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  • Could Herpes Virus Help Cause Alzheimer's?

  • Map of Mouse Hippocampus Could Be Weapon Against Alzheimer's

  • Health Tip: 10 Signs of Alzheimer's

  • Alzheimer's Gene Tied to 'Chemo Brain' in Breast Cancer Survivors

  • Many Americans Curious, But Wary, About Gene Testing

  • What's the Dollar Cost of Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer's?

  • Exercise May Delay Rare Form of Alzheimer's

  • AHA: Stiffening of Blood Vessels May Point to Dementia Risk

  • U.S. Alzheimer's Cases to Nearly Triple by 2060

  • Smog Might Cloud Your Memory

  • Daytime Drowsiness a Sign of Alzheimer's?

  • Exercise May Boost Brain Power in Alzheimer's, Mouse Study Suggests

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Understand Alzheimer's

  • Severity of Alzheimer's Can Vary by Season

  • Eyes Could Be Window to Predicting Alzheimer's

  • More Alzheimer's Gene Links Found

  • Eye Disease Link to Alzheimer's Seen

  • 'Moderate' Drinking May Be a Brain Buffer

  • Alzheimer's Drug Trial Offers New Hope, But Uncertainty, Too

  • Virtual Reality as a Window Into Dementia

  • Get Dizzy Upon Standing? It Could Be Sign of Dementia Risk

  • The Right Lighting Can Calm Alzheimer's Patients

  • Could Pot-Linked Drug Help Ease Agitation in Alzheimer's?

  • Why Alzheimer's May Be Tougher to Spot in Women

  • Having More Kids Tied to Lower Odds of Alzheimer's in Women

  • How Common Is Dementia Among LGBT Seniors?

  • Life Is Short After Dementia Diagnosis, No Matter Your Age

  • Does a Woman's Childbearing History Affect Her Alzheimer's Risk?

  • Hidden Blood in Feces May Signal Deadly Conditions

  • Vitamin D No Panacea for Brain Diseases

  • 1 in 9 U.S. Adults Over 45 Reports Memory Problems

  • High Blood Pressure Threatens Aging Brain, Study Says

  • Could Aspirin Help Keep Alzheimer's Away?

  • Sitting Tied to Raised Risk of Death From 14 Diseases

  • Scientists Spot Gene Linking Down Syndrome, Early Alzheimer's

  • Robots May Soon Join Ranks of Alzheimer's Caregivers

  • Could Herpes Virus Play a Role in Alzheimer's?

  • High Blood Pressure in Your 50s May Set Stage for Dementia

  • Smoking and Diabetes Linked to Calcium Buildup in Brain

  • 'Markers' of Alzheimer's Don't Doom You to Dementia

  • Can Exercise Help Curb Dementia? One Study Says No

  • Poor Seniors May Be More Vulnerable to Dementia

  • Making Life With Dementia More Bearable

  • When Do You Take Guns From Someone With Dementia?

  • 'Smart Dresser' Might Help Alzheimer's Patients Clothe Themselves

  • Mid-Life Stresses May Be Tied to Late-Life Dementia Risk

  • Music May Calm the Agitation of Alzheimer's

  • Too Much Sitting Could Raise Brain Risks

  • Tough Times Can Leave Their Mark on the Older Brain

  • Brain Injuries Linked With Dementia Risk

  • The Focus Shifts in Alzheimer's Research

  • Sleepless Nights Show Ties To Alzheimer's Risk

  • Older Brains Replenish Cells Just Like Young Brains: Study

  • Alzheimer's Stigma a Barrier to Prevention, Care: Survey

  • Scientists Remove Alzheimer's Brain Plaques in Mice

  • The High Costs of Alzheimer's

  • Jobs That Keep the Mind Sharp … Even Into Retirement

  • Heartburn Meds Not Tied to Hip Fractures in Alzheimer's Patients

  • Fit Middle-Aged Women May Fend Off Dementia Later

  • Poor Sleep May Heighten Alzheimer's Risk

  • What Caregivers Should Know About Alzheimer's

  • Health Tip: Next Steps After Being Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

  • High Cholesterol Tied to Better Brain Health in Those Over 85

  • Eyes May Be Window Into Future Memory Loss

  • Drug Might Be Safer Alternative to Ease Dementia Psychosis

  • Therapy Reverses Alzheimer's Brain Plaque Buildup -- in Mice

  • Your Attitude About Aging Might Affect Odds for Dementia

  • Brain 'Pacemaker' Might Help Slow Alzheimer's

  • Another Alzheimer's Drug Fails: What Makes This Disease So Tough to Fight?

  • Health Tip: Disaster Preparedness For People With Alzheimer's

  • Getting Active Could Help Boost Memory, Experts Say

  • Health Tip: Alzheimer's and the Holidays

  • Eat Your Greens . . . and Maybe Boost an Aging Brain

  • There's Still No Proven Way to Prevent Alzheimer's

  • Dementia May Be More Common in Rural Areas

  • Health Tip: Make Your Home Safer For People With Alzheimer's

  • As Hearing Fades With Age, Dementia Risk May Rise

  • Alzheimer's Cases to Double by 2060: Report

  • Gene Discovery May Help Fight Alzheimer's

  • Does Marriage Help Preserve Your Brain?

  • Intense Workouts May Boost Memory

  • Could New 'Brain Training' Program Help Prevent Dementia?

  • Millions Could Miss Out on a Potential Alzheimer's Breakthrough

  • Sleep Apnea May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

  • An Aging Heart May Weaken Memory

  • New Finding Hints at Clue to Dementia

  • Resilient Brain Connections May Help Against Alzheimer's

  • America's Dementia Caregivers Cite Stresses, Rewards
    New survey results illustrate the ups and downs of caring for aging family members

  • High Blood Pressure in 40s a Dementia Risk for Women?
    Study didn't find same link in men

  • A More Accurate Predictor for Alzheimer's?
    Genetic test might one day diagnose the disease before symptoms occur, researchers say

  • Failing Sense of Smell Tied to Dementia Risk
    Long-term study suggests inability to identify scents may be early sign of problems

  • High, Low Levels of Magnesium Linked to Dementia Risk
    But study didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship

  • Is Dementia Declining Among Older Americans?
    Rates have fallen among those 70 and older; gains against heart disease might explain trend

  • Women at Risk for Alzheimer's Face Critical 10-Year Window, Study Says
    If your genes predispose you to the illness, 65 to 75 may be high-risk years

  • Do Fewer Nightly Dreams Mean Higher Dementia Risk in Seniors?
    For every 1 percent drop in sleep's REM phase, a 9 percent jump in odds for thinking, memory troubles, study found

  • Dementia Care: A Huge Financial Burden for U.S. Families
    Annual costs may top $320,000, study estimates

  • Popular Heartburn Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Alzheimer's: Study
    Researchers say proton pump inhibitors like Nexium or Prilosec not linked to dementia

  • Midlife Behaviors May Affect Your Dementia Risk
    Of greatest importance are diabetes, blood pressure and smoking, researchers say

  • Blood Pressure Fluctuations Tied to Dementia Risk in Study
    But the research only found an association, not cause-and-effect connection

  • Traveling With Dementia: Tips for Family Caregivers
    Stick to familiar routines, advises Alzheimer's Foundation

  • Health Tip: Alzheimer's Affects Sleep
    Here's how

  • Noninvasive Brain Test May Pinpoint Type of Dementia
    In small study, electrical currents helped distinguish Alzheimer's from another form of brain trouble

  • Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study
    Reducing mid-life hearing loss might make the biggest difference

  • Can Poor Sleep Boost Odds for Alzheimer's?
    Studies found sleep apnea tied to higher levels of tell-tale plaques, proteins in brain

  • Dozens of Potential Alzheimer's Meds in the Pipeline
    Last new drug for the memory-robbing disease was introduced in the United States in 2003

  • Special Training Plus Medication Might Help People With Advanced Alzheimer's
    Skills lost, such as dressing or bathing, can potentially be relearned, small study suggests

  • Can Daily Crossword Protect You From Dementia?
    Regular puzzlers score better on tests of mental function, study finds

  • A Healthy Diet May Help Ward Off Dementia
    New studies suggest that, yes, eating right could boost your brain function

  • Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study
    Researchers find head injuries from fighting cause brain changes that might spur troubles later in life

  • How Poor Sleep Might Raise Odds for Alzheimer's
    A few bad nights might not hurt, but chronic sleep problems may be cause for concern, researcher says

  • Sleep Problems: An Early Warning Sign of Alzheimer's?
    Small study found an association but didn't prove link

  • Slowed Walking, Shrinking Brain?
    Seniors whose pace dropped showed shrinkage in brain region linked to memory, spatial orientation

  • Popular Heartburn Meds Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study
    New research debunks other studies suggesting that medications used to treat ulcers, reflux cause mental decline

  • Lifestyle Changes Might Prevent or Slow Dementia
    The public should be aware of this encouraging research, expert says

  • Sticky Brain 'Plaques' Implicated in Alzheimer's Again
    Researchers believe these substances form in early stages of the memory-robbing disease

  • 'Making the Best of It': Families Face the Heavy Burden of Alzheimer's
    With U.S. cases expected to triple to 16 million by 2050, support for caregivers desperately needed

  • Alzheimer's Deaths Jump 55 Percent: CDC
    More patients also dying at home, with the caregiving burden falling on loved ones

  • Thin People Not More Prone to Alzheimer's, Study Finds
    Gene-based research suggests that, instead, early stage disease might cause weight loss

  • Wives, Daughters Shoulder Most of Alzheimer's Care Burden
    Careers, finances may take a hit because of caregiving demands, researchers say

  • Gene Mutation May Speed Alzheimer's Decline
    If beta-amyloid plaques are present in the brain, process is even faster, study finds

  • 'Silent' Seizures Tied to Alzheimer's Symptoms
    Researchers suggest they're a potential target for treating the disease

  • Loving, Supportive Kids May Help Lower Seniors' Dementia Risk
    But negative relationships with children, spouse increased chances, study finds

  • Could a Zap to the Brain Jog Failing Memory?
    Deep brain stimulation appears to help, but much more research is needed, scientists say

  • Do Diet Sodas Pose Health Risks?
    Study suggests -- but does not prove -- a possible link to stroke, dementia

  • Could Young Blood Boost the Aging Brain?
    In study, mice regained memory skills after transfusion of human umbilical cord blood

  • A Healthy Middle-Aged Heart May Protect Your Brain Later
    Dementia expert says take up heart-healthy habits sooner rather than later

  • Past Psychiatric Ills Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study
    But more recent symptoms may be part of the disease

  • Xanax, Valium May Boost Pneumonia Risk in Alzheimer's Patients
    Researchers suspect people may breathe saliva or food into their lungs due to fatigue from the drugs

  • FDA OKs 1st At-Home Genetic Tests for 10 Disorders
    Saliva analysis can indicate higher risk of Parkinson's disease, among others, agency says

  • Vitamin E, Selenium Supplements Won't Curb Men's Dementia Risk
    Brain expert says it's unlikely that any one nutrient would be a 'silver bullet'

  • Study: Gene Test Needed Before Using Alzheimer's Drug 'Off-Label'
    Aricept is often prescribed for mild mental impairment without actual approval

  • Annual Death Toll From Alzheimer's Nearly Doubles in 15 Years
    Price tag hits $259 billion a year, projected to exceed $1 trillion by 2050, report finds

  • Immune Disorders Such as MS, Psoriasis May Be Tied to Dementia Risk
    Study found 20 percent higher odds for memory-robbing condition, but didn't prove cause and effect

  • Could Parkinson's Disease Raise Stroke Risk?
    Or is the link the other way around? Study finds a connection, but cause-and-effect isn't clear

  • Is Need for More Sleep a Sign of Pending Dementia?
    Study finds an association but doesn't prove cause and effect

  • Unhealthy in Middle Age, Dementia in Old Age?
    Diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking may set you up for Alzheimer's, research suggests

  • HRT Won't Lower Women's Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds
    There was some hint that long-term hormone therapy might have a benefit, but results weren't definitive

  • Small Study Uncovers Brain Disease in Former Soccer Players
    Autopsies show evidence of CTE, the degenerative condition linked to repetitive head trauma

  • Can Air Pollution Heighten Alzheimer's Risk?
    Fine particles from power plants and cars may be to blame for about 20 percent of cases, study suggests

  • Busy Minds May Be Better at Fighting Dementia
    Computer use, crafting, social activities and games all seem to boost brain health, study finds

  • Bilingual People May Have an Edge Against Alzheimer's
    Study found they did better on memory tests that patients who only spoke one language

  • Lack of Exercise Might Invite Dementia
    Study found being sedentary may make you as vulnerable as those whose genes put them at risk for Alzheimer's

  • Fitter Seniors May Have Healthier Brains
    Study found link between strong cardiorespiratory system and better memory

