans with … Continue reading

 

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Drugs & Treatment

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

 

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

 

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Prevention & Wellness

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

 

Exercise and a Healthy Lifestyle Reduce Dementia Risk

If you need more incentive to exercise more and eat better, consider the results of two comprehensive new studies that found that an active and healthy lifestyle may be critical in helping to keep the brain healthy in old age. … Continue reading

 

Simple Steps May Simplify Home Alzheimer’s Care

Among Americans with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, an estimated 70 percent are cared for at home by family members and friends. Yet most people with dementia and their caregivers skip certain personal safety and health care measures … Continue reading

 

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