  • Hospital-Related Delirium May Help Worsen Dementia
    But disorienting condition can be treated if recognized, researchers say

  • Link Seen Between Concussions and Alzheimer's
    But study didn't prove head injuries cause the degenerative brain disease

  • Want a Sharper Brain as You Age? Volunteer!
    Study finds slight improvement in thinking and memory for civically minded

  • Does Living Near Major Roads Boost Dementia Risk?
    Study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but risk rose as proximity to traffic increased, researchers report

  • Pot May Restrict Blood Flow to Brain: Study
    It's too early to say if this contributes to mental decline, Alzheimer's expert says

  • Antipsychotic Drugs May Up Risk of Early Death in Alzheimer's Patients
    Increased odds were nearly doubled if two antipsychotic medications were taken, study says

  • Test Predicting Alzheimer's Would Be Welcome, Survey Finds
    3 out of 4 seniors said they'd want to know

  • Beta Blockers May Not Be Best Heart Drugs for Dementia Patients
    In this group, use of the meds after a heart attack compromised quality of life, study finds

  • Was Football Safer Back in the Day?
    Study found those who played in high school in 1950s and '60s don't face increased risk of dementia

  • Whether Statins Cut Alzheimer's Risk May Depend on Gender, Race
    Type of statin used also made a difference in study, but black men did not see any benefits

  • Alzheimer's Patients' Use of Painkilling Patches Cause for Concern
    Researchers worried about long-term use together with other medications that cause drowsiness

  • Aerobic Exercise May Help Guard Against Dementia
    Study found seniors with mild cognitive impairment saw gains in thinking, memory skills after six months of workouts

  • Alzheimer's Protein Plaques May Also Harm the Heart
    Deposits can cause patients' heart muscle to stiffen, keeping it from pumping properly, study suggests

  • Fewer Americans Suffering From Dementia, Study Finds
    Rates have dropped over last decade, and better education might be one reason why

  • Can Occupational Therapy Slow Alzheimer's Decline?
    Patients, caregivers may reap some benefits, but study sees no effect on everyday functioning

  • Poor Sense of Smell May Signal Alzheimer's Risk
    Testing looks for decreased olfactory sense, combined with thinking, memory troubles

  • Some Elderly With Alzheimer's Brain Plaques Stay Sharp
    Study finding raises question of whether something protected their brains

  • Brain Scans May Improve Dementia Diagnosis, Treatment
    People with Lewy body dementia generally don't lose volume in the hippocampus, study shows

  • Could Loneliness Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer's?
    People with 'biomarkers' for the brain disease were more likely to feel socially detached, study finds

  • Can Hormonal Rx for Prostate Cancer Raise Dementia Risk?
    Study found chances doubled, but did not prove androgen deprivation caused damage to brain

  • Sudden Drops in Blood Pressure Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia
    Dizziness, faintness on standing could be sign of danger to brain, but study couldn't prove cause and effect

  • Study Finds Fault With ICU Treatment of Dementia Patients
    Hospitals put too many on ventilators, adding to their suffering and treatment costs, researchers say

  • Animal Study Hints at Gene Therapy's Possible Promise for Alzheimer's
    But the research is very preliminary and much work remains to be done, U.K. researchers say

  • High Blood Pressure May Hike Dementia Risk
    New statement from American Heart Association warns of link

  • Women's Memory Advantage Might Skew Alzheimer's Diagnosis
    Women tend to hold on to better verbal memory skills as they age compared to men, study finds

  • Healthy Diet, Exercise May Help Keep Alzheimer's at Bay
    Study finds people who are active and eat well have fewer brain effects linked to the disease

  • Fewer Advanced Alzheimer's Patients on Feeding Tubes
    Practice dropped by half over past 15 years, study reports

  • Underweight Seniors May Have Added Alzheimer's Risk
    Study links lower body weight to increased amounts of disease-causing plaque in the brain

  • Acupuncture May Slow Pre-Dementia Memory Loss: Study
    However, definitive evidence remains lacking, experts say

  • Deep Brain Stimulation Tested for Early Alzheimer's
    Although treatment seems safe, benefit isn't yet clear

  • Could Slight Brain Zap During Sleep Boost Memory?
    Small study says yes, for a certain type of recognition

  • 2 in 10 Alzheimer's Cases May Be Misdiagnosed
    Missed disease identification seems more likely in men, who may develop thinking problems earlier

  • Behavior Changes May Be First Signs of Alzheimer's
    Researchers have developed a checklist to help spot those at potential risk

  • Women May Be More Resilient to Effects of Alzheimer's Genes
    Physical, mental fitness and socializing also seemed to help higher-risk group, research shows

  • People-Oriented Jobs May Help Lower Alzheimer's Risk
    Activities that highly stimulate the brain might build up 'reserve' to help ward off dementia, studies suggest

  • 1 in 10 Alzheimer's Patients at Risk for Avoidable Hospital Stays
    Study suggests need for better management of other health problems

  • Alzheimer's May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain
    People with the disease, however, don't have higher tolerance for pain, study shows

  • Alzheimer's Gene May Show Effects in Childhood
    Brain scans reveal slower development in certain areas

  • Study Links Severe Head Injury to Parkinson's Risk
    Researchers only found an association, could not explain why connection might exist

  • Gene Test Might One Day Gauge Alzheimer's Risk in Younger Adults
    But doctors say the concept is not ready for clinical use yet

  • Memory Loss: Normal or a Sign of Trouble?
    Everyone experiences some forgetfulness, but the FDA explains when to be concerned

  • Basketball Legend Pat Summitt's Death Points to Ravages of Early Alzheimer's
    Legendary coach's final role: fighting the brain disease

  • Donated Blood Won't Transmit Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease
    Swedish study of nearly 1.5 million patients finds no increased risk when blood came from affected people

  • Early Alzheimer's Linked to Brain 'Leakage'
    Normally, blood-brain barrier prevents this from happening

  • Loss of Y Chromosome in Men Tied to Alzheimer's Risk
    Study raises provocative questions, expert says

  • Blood Pressure Swings Linked to Faster Decline in Mental Skills
    Study found older adults with wide variations were more likely to show deterioration in thinking abilities

  • Why Pleasant Mealtimes Could Be Key to Alzheimer's Care
    Enhanced atmosphere reduces odds of malnutrition, dehydration, study suggests

  • Seniors' Worsening Depression May Sometimes Predict Dementia
    Study suggests a common underlying cause in some, but not all, cases

  • Are People With Rosacea at Higher Risk for Alzheimer's?
    Danish study finds a correlation, but patients shouldn't worry unduly, experts say

  • Trouble With Sense of Direction May Be Linked to Early Alzheimer's: Study
    It's hoped virtual testing could predict disease long before symptoms develop

  • HIV Patients Now Living Long Enough to Develop Alzheimer's
    Findings upend previous beliefs about brain changes related to the AIDS-causing virus

  • Alzheimer's Can Steal Ability to Know Loved Ones' Faces
    Loss of visual perception may occur early in course of disease, researchers say

  • Harmful Artery-Stiffening Seen in Healthy 40-Year-Olds
    Evidence of brain changes at such an early age surprises researchers

  • Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?
    Declines in one seem to mirror declines in the other, but cause-and-effect isn't clear, study says

  • Scientists Reduce Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques in Mice
    Team used gene therapy, but there's no guarantee same method will help humans

  • Caregivers Often Give Up Necessities to Cover Alzheimer's Costs
    Many skip food and health care, cut back work hours or quit jobs to care for loved ones, survey shows

  • Could Less Time Spent Online Signal Early Alzheimer's?
    Researchers think diminishing mental capacities might be behind drop in computer use

  • Simple Steps Can Ease Care of Loved One With Alzheimer's
    Limit their choices and distractions and always keep safety uppermost, expert advises

  • Health Tip: Alzheimer's Disease Can Interfere With Sleep
    How caregiver can help

  • Women With Alzheimer's May Keep Verbal Skills Longer Than Men
    Gender difference could slow diagnosis in women, researchers say

  • Research Offers Clues to Dementia With Language Loss
    In this rarer form of brain illness, protein plaques appear to clump more prominently in certain areas

  • Even Gardening or Dancing Might Cut Alzheimer's Risk
    Any regular physical activity is linked to a healthier brain, study suggests

  • Computer Use May Help Deflect Seniors' Memory Problems
    But, experts note that the study can't prove cause-and-effect

  • Health Tip: Understanding the Signs of Alzheimer's
    Disease symptoms aren't part of normal aging

  • Active Mind, Body May Only Do So Much Against Alzheimer's
    Study suggests that, for most people, this kind of lifestyle does not curb markers of disease in the brain

  • Race May Affect Risk for Dementia
    Study finds rate highest for blacks, lowest for Asian-Americans, but researchers don't know why

  • Widely Used Heartburn Drugs Linked to Dementia Risk in Study
    Research finds association among users over age 75, but can't prove the medications cause memory problems

  • New Mental Challenges Can Sharpen Aging Brain: Study
    Older adults who learned demanding skills showed better memory power than those who had no active learning

  • U.S. Dementia Rates Seem to Be Falling, Study Finds
    Decades-long review revealed risk of brain disease is dropping, while age at diagnosis is going up

  • Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won't Raise Seniors' Dementia Risk: Study
    Research may ease some concerns about use of benzodiazapines, but side effects do exist

  • Head Injuries Tied to Buildup of Alzheimer's Plaques, Small Study Finds
    But it's too soon to suggest that people should avoid contact sports, researcher says

  • Seafood Might Protect Brain in People at Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's
    Study also finds mercury in fish isn't linked to dementia symptoms

  • Weight Loss Starting at Midlife Tied to Later Dementia Risk in Study
    Researchers find connection, but can't say losing pounds plays a causal role

  • Too Few Older Adults Tell Doctors About Memory Loss: Study
    Experts believe it's often a taboo subject due to fears of dementia

  • Brain Protein Might Offer New Clues to Alzheimer's Treatment
    High levels of BDNF appear to slow mental decline, researchers say

  • Americans 100 and Older Are Living Even Longer Now
    Death rates for the oldest old have been dropping since 2008, CDC report finds

  • Computer-Based Test Aims to Predict Dementia Risk
    It's not valid for people older than 80, and more research is needed before it could be used

  • Health Tip: Coping With Alzheimer's Disease
    Suggestions that don't involve medication

  • Poor Circulation in Brain Linked to Psychosis in Alzheimer's Patients
    Researchers find conditions such as high blood pressure, smoking may contribute to risk

  • Singing Hits a High Note for Folks With Early Dementia
    Study finds that mood improves, too

  • Seniors Who Head Back to School May Reduce Dementia Risk
    Mentally stimulating activity can enhance brain function, researchers say

  • Moderate Drinking May Benefit Early Stage Alzheimer's Patients
    2 to 3 alcoholic drinks daily linked to reduced risk of death over 3-year study period

  • Stress May Boost Risk for Alzheimer's-Linked Thinking Problems
    But study did not prove it causes memory woes or mind-robbing disease

  • Could Dim View on Aging Raise Your Alzheimer's Risk?
    Negative stereotypes associated with greater mental decline, study says

  • Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Tied to Possible Alzheimer's Risk
    But experts caution that study doesn't prove cause-and-effect relationship between the two

  • Researchers Say They Find Genes Linked to Alzheimer's Timing
    Some sped up disease, others delayed it, study says

  • Slowed Walking in Seniors May Signal Alzheimer's Danger
    Study found higher levels of beta amyloid in brains of those who didn't move as fast as their peers

  • Genes May Help Shield Seniors From Mental Decline: Study
    Researchers suggest this allows older adults to continue to contribute to society

  • Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques May Also Slow Blood Flow
    Amyloid beta clumps may constrict blood flow, adding to neurological woes, animal studies suggest

  • Alzheimer's-Linked Gene Tied to Brain Bleeds in Men: Study
    Researchers find increased risk in those with ApoE4

  • Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer's Warning
    As the ability to identify odors goes, so does mental ability, researchers say

  • Hormone-Like Drug Doesn't Help Women With Alzheimer's: Study
    Researchers find no benefits from raloxifene in those with mild to moderate dementia

  • End-of-Life Care for Dementia Much Pricier Than for Other Ills
    Costs are about $100,000 more over 5 years, study shows

  • Brain Differences Seen in Young Adults at Genetic Risk of Alzheimer's
    They showed less activity in cells used for spatial navigation, researchers report

  • Researchers Move Closer to Alzheimer's Blood Test
    Early diagnosis might lead to lifestyle changes that slow disease progression, they say

  • Nerve Disorder in Horses May Offer Clues to Alzheimer's
    Buildup of amyloid protein in the brain evident in both conditions, study says

  • Depression Adds to Burden of Alzheimer's Caregivers, Study Finds
    For spouses already depressed when their loved one was diagnosed, their stress only grew

  • Drug May Calm Agitation in Alzheimer's Patients
    It's a combination of cough suppressant and heart medication, and experts don't yet know why it may work

  • Women the Bigger Losers in Terms of Alzheimer's Costs
    Analysis compares hours that males, females spend on caregiving

  • Too Little Vitamin D May Hasten Mental Decline
    Study found adults with low levels more likely to have dementia, and poor memory and thinking skills

  • Could Red Wine Ingredient Affect Progression of Alzheimer's?
    High doses of resveratrol stabilized a key protein level in study, but scientists say more research is needed

  • Type 2 Diabetes Linked to More Alzheimer's Brain 'Tangles'
    Obesity might also be behind the increase, researchers say

  • Too Much Weight in Midlife Tied to Earlier Alzheimer's
    Slimming down might delay dementia, research suggests

  • Awareness of Memory Problems Fades a Few Years Before Dementia: Study
    Finding based on nearly 2,100 older adults who were assessed annually for more than 10 years

  • 9 Factors You Can Control May Be Key to Alzheimer's Risk
    Healthy lifestyle important but no guarantee against most common form of dementia, researchers find

  • Why the Aging Brain Is More Vulnerable to Alzheimer's
    Toxic waste proteins aren't flushed as quickly from older brains, study finds

  • Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Language Problems in Women
    But study only found association between insulin resistance and test that hints at brain health

  • Dementia Meds May Lead to Harmful Weight Loss: Study
    Patients can lose 10 pounds or more, researchers find

  • Regular, Moderate Coffee Drinking Tied to Better Brain Health in Seniors
    But those who upped daily intake actually had higher odds for a precursor to dementia, researchers say

  • 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has a Physical, Mental Disability: CDC
    Race, poverty and less education linked to increased odds of having a disability

  • Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Linked by Common Risk Factors
    Study finds diabetes, smoking and obesity also affect brain areas tied in memory

  • High Blood Sugar May Boost Alzheimer's Risk
    Insulin resistance can inhibit signaling between brain cells and affect memory, study suggests

  • Dementia Risk May Be Dropping With Generations
    Study finds lower risk for people born after 1930 compared to those born earlier

  • Exercise May Buffer Symptoms of Early Alzheimer's
    Vigorous physical activity benefits the aging brain, three studies show

  • Healthy Diet May Help Shield the Aging Brain
    Older adults who ate better maintained problem-solving and planning skills, study finds

  • Pain Often Hinders Seniors With Dementia
    Creative solutions are needed for those living at home, researchers say

  • Women Descend Into Alzheimer's at Twice the Speed of Men: Study
    Investigators find gender differences in progression from mild cognitive impairment

  • Could a Saliva Test Help Spot Alzheimer's?
    Very small study shows some promise, but much more research will be needed, experts say

  • Too Much TV, Too Little Exercise When Young May Hasten Mental Decline Later
    25-year study found a link, but cause-and-effect relationship remains unproven

  • Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
    Study found people with blood sugar disorder were about 80 percent more likely to have memory troubles

  • As Baby Boomers Age, Alzheimer's Rates Will Soar
    By 2050, half of that generation's survivors will have the mind-wasting disease, study predicts

  • Will Good Students Be Able to Sidestep Alzheimer's?
    Better grades, complex jobs linked to a lower risk for dementia, research suggests

  • Gene Linked to Alzheimer's May Affect Brain Early
    People who carry APOEe4 variant show signs of protein buildup in brain, long before symptoms appear

  • Brain Changes Differ by Race With Alzheimer's Disease: Study
    Blacks more likely to have additional dementia-related changes in their brains, researchers say

  • A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain
    Experts stress that exercise, good diet help maintain memory as much as mental challenges do

  • Memory, Thinking Tests May Hint at Alzheimer's Risk
    Low score could be early warning sign for the disease up to 18 years before diagnosis, researchers report

  • Blood Proteins May Provide Early Clue to Alzheimer's
    Findings could offer possible ways to diagnose, treat the disease sooner, researchers say

  • Exercise, Games, Puzzles Don't Prevent Signs of Alzheimer's in the Brain: Study
    But mental and physical activity may keep your mind healthy in other ways, expert says

  • World's Population Is Getting Sicker, Study Shows
    People lose more 'years of healthy life' to illness now than they did in the 1990s, global survey reports

  • Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Proteins Tied to Poor Sleep in Study
    Research hints at 'vicious cycle' connected to dementia

  • White Matter Damage in Brain May Help Spot Early Alzheimer's
    Study finds widespread changes using specialized MRI

  • Fish Oil Tied to Better Brain Function in Older Adults
    But small study doesn't prove omega-3 fatty acids boost mental flexibility

  • Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques May Arise Decades Before Symptoms
    Researchers hope for opportunity to head off dementia

  • 'Medical Marijuana' Pill Falls Short in Dementia Study
    Researchers had hoped to ease anxiety, agitation and wandering

  • Brain Scans Give Clues to Link Between Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome
    People with Down syndrome are at much higher risk of developing dementia, researchers say

  • Heavy Snoring, Apnea Tied to Earlier Brain Troubles
    Treating sleep issues may delay mental decline in older adults, researchers say

  • Mouse Study Suggests Immune Disorder May Play Role in Alzheimer's
    If seen in humans, it might lead to new treatments for memory-robbing disease

  • Arts, Crafts, Socializing May Buoy the Aging Brain
    Those participating in these activities or using computers half as likely to develop mild dementia, study found

  • Head Injuries May Prematurely Age the Brain, Study Suggests
    Researchers hope computer model could predict early problems from injuries

  • Could a Diet Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
    Scientists say the MIND eating plan significantly reduces risk of the brain disorder

  • Researchers Pinpoint Possible Protein Culprit Behind Alzheimer's
    Postmortem analysis of almost 1,400 brains implicates tau, not amyloid, buildup driving memory loss

  • Many With Alzheimer's Aren't Told of Diagnosis by Doctor: Report
    Researchers found patients were more likely to be informed only after their disease had advanced

  • Researchers Develop Screening for Early Memory Troubles
    Higher scores on test may indicate need for further evaluation, expert said

  • Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients
    The drugs are use to treat delusions, hallucinations, agitation and aggression

  • Age-Linked Memory Loss May Be Worse for Men, Study Finds
    And, early plaque build-up in brain may not play as strong a role in recall issues as suspected

  • Ultrasound Used to Attack Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaque in Mice
    Treatment is preliminary, but may have potential to combat the disease, researcher says

  • Good Heart Health May Help Stave Off Dementia, Study Says
    Poorer cardiac function linked to doubled odds for mental decline

  • Gout's Silver Lining: A Lower Risk for Alzheimer's?
    Study found people with the arthritic ailment had lower odds for dementia, but more research is needed

  • Many U.S. Households Include Someone With Failing Memory
    About half of those with recall issues say they interfere with daily life

  • Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Spotted in Young Adults
    People as young as 20 have amyloid buildup, but researchers aren't sure what it means

  • Skin Test for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Shows Early Promise
    Higher levels of key proteins may point to disease, but more study is needed, experts say

  • 'Superagers' Seem to Have 'Younger' Brains, Researchers Find
    Their sharp memories at 80 and beyond may provide clues for treating dementia

  • Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia
    Class of drugs interferes with a key brain chemical, but study can't prove cause-and-effect

  • Leaks in Brain May Contribute to Dementia
    Study finds blood vessels in older adults break down

  • Depression, Anxiety Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer's, Study Finds
    Those who developed dementia were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression earlier

  • Petty 'Crimes' Sometimes Tied to Dementia
    Thefts, traffic violations may be first signs of mental decline, researchers say

  • Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk for Dementia
    Study suggests low oxygen levels, less time in deep shut-eye may contribute to brain changes

  • Study Links Running to Lower Alzheimer's Death Risk
    Higher fruit intake, cholesterol-lowering drugs also associated with reduced risk, researchers say

  • Midlife Diabetes Linked to Memory Problems Later
    Blood sugar disorder associated with 19 percent greater decline in thinking skills, study reports

  • Too Few Americans Undergo Dementia Screening
    More than half of people with the condition never had a thinking/memory test, study found

  • Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes
    Up to one in five residents involved in unpleasant, sometimes inappropriate confrontations, N.Y. study suggests

  • Could Your Job Help Preserve Your Aging Brain?
    Mentally stimulating work may keep your mind sharp, research says

  • Health Tip: Make Home Safer for Alzheimer's
    Limit access to areas that could pose danger

  • Alzheimer's Cases Expected to Double by 2050, Researchers Say
    Costs for care may go up as much as fivefold if disease isn't delayed, prevented

  • B Vitamins May Not Boost Memory or Thinking, Study Suggests
    Folic acid and vitamin B12 reduce harmful substance, but don't improve recall

  • Is Tau the 'How' Behind Alzheimer's?
    When this protein malfunctions, brain cells die, say researchers working with mice

  • Special Cocoa Drink May Improve Age-Related Memory Loss
    Findings don't apply to regular chocolate or hot cocoa, however

  • Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk
    But other experts doubt that a herpes infection could cause the brain disease

  • Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer's Origins
    Specially designed cell culture supports notion that toxic 'plaques and tangles' in brain may drive disease

  • U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years: CDC
    Lifestyle changes cited as reason for gains, researchers say

  • MRI May Spot Early Signs of Mental Decline, Study Finds
    But scientists stress this doesn't mean seniors should rush to get the scans, more study needed

  • Report Claims Success Treating Alzheimer's Memory Loss
    But experts won't embrace this 36-point program of lifestyle changes and supplements without more research

  • Jealous, Moody Women May Face Higher Alzheimer's Risk, Study Says
    Chronic stress, neuroticism in midlife linked to doubled odds of dementia, researchers suggest

  • Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades
    Study found that feelings tied to a loved one's visits remain, even if patient soon fails to recall the event

  • Memory Slips in Senior Years May Signal Dementia Risk
    Study found 80 percent of those who complained of forgetting things had Alzheimer's 12 years later

  • Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia
    Never too late to take steps to help avoid the memory-robbing disorder, researchers say

  • Not Everyone With Alzheimer's-Linked Protein Develops Dementia: Study
    Some brains appear to compensate for build-up of destructive beta-amyloid plaque, research suggests

  • Advanced Dementia Patients Often Given Unhelpful Meds: Study
    Unnecessary prescriptions lead to more side effects, costs for nursing home residents, experts say

  • Scientists Unlock a Key to Cell Stress
    Stressed cells can halt protein production, which could could shed light on diseases like Alzheimer's and ALS

  • Anxiety Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimer's Risk
    Researchers say long-term use of drugs in older adults is a concern

  • Seniors' Sleep Woes May Be Linked to Loss of Brain Cells
    Decline of these neurons occurs with aging, Alzheimer's, researchers say

  • Man's Rare Condition May Open Door to New Alzheimer's Treatments
    He lacks a protein linked to the memory-robbing condition, but his brain works fine, researchers report

  • Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds
    But it's too soon to recommend supplements, dietary changes for prevention

  • High Blood Pressure in Middle Age, Weaker Brain Later?
    Study shows a link, but it's unclear if medications in midlife will ward off dementia

  • Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia
    Review found some evidence it helped soothe, distract sufferers, but safeguards important

  • Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia
    Researchers deem depression an independent risk factor for dementia

  • Researchers Spot Potential New Culprit Behind Alzheimer's
    Abnormal levels of certain protein are more common in affected patients, study reports

  • Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer's: Review
    Though it lowered levels of compound associated with mental decline, no difference seen in thinking skills

  • Alzheimer's Rate Falling in the United States, Studies Show
    Improved heart health may be one reason for decline seen in some developed countries

  • A Healthy Lifestyle May Deflect Dementia
    Older folks who began eating right, exercising did better on memory and problem-solving tests in study

  • Cataract Surgery a Plus for Someone With Dementia, Study Says
    Besides better vision, patients and caregivers report improved quality of life

  • Staying Active May Help Prevent Dementia
    Physical activity in middle age might reduce risk of memory disorders, studies suggest

  • Eye Tests Might Help ID Alzheimer's, Studies Suggest
    Researchers report on two approaches that look for telltale plaques

  • Could a Simple Smell Test Help Spot Alzheimer's Early?
    Study found weakened sense of smell associated with dementia risk, but more research needed

  • Can Games, Puzzles Keep Aging Minds Sharp?
    New study says maybe, but the reason why isn't yet clear

  • Widowhood May Delay Dementia in Some Seniors, Study Finds
    Social support might be the key, researcher says

  • High Blood Pressure May Protect the Very Old From Dementia
    But it's too early to recommend any change in treatment, researcher says

  • Nursing Home Care May Be Out of Reach for Many Aging 'Boomers': Study
    Price tag for 1 year of institutionalized care is now about $84,000, federal report says

  • Veterans With Brain Injury May Be at Risk for Dementia: Study
    They were 60 percent more likely to develop disease, and to develop it earlier, researchers say

  • Lifetime of Learning Might Thwart Dementia, Study Suggests
    Even taking up intellectual pursuits in mid-life appears to aid the brain

  • Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers Alike
    'Holistic' program involving these and other activities brought relaxation, exercise, small study found

  • Anti-Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise in Mice Study
    Researchers hope to prevent disease onset by starting treatment in middle age

  • Scientists Erase, Then Restore Memories in Rats
    In the future, the mind tweak might have applications for Alzheimer's patients, researchers say

  • Steroids May Not Be Wise Choice for Intensive-Care Patients
    Johns Hopkins research suggests the possibility of delirium

  • Cynics at Higher Risk for Dementia? Yea, Right
    Study suggests they may be three times more likely to develop brain disease than more trusting folks

  • Could Certain Antidepressants Slow Alzheimer's?
    Early study suggests Celexa, and other drugs in its class, might help, but many questions remain

  • Workplace Solvents Linked to Long-Term Memory, Thinking Problems
    Study of French retirees shows those exposed even decades ago scored worse on tests

  • Brain Stimulation Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer's
    German pilot study found four of six patients kept, improved their memories one year later

  • Young Blood Boosts Brains of Old Mice
    The discovery might have implications for aging humans, study authors suggest

  • Alzheimer's Variation May Often Go Unrecognized: Study
    'Hippocampal sparing' disease tends to affect men more, at younger ages

  • Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study
    But the findings only show an association; they don't prove cause and effect, experts say

  • Gene Variant May Double Alzheimer's Risk for Women: Study
    Effect wasn't nearly as pronounced among men, researchers say

  • A Failing Mind May Mean Lower Cancer Death Risk, Study Suggests
    But scientists aren't sure why dementia seems linked to fewer malignancies

  • Your Mentally Stimulating Job May Help Keep You Sharp in Retirement
    'Use it or lose it' might apply to brainpower, study author says

  • Jury Still Out on Routine Dementia Screening for Seniors
    Panel says benefits unproven, but Alzheimer's experts say early detection is important

  • Alzheimer's Strikes Women Harder Than Men: Report
    And those over 60 twice as likely to get the brain disease than breast cancer

  • Diabetes in Middle Age May Cause Memory Problems Later
    Study also found that high blood pressure has similar impact

  • Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Alzheimer's
    Scientists who tested seniors say the results detected almost all of those who would develop problems

  • 'Senior Moments' Don't Seem to Lead to Dementia for Most
    Study reassuring for people with 'mild cognitive impairment,' experts say

  • Twins Study May Give Some Insight Into Alzheimer's
    Research suggests genes play key role in each person's susceptibility to the disease

  • Alzheimer's May Kill Far More Americans Than Thought
    Researchers report that the toll from the incurable brain disease exceeds death certificate statistics

  • Chemicals in 'Western' Diet Show Alzheimer's-Like Effects in Mice
    Whether findings might apply to humans remains to be seen

  • Antidepressant Celexa May Help Ease Alzheimer's-Linked Agitation
    Study finds it might be safer alternative to standard antipsychotics

  • Could Infections Harm Memory in Older Adults?
    Early study found connection between exposure to microbes, poorer scores on mental-ability tests

  • Having 2 Parents With Alzheimer's May Raise Risk of Early Brain Changes
    Small study found these people had more beta-amyloid deposits, less gray matter

  • Controlling Blood Pressure, Cholesterol May Not Boost Brain Health for Diabetics
    Study found no effect, but longer-term trials may be needed to see a benefit, experts add

  • High Estrogen Levels Plus Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk
    Study of older women found having more of hormone from fat tissue after age 65 unwise

  • DDT Exposure May Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study
    Researchers say those with the disease had 4 times higher blood levels of byproduct of banned pesticide

  • My Father's Keeper: Caring for a Parent With Dementia
    With no training and no pay, an army of informal caregivers provides a billion dollar service

  • For Seniors With Dementia, the Choice to Live Alone Can Be a Risky One
    Study identifies safety issues, lack of social activities and health care

  • 2 Alzheimer's Drugs Found Ineffective in Clinical Trials
    Dashing hopes, bapineuzumab and solanezumab did not improve patients' ability to think or perform daily activities

  • Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels Might Raise Alzheimer's Risk
    Keeping cholesterol under control may help brain as well as heart, study suggests

  • Concussions Linked to Alzheimer's Risk in Study
    Brain scans found seniors with both poor memory and prior head injury have more plaque buildup

  • Simple Steps Could Keep People With Dementia at Home Longer: Study
    Addressing safety, medical issues key to independent living, researcher says

  • NIH, NFL Team Up to Take On Concussion Research
    The goal: Understanding long-term effects of head injuries and improving diagnosis

  • Potentially Helpful Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Cross to Brain: Study
    Finding might have implications for Alzheimer's treatment, although more work must be done

  • Alzheimer's Gene Tied to Brain Changes at Early Age
    Researchers say the SORL1 gene may affect more than one 'pathway' to the disease

  • 135 Million People Worldwide Will Have Dementia by 2050: Report
    More aggressive research, social support systems needed, experts say

  • Deciphering the DNA of Alzheimer's Patients
    First batch of complete genetic data on 410 people with the disease made available to scientists

  • Keeping Holidays Happy When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's
    Expert advice on including family members and managing caregiver stress

  • No Connection Seen Between Dementia, Common Eye Disease
    But Alzheimer's patients in study were less likely to seek treatment for age-related macular degeneration

  • Speaking Two Languages May Delay Dementia Symptoms
    Study of case records found it staved off signs of the disease by more than four years

  • New Batch of Alzheimer's Genes Discovered
    Scientists say the finding could double the number of targets for treatment

  • Brain-Imaging Drug Approved for Alzheimer's Detection
    Vizamyl is used with PET scan to screen for signs of dementia

  • Could a Good Night's Sleep Guard Against Alzheimer's?
    Study found that older people who got more sleep had less of the disease's hallmark plaques in their brains

  • Common Blood Pressure Drugs Tied to Lower Risk of Alzheimer's: Study
    Since some classes of meds had the effect but others didn't, more than just blood pressure may be at work

  • Sleep May Be Brain's 'Cleaning' Time, Mouse Study Suggests
    Is waste-removal system at work during slumber?

  • Link Seen Between Hardening of Arteries, Alzheimer's Plaques
    Study of patients in their 80s looked at plaque deposits in their brains

  • Gene Mutation May Double Rate of Brain Tissue Lost to Alzheimer's
    1 percent of people carry DNA that quickens disease's destructive path, researchers say

  • A Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer's?
    Study doesn't prove cause and effect, but researchers note that bacteria travels easily from mouth to brain

  • Long Periods of Delirium in ICU May Raise Risk of Mental Impairment
    Study found these patients suffered problems similar to those seen with brain injuries, early Alzheimer's

  • Stressful Middle Age Tied to Higher Alzheimer's Risk in Women
    Swedish study looked at effect of issues such as divorce, job strain over nearly 4 decades

  • Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After All
    But even with new study, jury's still out on safety of cholesterol-lowering drugs

  • Scientists Gain Genetic Insight Into Alzheimer's Disease
    Study of mice builds on landmark findings from 1990s, researcher says

  • Alzheimer's 'Epidemic' Straining Caregiver, Community Resources: Report
    Worldwide situation calls for comprehensive changes, authors say

  • Research Hints at How Alzheimer's Affects the Brain
    Mice study shows hallmark protein doesn't just clog circuitry, it gum ups the connections as well

  • Fluorescent Scans May Have Potential to Track Alzheimer's Progression
    Doctors would gain ability to monitor ongoing brain changes, study suggests

  • Alzheimer's May Vary, Brain to Brain
    Differences in signs, symptoms could be related to 'beta-amyloid fibrils' responsible for plaque, study hints

  • Americans Enjoying More Healthy Years
    Study found 2-year lifespan gain, fewer disease symptoms

  • For Some With Alzheimer's, Occupational Therapy Can Bring Welcome Relief
    It often keeps people safe at home, practitioners say

  • Polishing the Gems Who Are Alzheimer's Patients
    Therapist shares insights with caregivers, for the benefit of all

  • Mediterranean Diet May Be Good for the Brain
    Review looked at effects of eating plenty of olive oil, vegetables, fruit and fish

  • Health Tip: At Risk for Alzheimer's?
    Some factors you can help control

  • Brain Protein Is a Key to 'Senior Moments,' Study Finds
    Age-related forgetfulness is caused by protein deficiency, scientists studying humans and mice say

  • Simple Test May Spot Dementia Risk in Seniors With Diabetes
    Scoring system based on risk factors predicted who would develop brain disease a decade later

  • Copper in Environment May Be Tied to Alzheimer's
    Researchers looked at effect of common mineral on mice, human brain cells

  • Alzheimer's Research Takes a New Turn
    Study suggests that gummed-up synapses -- not plaque -- may be at the root of aging brain diseases

  • High Blood Sugar Levels Tied to Small Increases in Dementia Risk
    Elevated blood glucose may harm the brain, even in people without diabetes, researchers say

  • Anemia Might Raise Dementia Risk, Study Suggests
    Screening elderly for the blood condition makes sense, researcher says

  • Health Tip: When Alzheimer's Affects Sleep
    Keep to a steady wake and sleep schedule

  • Diabetes Doesn't Seem to Affect Alzheimer's Disease Progression
    Study looked at seniors' blood sugar tests along with their brain scans

  • Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Help Slow Dementia
    Larger message: Better cardiovascular health benefits the brain, expert says

  • Scientists Spot New Brain 'Pathways' Possibly Tied to Alzheimer's
    Findings could point to new drug targets for dementia, although any treatment is still far away

  • Another Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Disappoints
    Study of trial termination may signal end of the road for class of medications that target gamma secretase in the brain

  • No Benefit to Community-Wide Dementia Screening: Review
    But worrisome symptoms could merit a visit to the doctor, experts say

  • Memory Worries May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's
    Although studies didn't prove connection, expert says concerns are worth mentioning to a doctor

  • Online Self-Tests for Alzheimer's Don't Work: Experts
    Most are unethical and ineffective, panel finds

  • Scientists Detail Alzheimer's Progression, Step by Step
    As researchers learn more, therapy might someday address brain changes much sooner

  • Early Diabetes Signs Often Missed in Alzheimer's Patients
    Study uncovered high blood sugar levels in many participants

  • Diabetes Drug May Protect the Brain
    Study found patients taking metformin were 20 percent less likely to develop dementia

  • Putting Off Retirement May Help Stave Off Alzheimer's
    Study looked at self-employed workers in France

  • 2 New Alzheimer's Drugs Show Promise in Early Studies
    Experts caution that expectations are low in field littered with drug failures

  • Cancer, Chemo May Lower Alzheimer's Risk, Study Suggests
    Results, if confirmed, might point to new treatments

  • Mental Decline Seen Earlier When Epilepsy Present, Study Suggests
    Seizures may hasten Alzheimer's and mild memory problems, researchers say

  • Cancer Patients Less Likely to Get Alzheimer's, Study Finds
    Risk for malignancy was also lower in seniors with Alzheimer's, researchers report

  • Lifelong Reading, Hobbies Might Help Stave Off Dementia
    Stimulating activities may encourage brain to adapt and create 'work-arounds,' study suggests

  • Concussion Damage Looks Much Like Early Alzheimer's: Study
    Preliminary finding suggests mild brain injury triggers long-lasting abnormalities in white matter

  • Saturated Fat May Make the Brain Vulnerable to Alzheimer's
    Researchers say a small, new study shows that fat cut the body's level of a chemical that keeps Alzheimer's at bay

  • Scientists Find New Clues to Early Onset Alzheimer's
    Too much plaque-building protein produced in people with certain genes, study finds

  • Study: Low Blood Pressure May Weaken Brains of Some Heart Patients
    Pressure that's too low -- or too high -- might damage brain cells, new research suggests

  • For Alzheimer's Caregivers, a Much-Needed Break
    Study confirms adult day care provides beneficial time off

  • Alzheimer's Drugs May Benefit Heart, Study Finds
    Fewer heart attacks, deaths for patients taking cholinesterase inhibitors

  • Alzheimer's Patients Mimic Emotions of Those Around Them: Study
    Findings may have implications for caregivers

  • Scientists Can't Replicate Surprising Finding on Alzheimer's Treatment
    Skin cancer drug had no effect on brain plaques in mice, three separate research teams report

  • Sleep Apnea in Seniors Tied to Alzheimer's in Study
    Connection appeared strongest among thinner people, researcher says

  • Some Types of Skin Cancer Linked to Lower Chances of Alzheimer's
    A weak immune response might allow skin cancer but protect brain from inflammation, expert suggests

  • Experimental Drug Seems to Aid Memory in Mice With Alzheimer's
    Study found increased levels of proteins that form connections responsible for learning, memory

  • Many Seniors Suffer Mental Decline in Silence: CDC
    While 1 in 8 has memory problems and confusion, too few seek help

  • High Blood Sugar May Add to Alzheimer's Risk: Study
    Brain scans suggest possible link between the two

  • Living Long May Protect Against Early Alzheimer's, Study Finds
    Dementia starts later in families with exceptional longevity, researchers say

  • General Anesthesia Not Linked to Raised Risk for Dementia
    No long-term mental changes associated with the procedure in older surgical patients, study says

  • Mediterranean Diet Might Help Stave Off Dementia
    Large study showed better retention of mental skills in seniors who had followed it

  • Gene Studies Could Point to New Alzheimer's Treatments
    Research focuses on changes in immune cell activity within the brain

  • Your Autoantibody 'Profile' Might Someday Help Spot Illness
    Differences showed up in study of people with conditions including Alzheimer's, breast cancer

  • Alzheimer's Patients May Face Looming Shortage of Neurologists
    Medicare payment system undervalues one-on-one evaluations by these specialists, experts say

  • Brain Changes Seen in Relatives of People With Alzheimer's
    Study finding doesn't mean you'll get the disease if family members have it, experts stress

  • Exercise May Help People With Alzheimer's Avoid Nursing Homes
    Study finds regular activity delays physical decline, reduces falls

  • Newly Created Rats Designed to Speed Alzheimer's Research
    The genetically engineered rodents more closely mimic the disease found in humans, scientists say

  • Gene May Double Risk of Alzheimer's in Blacks
    But expert says actual increase is 'modest' and many other factors contribute to disease

  • U.S. Spends More on Dementia Care Than Heart Disease or Cancer: Study
    Annual bill now tops $200 billion, largely for long-term care, researchers say

  • Obama Unveils Vast Brain-Mapping Project
    10-year initiative, with $100 million funding in 2014, designed to lead to breakthroughs for diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

  • Mental, Physical Challenges May Help Seniors Stay Sharp, Study Says
    Small steps, including stretching, watching educational DVDs, reaped rewards

  • Researchers Test Implanted Brain Stimulator for Alzheimer's
    They hope the device will restore some thinking ability and improve focus, attention

  • Could Herpes Virus Affect Memory in Older Adults?
    Chronic infection with cold sores may affect thinking, especially in sedentary folks, study suggests

  • Acting Out Dreams During Sleep May Signal Dementia
    Small study connects REM sleep behavior disorder with 'Lewy bodies' in brain

  • A Third of U.S. Seniors Die With Dementia, Study Finds
    Report tallies enormous medical, financial and caregiver toll of conditions like Alzheimer's

  • High Blood Pressure May Add to Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds
    People with a genetic mutation plus hypertension have more brain plaque, researchers find

  • FDA Wants to Relax Approval Process for Alzheimer's Drugs
    Agency points to need for medications that could prevent, slow disease in an aging population

  • Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise, Study Finds
    While not a 'wonder drug,' medication may help slow memory loss, researcher says

  • Human Brain Cells Used to Make Mice Smarter
    Findings could advance research on conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, experts say

  • Health Tip: Spot the Early Stages of Alzheimer's
    Look for these warning signs

  • Certain Sleep Aids May Raise Hip Fracture Risk in Nursing Homes: Study
    List includes common drugs such as Lunesta and Ambien, researchers say

  • More Regular Meals May Improve Dementia Care
    In small study, improved nutrition appeared to help patients' memory, daily function

  • For Alzheimer's Caregivers, Patience and Compassion Are Key
    Expert advice for those facing the challenges brought on by the disease

  • High-Antioxidant Diet May Not Prevent Stroke, Dementia, Study Finds
    Instead, the type of antioxidant-rich food you eat might be key, experts say

  • Damage to Tiny Blood Vessels in Brain May Raise Alzheimer's Risk
    Finding could point to new targets for treatment, prevention

  • U.S. Plans Billion-Dollar Project to Study the Brain
    Hope is the initiative will lead to breakthroughs for diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

  • Women With Alzheimer's-Linked Gene Show Faster Cell Aging
    Early study found no such effect on women using hormone replacement therapy

  • Number of Americans With Alzheimer's May Triple by 2050
    Experts say research in the next few years could be pivotal in altering those projections

  • Exercising at Midlife May Stave Off Dementia Down the Road
    Working out in your 40s could pay off in your 70s and beyond, study suggests

  • Review Finds No Evidence Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Are Infectious
    Analysis of patients who received human growth hormone from cadavers saw no increased risk of brain diseases

  • More Evidence Ties Heart Disease to Mental Decline
    Link between cardiovascular trouble and impaired thinking was especially strong in women

  • PET Scans Helpful, But Not Definitive for Alzheimer's Diagnosis
    New guidelines address which patients might benefit from imaging test for brain plaque

  • Signs of Brain Damage Show Up in Scans of Living, Retired NFL Players
    The small study isn't definitive, but hope is the findings could one day help prevent devastating injuries

  • U.S. Launches Extensive Alzheimer's Studies
    5-year, $55 million effort will look at exercise, drug treatment as therapies for early disease

  • Common Blood Pressure Drugs Might Lower Dementia Risk
    Older men on beta blockers were less likely to have brain abnormalities in study

  • Brain Injury Doesn't Raise Dementia Risk for Most: Study
    But likelihood of re-injury does increase

  • Future Astronauts May Be Exposed to Alzheimer's Risk Factor
    Mouse study suggests longer-range space travel could pose radiation hazard

  • Studies of Alzheimer's Caregivers May Overlook Non-Spouses
    Many looking after family members are actually their adult children, grandchildren

  • Health Tip: If Dementia Causes Sleep Problems
    Establish consistent sleep and wake times

  • Alzheimer's May Progress Differently in Women, Men
    Study found variations in brain matter loss, early mental decline

  • Scientists ID Gene Mutation That May Triple Alzheimer's Risk
    About 1 percent of people have 'TREM2' mutation, researcher says

  • Family's Questions About Alzheimer's Patients Can Put Nurses in a Bind
    They often struggle to be honest but upbeat when answering inquiries, study says

  • Alzheimer's Signs Found in Brains of Young Adults With Gene Mutation
    Small study of rare form of disease included people aged 18 to 26

  • Gene Linked to Alzheimer's May Lose Power With Age
    Study found that by 90, the gene no longer raised risk for the brain disorder or other ailments

  • Short-Term, Early HRT May Cut Women's Alzheimer's Risk: Study
    But U.S. experts do not recommend the therapy for disease prevention

  • High-Carb Diet in Old Age Linked to Mental Decline
    Elderly who consumed the most carbohydrates, sugar had more memory, thinking problems, study finds

  • Some With Alzheimer's Better Off Staying on Antipsychotics: Study
    Agitation, aggression more likely to return in those who stopped taking Risperdal, research shows

  • Measuring Brain Plaques May Yield Clues to Alzheimer's Risk
    Changes can be detected and measured while older people are still healthy, researchers say

  • Drugs to Prevent Alzheimer's to Be Tested in Large Trial
    New treatments target amyloid beta plaque; volunteers destined to have the brain disease

  • Mouse Study Sheds New Light on How Memories Are Stored
    Part of the brain keeps working through sleep and anesthesia to process information

  • Alzheimer's Drug Shows Potential in Trials
    Patients with mild disease who took solanezumab had slowing of mental decline

  • Some Women's Brains Contain Male DNA: Study
    Health implications are unclear, researchers say

  • Telling Patients When They're Unfit to Drive Cuts Crashes: Study
    But people may resent the advice and limit visits with their physician

  • Some Blood Pressure Drugs Might Help Slow Alzheimer's: Study
    Fewer telltale brain plaques found in patients on angiotensin receptor blockers

  • Ginkgo Won't Prevent Alzheimer's, Study Finds
    This is the latest finding in debate over herb's ability to keep dementia at bay

  • Ex-NFL Players at Higher Risk for Alzheimer's, ALS: Study
    But study was small, and safety has improved over time, experts note

  • Discovery May Improve Diagnosis of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
    Markers in cerebrospinal fluid might help distinguish different forms of neurological disease, study finds

  • Mental Skills Decline More Sharply for Women With Alzheimer's: Study
    Even verbal ability deteriorates more than for men, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Coping With Early-Onset Alzheimer's
    Prepare for good days and bad ones

  • Midlife Fitness May Mean Healthier Old Age, Study Finds
    Common conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's less likely

  • Alzheimer's Drug Shows Some Promise in Trials
    Subgroup of patients with mild disease showed slowing of mental decline

  • New 'Brain-Cleaning' System Discovered in Mice
    It drains the brain of waste products, researchers report

  • Chronic 'Butter Flavoring' Exposure Linked to Harmful Brain Process
    Working with diacetyl may raise risk of proteins clumping in the brain, similar to Alzheimer's: study

  • Alzheimer's Progression Slower After 80: Study
    Finding has implications for cost of patient care and testing of new treatments, experts say

  • In Mice, Alzheimer's-Linked Protein Shows Promise Against MS
    Amyloid beta has long been tied to dementia, but injections slowed MS progression

  • Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise in Early Trial
    Experimental agent similar to medicines already used to ease symptoms, but more study needed

  • Scientists Say Blood Test May Help Predict Alzheimer's
    High blood levels of a substance linked to cell death, inflammation seemed to indicate higher risk

  • Alcohol May Not Be Kind to the Aging Brain
    Studies suggest potential problems, like memory issues, but don't prove a link

  • Home-Based Care Teams Offer Help for Those With Dementia
    Coordinated effort boosts quality of life, delays need for nursing home, study finds

  • Preventive Measures Pay Off for Those at Risk of Stroke
    Taking steps to reduce smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes saves lives, study finds

  • Alzheimer's Treatment Shows Promise in Small, 3-Year Trial
    However, findings on immune-based drug therapy are preliminary, experts say

  • Patients' Skin Cells Yield Research Model for Alzheimer's
    Cellular model might bring insights since it more closely mimics human disease, experts say

  • Even Slight Mental Decline Can Harm Health, Studies Suggest
    Research in elderly finds 'mild cognitive impairment' linked to higher risk for death, social isolation

  • Faltering Steps May Indicate Oncoming Dementia
    3 studies link changes in walking skills to weakening mental state, including Alzheimer's

  • Brain Scans Using New Dye May Predict Alzheimer's
    The dye binds to amyloid plaques, which are implicated in the disease

  • Timeline Detected for Rare, Early Alzheimer's
    Biochemical changes start more than 25 years before symptoms, researchers say

  • Nutrient Drink Might Boost Memory in Early Alzheimer's: Study
    But mixture wouldn't have to meet same strict FDA approval as drugs, expert says

  • Hospitalization May Be 'Tipping Point' for Alzheimer's Decline
    Study also found delirium added to risk of mental deterioration, even death

  • Alzheimer's-Linked Gene May Have More Effect on Women
    Study looked at common gene variant and brain disruption

  • Could Slow Walking Foreshadow Early Dementia?
    Small study suggests an association, but more research needed

  • Skin Cells Turned Into Brain Cells in Lab Study
    Transformed cells could lead to better ways of testing drugs for Alzheimer's, researchers say

  • U.S. Program Targets Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes
    Many dementia patients getting these drugs as chemical restraints, officials say

  • 'Bad' Fat May Hurt Brain Function Over Time
    But researchers report that 'good' fat may help preserve thinking and memory

  • Trial Set to See if Drug Can Prevent Alzheimer's
    Many of the study participants are genetically prone to the disease

  • For Dementia Patients, Feeding Tubes May Increase Bed Sores
    Findings challenge long-standing beliefs, researchers say

  • Smell Tests Don't Predict Alzheimer's, Study Finds
    Misleading reports may create false hope -- or false alarm

  • Depression in Mid-Life Linked to Higher Odds for Later Dementia
    Risks were greatest for those whose depression stretched from middle- to old age, study found

  • Having a 'Purpose in Life' May Help Shield You From Dementia
    Study suggests, but doesn't prove, a link between the two

  • Eating More Foods Rich in Omega-3s May Lower Alzheimer's Risk: Study
    High consumption was associated with lower levels of protein linked to dementia

  • Exercise Plus Computer Time May Boost Seniors' Brains
    Combination seems to help reduce odds of age-related memory loss, study finds

  • How That Glass of Red Wine Might Help You Live Longer
    Mouse study suggests synthetic form of compound found in grapes deserves a look

  • Basketball Legend Pat Summitt Leaving as Tennessee Women's Coach
    The 59-year-old Hall of Famer revealed last year that she has early-onset Alzheimer's

  • Everyday Activities Might Lower Alzheimer's Risk
    Study finds association for more active elderly, even without formal exercise

  • When Does Boxing-Related Head Trauma Become Too Much?
    Study suggests there is a point at which lasting brain damage can set in

  • New Method to Reveal Alzheimer's Marker Shows Promise
    Early study uses drug and imaging scans to pinpoint plaques associated with disease

  • Researchers ID Genes That May Determine Mental Illness
    Genetic links to brain size, intelligence also examined in study

  • New Drug Might Reduce an Alzheimer's Marker: Study
    But, research is preliminary and it's unclear if the compound would improve the brain disease

  • Brain Scans Suggest How Alzheimer's Spreads
    Finding shows disease moves through linked nerve cells

  • Antioxidants May Not Help Alzheimer's Patients
    Vitamin cocktail might even speed up mental decline, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Manage Memory Loss
    Tips to help you remember

  • More Insight on Possible Role of Vitamin D Against Alzheimer's
    Study looked at vitamin D3's function in clearing brain of disease-related plaques

  • Alzheimer's, Dementia Care to Cost U.S. $200 Billion This Year
    Alzheimer's Association projects continued increases in payments as baby boomers age

  • Study Produces Mixed Results on Alzheimer's Drugs
    Aricept, Namenda combo may not boost benefits, but staying on Aricept worthwhile, findings show

  • Depression Could Worsen Mental Decline in Heart Patients
    Long-term monitoring of depressive symptoms is needed, researchers say

  • Toxins Afloat in Shark Fin Soup?
    Neurotoxins linked to brain diseases identified in fin samples, study says

  • Alzheimer's-Like Memory Loss Reversed in Mice
    But any application for humans remains years away, researchers stress

  • Certain Antipsychotics Up Risk of Death for Patients With Dementia: Study
    While the drugs are often necessary, new comparison should help doctors balance risks, benefits

  • Can Walking Speed, Hand Grip in Middle Age Predict Dementia Risk?
    Each could be marker for general frailty, which has been linked to brain decline, researchers say

  • Brain Scans May One Day Be Used to Predict Dementia
    Scientists also might be able to test effectiveness of Alzheimer's meds by tracking brain changes

  • Sleeplessness Tied to Early Alzheimer's, Study Says
    But it's too soon to say one leads to the other

  • Exercise a Defense Against Dementia: Study
    Odds of dying from brain deterioration were less for physically fit individuals

  • Screening by Primary-Care Doctors May Spot Dementia
    Findings run counter to current recommendations, which advise against routine mental checks

  • Overeating May Double Risk of Memory Loss: Study
    Too many calories could lead to early signs of Alzheimer's, preliminary research suggests

  • Smog May Harm Women's Brains: Study
    The more air pollution they were exposed to, the greater their mental decline

  • In Mice, Cancer Drug Shows Effect on Alzheimer's Symptoms
    Early lab study showed reduction of disease-related plaque

  • New Criteria Could Change Who Is Diagnosed With Alzheimer's
    Expert says many more patients may be told they only have mild cognitive impairment

  • Questionnaire Could Help Predict Alzheimer's: Study
    21 simple questions may help docs determine which patients need more testing, researchers say

  • Same Genes Key to Early & Late-Onset Alzheimer's: Study
    Individual risk factors may influence when the brain disorder develops, researchers say

  • Mouse Study Suggests Alzheimer's Spreads Through Brain Like an Infection
    If validated, finding might open doors to new therapies, even a vaccine, experts say

  • Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques May Affect Memory in Healthy People
    Research could lead to better understanding of the origins of Alzheimer's

  • Neurologists Should Screen Patients for Abuse: Experts
    People with certain disorders might be more vulnerable to violence, says American Academy of Neurology

  • Men at Higher Risk for Mental Decline That Precedes Alzheimer's
    Odds worst for people without college education, study finds

  • Steady Diet of Mental Stimulation Might Reduce Alzheimer's Risk
    Lifetime of reading, games lowered levels of brain plaques, researchers report

  • Genes May Guide Intelligence Throughout Life
    Some people stay smart as they age in part because of genetic factors, study suggests

  • U.S. Wants to Buttress Alzheimer's Arsenal by 2025
    Left unchecked, the number of Alzheimer's patients could triple by 2050, experts say

  • Heavier Ex-NFL Players May Be Prone to Brain Decline
    But experts say the new study findings may not include all contributing factors

  • U.S. Wants to Buttress Alzheimer's Arsenal by 2025
    Left unchecked, the number of Alzheimer's patients could triple by 2050, experts say

  • Alzheimer's Med Seems Ineffective in Those With Down Syndrome
    Patients taking memantine had more serious adverse events than those given placebo

  • Dementia May Lead to Avoidable Hospitalizations
    Two-thirds of admissions in these patients are for preventable illnesses, study finds

  • Exercise May Help Those at Higher Risk for Alzheimer's: Study
    Sedentary people with gene variation had more brain changes

  • Changes in Cerebrospinal Fluid May Signal Early Alzheimer's
    Study found they preceded actual development of disease by 5 to 10 years

  • Insulin-Linked Hormone May Also Raise Alzheimer's Risk
    In surprise finding, women who had higher levels of adiponectin were more likely to develop dementia

  • Health Tip: Dealing With Alzheimer's
    Suggestions to help protect physical health

  • Know the Signs of Alzheimer's
    Early diagnosis benefits patients and their families, experts say

  • Vitamins, Omega-3s May Keep Brain From Shrinking: Study
    Healthy seniors with higher levels of certain nutrients did better on thinking tests, researchers say

  • Chorus Gives Voice to Those With Alzheimer's
    In New York City, people with dementia and their caregivers come together in song

  • Thinner Brains Could Signal Alzheimer's, Study Suggests
    But medical value of screening isn't obvious yet

  • 'Body Clock' Might Affect Women's Dementia Risk
    Timing of daily physical activity was also linked to odds for mental decline, study found

  • Risk for Dementia Rises When Diabetes, Depression Meet: Study
    The good news is that lifestyle changes may lower your risk for all three conditions, experts say

  • Non-Fried Fish Might Help Ward Off Alzheimer's: Study
    Older fish eaters have larger brain volume, less risk for the disease, study finds

  • Could Weight Loss Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's?
    If confirmed, findings eventually could help in diagnosing condition

  • Some People With Alzheimer's Take Conflicting Drugs
    Common medications might block action of dementia drugs like Aricept

  • New Alzheimer's Drug Shows Early Promise
    Small trial found it lowered levels of brain-clogging plaque, but unclear if that will slow disease

  • Gauging General Health as 'Poor' May Point to Dementia Risk
    Study suggests it might be a predictor, but one expert says more research is needed

  • Small Study Links Surgery and Anesthesia With Alzheimer's
    Post-op changes in cerebral spinal fluid may indicate progression of brain disease, experts say

  • Laughter Might Be Good Medicine for Alzheimer's Patients
    Humor therapy eased agitation as much as drugs, without the side effects, in Australian study

  • Abnormal Protein May Explain Loss of Smell With Alzheimer's
    The protein kills nerve cells in the nose, animal study finds

  • Super-Tight Blood Sugar Control May Not Ease Mental Decline in Diabetics
    But, standard therapy might help slow cognitive troubles, experts say

  • Study Suggests Link Between Sleep Deprivation, Alzheimer's Risk
    Body seems to use brain's downtime to clear away disease-related material, researchers say

  • End-Stage Alzheimer's Patients Often Hospitalized Unnecessarily
    About 20 percent face potentially avoidable, 'burdensome transitions' at end of life, study finds

  • Could Too Little Vitamin B-12 Shrink the Aging Brain?
    Deficiency may affect thinking skills, but not enough evidence to advise supplements, experts say

  • More Evidence Links Diabetes, Dementia
    Findings point up another reason to keep blood sugar levels in check, researchers say

  • Dementia Patients Seem to Benefit From Small Group Homes
    Environment better for feeling at home, doing familiar activities, study shows

  • Certain 'Senior Moments' May Signal Mental Decline
    Getting lost in familiar places, trouble following a group conversation are red flags, study finds

  • Many Alzheimer's Cases Go Unrecognized: Report
    Late diagnosis hinders even the limited treatments available, experts say

  • Insulin Spray May Improve Alzheimer's Symptoms
    Better recall, preserved functioning seen after four months' treatment, preliminary study finds

  • High Cholesterol Might Be Linked to Alzheimer's Disease
    Unclear whether it may cause the devastating illness or is a sign of it, researcher says

  • Routine Chores Might Help Keep Dementia at Bay
    Study found seniors who expended most energy on daily duties less likely to have mental declines

  • Short-Term Memory Loss May Be Best Predictor of Alzheimer's
    Symptoms of 'mild cognitive impairment' outperformed other screening tests, study found

  • For Many Americans, Caregiving a Long-Distance Burden
    Trying to help loved one from miles away often harder than being close by, experts say

  • Calcified Plaque in Arteries May Be Tied to Stroke, Dementia Risk
    Study finds biggest threat to carotid arteries, which are closest to the brain

  • Coach Summitt's Diagnosis Puts Spotlight on Early-Onset Alzheimer's
    An estimated 500,000 Americans, about 5 percent of those with Alzheimer's, have early-onset dementia

  • Sophisticated Scan May Spot Seeds of Alzheimer's Risk
    Finding could be important when treatments become available, experts say

  • Moderate Drinking May Help Prevent Alzheimer's, Other Dementia
    Lower risk of brain impairment seen in those who enjoy alcohol, but don't overdo it, review finds

  • Alzheimer's Harder to Detect in the Very Old
    Brain scans in those aged 60 to 75 with the disease were more definitive than brain scans of those 80 and older

  • Sleep Apnea Could Up Risk of Dementia In Elderly Women
    Odds of cognitive impairment 85 percent higher, study finds

  • Another Blood Test for Alzheimer's Shows Promise
    But experts say test has got a long way to go before commercial use

  • Smoking, Diabetes, Obesity May Shrink Your Brain
    Study adds to evidence that good living preserves mental abilities

  • Health Tip: When a Person With Alzheimer's Eats
    Suggestions to make it easier

  • Clogged Arteries Might Raise Risk of Dementia, Experts Warn
    Same factors that put heart at risk can also affect brain, according to heart and stroke associations

  • Study: Inherited Alzheimer's Detectable 20 Years Before Symptom Onset
    Early diagnosis critical to preserving patients' mental abilities and memories, researchers say

  • Experimental Drug Might Help Fight Alzheimer's After All
    Certain patients with mild to moderate symptoms may benefit from treatment, study finds

  • International Poll Shows Many Fear Alzheimer's as Much as Cancer
    Most would see a doctor, but many think brain disease is less deadly, more treatable than it is

  • More Evidence That Exercise May Keep The Brain Sharp
    Even if you start late in life, physical activity can help preserve mental ability, study finds

  • Lifestyle Changes Might Prevent Millions of Cases of Alzheimer's
    Study says that even a 25% drop in factors like obesity, smoking could cut 500,000 U.S. cases

  • Two Antidepressants Given to Dementia Patients Ineffective: Study
    Zoloft, Remeron upped risk of side effects and failed to improve mental health, researchers say

  • Falls Could Signal Early Alzheimer's Disease
    Seniors whose brain scans indicated preclinical disease twice as likely to fall, study finds

  • Women Bear Greatest Burden of Alzheimer's
    Survey finds they're more likely than men to have Alzheimer's or take care of someone with the disease

  • Ex-NFL Players May Face Higher Brain Damage Risk, Study Says
    But there's no proof of cause-and-effect, experts say, calling for more research

  • Alzheimer's Brain Protein Scanning Moves Forward
    New radioactive tracers for imaging could make technique more widely available

  • Health Tip: If a Person With Alzheimer's Is Confused
    Here are suggestions on how to respond

  • Clues to Alzheimer's May Reside in Spinal Fluid
    Researchers may be able to predict which people with fuzzy thinking will develop the brain disorder

  • Scientists Turn Memory On, Off in Rats With Flip of Switch
    Discovery might someday benefit patients with brain injuries, researchers say

  • Could a Diet Help Prevent Alzheimer's?
    Low-fat, low-glycemic eating plan improved 'biomarkers' of the disease, researchers say

  • Regular Exercise May Benefit the Brain as Well as the Body
    Long-term aerobic activity helps preserve white matter needed for key brain functions, study finds

  • Brain Scans to Spot Alzheimer's May Be Available This Year
    But detection remains questionable, expert says, while treatment is still elusive

  • Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Risk of Alzheimer's in Diabetics
    Though not conclusive, study found lower levels of gene activity connected to dementia after gastric bypass

  • Forgetfulness About Paperwork, Medicines Might Herald Cognitive Decline
    But one expert added that everyday forgetfulness isn't necessarily a sign that Alzheimer's is near

  • Alzheimer's Risk Gene May Damage Brain Decades Before Symptoms Show
    Scans indicate even young adults who have the gene have some white-matter deterioration

  • Research Shows Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease Sometimes Missed
    Of those with no memory problems, more than half are misdiagnosed

  • Older Caregivers at Greater Risk for Cognitive Decline
    Study finds those caring for spouse with dementia often struggle with attention span and memory

  • Mental Decline Common in Women Over 85: Study
    More than 40 percent will experience mild cognitive deficits or dementia, researchers say

  • Little Evidence That Diet, Lifestyle Cuts Alzheimer's Risk
    But until better data exists, experts still advise practicing good health habits

  • Can 'Doll Therapy' Help Put Dementia Patients at Ease?
    Medical center finds that simply holding baby dolls makes some elders happy

  • Extra Pounds at Midlife May Boost Dementia Risk Later
    Being merely overweight in middle age raised risk by 70% compared to normal-weight peers, experts find

  • Alzheimer's Caregivers Need Care, Too
    Expert suggests ways to keep mind and body healthy for the task

  • Being 'Housebound' Linked to Alzheimer's in Elderly
    But finding may be an effect, rather than a cause, of damaging brain changes, researchers say

  • Alzheimer's Cases Could Double With New Guidelines: Expert
    Although progression to dementia isn't inevitable, mild cognitive impairment now classified as Alzheimer's

  • Inability to Spot Lies, Sarcasm May Warn of Dementia
    Finding could help improve diagnosis, treatment, researchers say

  • Brain May Shrink in Decade Before Alzheimer's Symptoms Appear
    Although study participants had no memory problems at first, the disease had taken a foothold

  • Drug Memantine Ineffective for Mild Alzheimer's, Study Finds
    And evidence for its efficacy in moderate Alzheimer's 'meager,' researchers say

  • Long-Term Ecstasy Users at Risk for Brain Damage, Study Warns
    Scans showed 10% smaller volume in the hippocampus, area critical to learning and memory

  • MRI Scans May Help Predict Alzheimer's Risk
    For people with mild cognitive impairment, imaging might yield important clues, researchers say

  • Blood Marker Suggests Severity of Alzheimer's Disease
    But study found it did not serve as warning sign of impending illness

  • Scientists Spot 5 New Alzheimer's Genes
    Finding more than doubles number of genes believed to contribute to the memory-robbing disease

  • High Blood Pressure Linked to Drop in Walking Speed, Study Finds
    Major declines affect seniors' ability to remain independent, researchers say

  • Almost 15 Million Americans Now Caring for Loved One With Alzheimer's
    Patient numbers are expected to double by mid-century, report finds

  • Mental Decline May Start Years Before Alzheimer's
    People who don't register rapid losses not likely to develop the disease, study suggests

  • A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
    Study suggests benefits for light to moderate daily drinking

  • Irregular Heart Beat Plus Stroke May Increase Dementia Risk
    But study did not link atrial fibrillation to impaired thinking in patients without stroke

  • Scientists Use Stem Cells, Skin Cells to Create Brain Cells Lost to Alzheimer's
    Breakthrough should be boon to research, but therapeutic uses still decades away, experts say

  • Alzheimer's Risk Looks Higher if Mom Had the Disease
    Brain scans of dementia-free adults revealed more atrophy in those whose mothers had the disorder

  • Seeking Alzheimer's Answers Among Fruit Flies
    Research on insects is providing clues to genetic aspects of the disease

  • Autopsies Reveal Alzheimer's Often Misdiagnosed
    About half do not have sufficient numbers of brain lesions to confirm the disease, study finds

  • Speaking Several Languages Might Protect Memory
    Study found those who spoke four or more were less likely to suffer cognitive impairment

  • Study Suggests Hearing Loss-Dementia Link
    Greater the loss, greater the risk, say researchers, noting finding is preliminary

  • Elderly With Dementia, Delirium Confused by ER Visits: Study
    Often unlikely to understand why they're at hospital or follow discharge instructions

  • Alzheimer's Scan Might Help Spot Disease
    FDA panel's backing could pave way for important advance in the field, experts say

  • Adult ADHD Often Precedes Certain Type of Dementia: Study
    More than triples risk of developing degenerative brain disease, researchers say

  • Progress Reported in Predicting Alzheimer's
    Scientists say two methods hold promise for research, but no cure in sight

  • Early Steps Toward an Alzheimer's Blood Test
    Different immune system proteins exist in the blood of people with the disease, study finds

  • Tooth Loss May Be Linked to Memory Loss
    Gum infection may cause inflammation that affects the brain, researcher suggests

  • What's Good for Heart May Also Be Good for Brain
    High 'good' cholesterol seems to protect against Alzheimer's disease, study finds

  • U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Slightly
    Deaths from stroke, infant mortality decline, federal report finds

  • New Piece of Alzheimer's Puzzle Identified
    Changes in lining of blood vessels appear to contribute to disease, researchers say

  • Working With Pesticides May Affect Memory and More
    Study of agricultural workers reveals loss of thinking skills

  • Regular Walking May Slow Decline of Alzheimer's
    Researchers also find that walking 6 miles a week can help prevent onset of disease

  • Resistance Exercise May Offer Different Cardio Benefits
    Weight training increased blood flow to limbs more than aerobic exercise did, study finds

  • High Cholesterol in Middle Age May Not Raise Dementia Risk for Women
    Small Swedish study refutes conventional wisdom, but some experts skeptical

  • New Tool for Rapid Screening of Dementia Shows Promise
    But test scores appears to have a high rate of false positives

  • Anti-Delirium Drug May Harm Critically Ill Patients
    Exelon ineffective, raised risk of death in study

  • Study Casts Doubt on Hospice Admission Criteria for Patients With Dementia
    Desire for comfort care should guide the decision, say experts

  • Fish Oil Supplements May Not Slow Alzheimer's
    Study found no cognitive differences between those who took them and those who didn't

  • Brain Deficits Higher in Seniors Who Survive Blood Poisoning
    Severe sepsis raises odds of some brain impairment, researchers say

  • Heavy Smoking Linked to Alzheimer's in Study
    Risk soars for those puffing more than two packs a day, researchers say

  • Mouse Study Suggests Alzheimer's-Linked Protein Can Migrate Into Brain
    But this is long way away from saying the disease is 'infectious,' experts stress

  • Can Vitamin B12 Reduce Alzheimer's Risk?
    Finnish study hints at a link, but experts call the trial small and preliminary

  • Survey Reveals Alzheimer's Caregivers' Top Concerns
    Expert urges loved ones to discuss patient's disease progression during regular doctor visits

  • Brain Damage May Not Harm Short-Term Spatial Memory After All
    But injuries to hippocampus may well hurt long-term memory, experts say

  • First Patient Treated in U.S.-Approved Embryonic Stem Cell Trial
    Unnamed individual is receiving controversial cells to treat spinal cord injury

  • Computer-Aided MRI Might Help Predict Alzheimer's
    Swiss researchers say technique can work, but one U.S. expert is skeptical

  • Family, Friends Seem Best at Spotting Early Dementia
    Study finds quick survey of those closest to the person more accurate than doctor's screening

  • Mixed Report on Women's Health Research
    Fewer deaths from major killers like breast cancer, but little progress on debilitating diseases like dementia

  • Worldwide Dementia Price Tag $604 Billion: Report
    U.S. government urged to make Alzheimer's a priority

  • Adult Memory Lapses May Not Be Due to 'Old Age'
    Abnormalities in brain tissue always present with mild and moderate mental decline, study shows

  • Biomarkers May Aid in Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's
    Treatment options remain limited, researchers note

  • Men Seem More Susceptible to Memory Problems Than Women
    Among elderly, rate of mild impairment was 1.5 times higher in males, study finds

  • Mental 'Exercise' May Only Hide Signs of Alzheimer's
    Games, reading help mask trouble in brain, study suggests, making later progress of disease seem quicker

  • Dementia Patients, Caregivers May Benefit From Home-Based Program
    Professional evaluation, education over 4 months seems especially helpful for caregivers, study finds

  • Link Between Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease Strengthened
    Latest study correlates insulin troubles with dementia-linked brain plaques

  • Deep Brain Stimulation Studied for Alzheimer's
    Small study shows "no clear clinical benefit" but warrants further research, scientists say

  • 'Biomarkers' Could Spot Alzheimer's Disease Early, Studies Suggest
    Levels of 3 proteins might point to impending trouble and someday help with diagnosis, treatment

  • Could Lifestyle Changes Cut Dementia Rates?
    Eliminating depression and diabetes, consuming more fruit and vegetables could reduce new cases by 21 percent, researchers say

  • Heart Health Can Help Predict Brain Health: Study
    Poorer cardiac output correlates to lower brain volume, study finds

  • Higher Education Level May Help Brain Cope With Dementia
    Physical changes occur in all aging brains, but more schooling seems to delay symptoms, study found

  • Sleep Disorder May Help Predict Parkinson's Decades Earlier
    Study appears to confirm link between REM behavior disorder and certain neurodegenerative diseases

  • Delirious Hospital Patients a High-Risk Group, Study Finds
    Common complication may increase odds of dementia, institutionalization and death, researchers say

  • Dementia May Differ in Those With and Without Diabetes
    Vascular disease most likely cause of brain impairment in diabetics, research shows

  • Alzheimer's May Increase Seizure Risk
    Rate found to be highest in youngest patients and decreased with age, study found

  • Association Found Between Alzheimer's and Anemia
    Cause for link uncertain, more study needed, researchers say

  • Alzheimer's Caregivers' Outlook May Vary by Race, Ethnicity
    Whites, blacks and Hispanics report different reactions to death of loved one, study finds

  • New Criteria for Alzheimer's Diagnosis Proposed
    First guideline changes in 25 years would seek earlier identification of the disease

  • Emotions May Be Blunted in Alzheimer's Patients
    Subdued reactions may be mistaken for depression, researchers suggest

  • Gene Linked to Obesity May Also Raise Dementia Risk
    But finding is early and needs to be replicated in other research, experts say

  • Alzheimer's Research Spotlights Protein 'Tangles' in Brain
    Studies in animals suggest buildup of 'tau' can be repressed, but will it help curb the disease?

  • Exercise, Vitamin D Seem to Cut Alzheimer's Risk: Researchers
    Both appear to reduce cognitive decline, two long-term studies contend

  • Could Having a Bigger Head Help Slow Alzheimer's?
    Larger brains may have more cells in reserve when the disease strikes, research suggests

  • Vitamins D, E Might Help Maintain Brain Health
    3 studies show links between levels of the nutrients and odds for dementia, Parkinson's

  • New Alzheimer's Clues Identified
    Plasma protein seems linked to disease development and progression, study says

  • Experts Optimistic About Solving Puzzle of Alzheimer's
    Promising research could lead to early detection, better treatment

  • Predicting Alzheimer's Risk in Patients With Cognitive Problems
    Abnormal results on memory test, PET scan linked to 12-fold increase in risk, study shows

  • Brain Stimulation Seems to Boost Language Skills in Alzheimer's Patients
    But the research is early and needs to be replicated, experts say

  • Lifestyle Changes Are No Guarantee Against Alzheimer's
    Panel finds inconclusive evidence that diet, exercise, supplements prevent dementia

  • Scientists Spot More Genes Related to Alzheimer's
    Finding might one day lead to new targets, treatments, researcher says

  • New Potential Cause of Alzheimer's Disease Detected
    Mutant gene tied to brain cell survival is promising research target, scientists say

  • Brain Cells May Serve as Clot-Busters
    Mice study could have implications for stroke, Alzheimer's disease

  • Moderate Drinking May Protect Brain From Alzheimer's
    Non-smoking women seem to benefit the most, study finds

  • A Protein Links Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome
    Amyloid-beta accumulates in eyes of Down-affected patients, spurring cataracts, study finds

  • Belly Fat in Middle Age Raises Dementia Risk
    'Spare tire' had strongest association with senility, study found

  • Alzheimer's Costs Could Explode by Mid-Century
    Report anticipates U.S. bill of $20 trillion over next 40 years

  • Treating Common Irregular Heartbeat Might Also Ward Off Alzheimer's
    Atrial fibrillation affects 1 in 20 people over age 65, experts note

  • New Alzheimer's Risk Genes Identified
    Finding could lead to future treatments, researchers say

  • Fluctuating Blood Pressure Ups Stroke Risk
    People who also have high blood pressure are at even greater risk, study finds

  • If Your Spouse Gets Alzheimer's, You Might, Too
    Risk is 6 times higher than for other husbands, wives, study finds

  • Surgery for Treatable Dementia Might Also Help in Alzheimer's
    Patients may benefit from a shunt used for less common brain condition, research suggests

  • New Finding Could Mark Shift in Alzheimer's Research
    'Floating' clumps of protein, not plaques, may cause the disease, researchers say

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm Linked to Alzheimer's
    Cardiovascular disease appears to be a major risk factor for dementia, expert says

  • New Alzheimer's Gene Identified
    People with variant have almost double the risk of developing dementia, study finds

  • Treatment Eases Involuntary Laughing, Crying Tied to Alzheimer's, MS
    Calming the condition can greatly improve patients' quality of life, experts note

  • Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
    Eating salads, nuts, tomatoes and poultry lowered the odds, researchers say

  • Even As Memory Fades, Emotions Linger
    Finding underscores the need to treat Alzheimer's patients with dignity and respect, researchers say

  • Docs Issue Guidelines for Drivers With Dementia
    Memory test, input from family best gauge for who's no longer safe on the road

  • Simple Memory Test May Detect Early Alzheimer's
    A brief self-assessment that patients can take in the waiting room may lead to earlier diagnosis, better treatment

  • Women, Diabetics Fall Fast Into Medicare 'Doughnut Hole'
    Dementia patients are also at high risk for coverage gap, study finds

  • Brain Function May Drop Quickly Before Alzheimer's
    More attention should be paid to early memory loss, expert says

  • For Elderly, Giving Up Driving Can Be Tough
    It's a wrenching decision that doesn't necessarily depend on age, experts say

  • Could Lowering Blood Pressure Help Stop Dementia?
    Major U.S. trial will enroll thousands to examine links between hypertension, Alzheimer's

  • Driving With Early Alzheimer's May Be Ill-Advised
    Even a drive to the local store can end in getting lost, hurt, study finds

  • Alzheimer's 'Epidemic' Hitting Minorities Hardest
    Blacks, Hispanics at much higher risk for the illness, which carries huge price tag, report finds

  • Prion Disease in Mice May Help Advance Alzheimer's Research
    Study uncovers new form of infectious brain illness

  • Sea Squirt Helps Researchers Test New Alzheimer's Drug
    Using tadpoles may speed up process for experimental studies

  • A Purposeful Life May Stave Off Alzheimer's
    Feeling good about yourself can lower your risk more than twofold, study suggests

  • Scans Might Monitor Success of Alzheimer's Drugs
    Imaging technology offers new hope for treating neurodegenerative disease, expert says

  • Too Many With End-Stage Dementia Get Feeding Tubes
    Study found larger, for-profit hospitals more likely to insert them

  • Mediterranean Diet May Help Keep You Smarter
    Study finds less damage to brain tissue when the regimen is followed

  • High Blood Pressure May Predict Dementia in Some Seniors
    Link seen in those with trouble organizing thoughts, but not memory loss

  • Scientists Turn Mouse Skin Cells Into Nerve Cells
    Finding could revolutionize stem cell therapy, but much research remains to be done

  • More Proof Exercise Leads to Healthier Aging
    Good for the mind and body, series of studies finds

  • Compounds Identified That Might Treat Nerve Diseases
    Researchers aim to 'chaperone' proteins involved in diseases like Parkinson's

  • Frequent Mental Lapses May Precede Alzheimer's
    But experts stress that 'senior moments' don't guarantee that dementia is on the way

  • Loss of Smell Could Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's
    In mice, even small amount of amyloid plaques affected olfactory sense

  • Alzheimer's Drug Might Help Prevent Esophageal Cancer
    Experimental med looks promising, researchers say

  • Gene Variant Could Lower Alzheimer's Risk
    Carrying two 'good' copies slows age-linked mental decline by half, study found

  • Exercise May Stave Off Mental Decline
    Regular workouts protected cognitive function of older adults in two studies

  • Nutrient 'Cocktail' Appears to Improve Dementia Symptoms
    Combination of uridine, choline and DHA boosted memory of Alzheimer's patients in study

  • Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
    In mouse study, exposure to electromagnetic field prevented and even reversed brain impairment

  • Alzheimer's 'Cocktail' Shows Promise
    In lab tests, enzyme combo outperformed individual ingredients, researchers say

  • New Brain Scan May Help Spot Alzheimer's
    Diffusion tensor imaging sees how healthy brain is in cases of memory loss, study shows

  • Ginkgo Won't Slow Decline of Aging Brain
    Popular herb doesn't keep cognitive powers intact, researchers say

  • Alzheimer's May Stave Off Cancer, and Vice Versa
    Biological factors that lead to one seem to protect against the other, expert says

  • Generic Aricept Approved for Alzheimer's Dementia
    Tablets dissolve on the tongue

  • Fat Hormone May Protect Against Alzheimer's
    High levels of leptin associated with lower dementia risk, research finds

  • Potential New Target Found for Alzheimer's Disease
    In study on mice, researchers were able to limit effects on brain

  • Muscle Weakness Linked to Alzheimer's Risk in Seniors
    Reason for association unknown, but stroke is one possibility, researchers say

  • Early Use of NSAIDs Might Prevent Alzheimer's
    Study in mice finds anti-inflammatories don't help those with existing disease

  • High Blood Pressure Likely in Alzheimer's Offspring
    And hypertension could contribute to developing the brain disease, study finds

  • Does Diabetes Slow Alzheimer's?
    French study suggesting delayed progression gets guarded response from U.S. experts

  • Families Need to Know When Dementia Becomes Terminal
    Too often, onerous, futile medical interventions are ordered for these end-stage patients, researchers say

  • Drop in Certain Visual Skills May Precede Alzheimer's
    Decline in spatial understanding can occur 3 years before diagnosis, study finds

  • Hairstylists Often Privy to Older Clients' Health Issues
    Some see chance to steer them towards local elder services, report suggests

  • Uncertainty Surrounds Testing for Alzheimer's
    Early diagnosis is helpful, but no sure-fire test exists, experts say

  • Dementia Risk Higher for NFL Players
    Ex-players aged 30 to 49 are 19 times more likely to have memory problems, survey found

  • Preventing Second Stroke May Stave Off Dementia
    Not all agree, though, that biggest risk factor is the brain attack itself

  • Sleep Deprivation Might Lead to Alzheimer's
    Research in mice suggests that suspect plaques build up during waking hours

  • Older Brains May Not Be So Small After All
    Decrease in gray matter isn't a given, researchers find

  • Mishandling Money May Foreshadow Alzheimer's
    Trouble writing checks, paying bills preceded dementia, study found

  • Alzheimer's Soars, Global Focus Needed: Study
    By 2050, 115 million people may suffer from dementia

  • Trouble With Daily Activities Could Point to Alzheimer's Risk
    Unusual pattern seems to predict quicker dementia onset, study finds

  • Alzheimer's Gene Affects Brains of Young Adults
    Finding might help predict who's susceptible to the disease, study says

  • Even Mild Infections Hasten Decline With Alzheimer's
    They speed memory loss as much as 10-fold, researchers find

  • Cancer Drug May Fight Alzheimer's
    Short-term memories maintained in mice given HDAC inhibitors, study finds

  • Trio of Gene Variants Discovered That May Raise Alzheimer's Risk
    Study suggests they're implicated in clearance of amyloid plaque from brain

  • Health Tip: Keep Seniors Safe at Home
    Suggestions for people with dementia

  • As Waistlines Widen, Brains Shrink
    The obese and overweight have less neurological tissue, study finds

  • MRI Might Find Early Alzheimer's
    Detection could help slow down the disease, study says

  • Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
    Older adults who ate healthy and remained active were protected, study finds

  • Mental Activity Seems to Keep the Brain Vital
    Rapid memory loss may be delayed by stimulating activities, study finds

  • Special Eye Drops May Reverse Glaucoma Damage
    More testing still needed, but nerve growth factor proved effective in study

  • Midlife Heart Risk Factors Linked to Later Dementia
    High cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and smoking raise Alzheimer's risk

  • Protein Clumps May Appear Years Before Memory Problems
    Discovery could help in Alzheimer's prevention efforts, researcher says

  • Cellular Protein Yields Clues to Diabetes, Alzheimer's
    Animal tests suggest humanin could have therapeutic benefits

  • Biomarkers May Predict Alzheimer's
    Proteins in spinal fluid may help diagnose disease early, study shows

  • New Alzheimer's Treatment Could Be on the Horizon
    Potential of immune system treatment is 'exciting,' expert says

  • Key Protein Might Shield Brain Cells
    Discovery could spur new drugs for neurodegenerative diseases, researchers say

  • New Treatments for Alzheimer's on the Horizon
    Studies show Dimebon could improve cognition, vaccine might fight 'tangles' of disease

  • Signs of Alzheimer's Seen Earlier Than Thought
    Second study found that individuals who were informed about their risk weren't devastated

  • Healthy Diet, Exercise Keeps Mind Sharp As You Age
    New research finds eating healthy, moderate activity are protective

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid Falls Short in Alzheimer's Trials
    No significant benefits seen with DHA, either in terms of prevention or treatment

  • Doctors' Attitudes Play Part in Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis
    Positive attitude critical to spotting disease, study finds

  • Dementia Increasing Among the 'Oldest Old'
    Those over 90 have highest rate, new study finds

  • Gene May Help Predict Timing of Alzheimer's Onset
    Discovery of TOMM40 adds to understanding of disease development

  • Moderate Drinking Might Guard Against Alzheimer's
    But only among those who are not cognitively impaired, study finds

  • Severe COPD Linked to Mental Decline
    Doctors need to recognize challenges these patients face, researchers say

  • Greater Language Skills in 20s May Guard Against Alzheimer's
    Small study found women who wrote more articulate essays were protected from symptoms

  • More Evidence That Caffeine Can Jolt Memory
    High doses may protect against Alzheimer's symptoms, study in mice suggests

  • Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
    Losing a partner through divorce or death in middle age may triple the risk, study shows

  • Hormones May Affect Neurological Disease Risk
    Women are more vulnerable during certain stages of life, study finds

  • Statins Might Stave Off Alzheimer's
    In animal study, drug blocks cell death characteristic of the disease

  • Stay Upbeat, Active to Keep the Mind Young
    The brain may slow with aging, but good habits can help you cope, experts say

  • Clues to Alzheimer's Spotted Earlier in Disease
    Researchers found biomarkers in patients with only mild memory problems

  • Drug May Stem Slide Into Alzheimer's for Some
    Aricept did not help others with mild memory loss, study finds

  • Questionnaire May Help Spot Early Dementia
    Experts caution that do-it-yourself test still needs doctors' interpretation

  • Alzheimer's and Even Mild Dementia Hasten Death
    But researchers determine that race has no bearing on life expectancy in such cases

  • Some OTC Sleep, Cold Meds Could Harm Aging Brain
    Drugs containing benadryl linked to slowed thinking, delirium in elderly, report finds

  • Video May Help People Make End-of-Life Choices
    Seeing what life might one day be like can be powerful, study says

  • Plaques, Tangles in Brain Don't Always Lead to Alzheimer's
    Study raises questions about possible link

  • Why Chimps, Monkeys Don't Develop Alzheimer's
    Study shows the plaques in non-human primates differ from those in humans

  • Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
    Researcher notes it may be less a cause of cognitive decline than a sign of it

  • Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
    Atrial fibrillation raised risk for dementia, study shows

  • 15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
    In older volunteeers, the screening tool predicted start of dementia

  • Biomarkers May Help Measure Rate of Decline in Dementia
    Cerebrospinal fluid could be key in improving Alzheimer's research

  • Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
    Research indicates that dementia and age-related macular degeneration may have a common cause

  • Delirium Episodes Could Hasten Alzheimer's-Linked Decline
    Extreme confusion is often tied to surgery, anesthesia, experts note

  • Science Zeroes In on New Alzheimer's Drug Target
    Ridding mice of a key DNA-linked enzyme gave them back their memory, researchers say

  • U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
    Access to care improves, studies find, but treatment quality lags for elderly, vets

  • Early Alzheimer's Hinders Brain's Effort to Sort Information
    Finding may encourage docs to 'train' patients to recall important facts

  • Drink Away Dementia?
    Study shows one to two drinks daily may lower risk of cognitive decline in older adults

  • Painkillers May Not Protect Against Dementia
    Contrary to prior research, study finds older people taking NSAIDs more likely to suffer decline

  • Simple Steps to Maintaining Memory
    Tipsheet offers strategies to help older adults stay sharp

  • Newer Antipsychotics May Boost Weight in Alzheimer's Patients
    Drugs such as olanzapine, quetiapine may also lower 'good' cholesterol, researchers say

  • Severe Low Blood Sugar Ups Older Diabetics' Dementia Risk
    Study finds being hospitalized for hypoglycemia linked to mental decline

  • Brain Cells Give New Clues to Alzheimer's
    Protein plaques disperse a free radical that can damage neurons, scientists say

  • Protein-Folding Problem May Help Spur Alzheimer's
    Finding could lead to new target for disease therapy, researchers say

  • With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
    Experts urge greater investment in research to stem 'crippling' expenses

  • Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span
    Major study finds an effect, but critics say meat offers important nutrients

  • Alzheimer's Tied to Shrinkage in Brain Area
    Loss of cells in the hippocampus predicts who'll get the disease, study shows

  • Alzheimer's Drug May Someday Help Head Trauma Victims
    Finding may prevent long-term harm that often follows brain injury, researcher says

  • Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease May Speed Dementia
    Expert urges people to modify lifestyle after reports find a connection

  • Alzheimer's Plaques More Complex Than Thought
    They affect neurons and nervous system cells that support brain function, study finds

  • Why Music Triggers a Walk Down Memory Lane
    Discovery of brain area responsible for link could lead to Alzheimer's treatment, study says

  • Scientists Spot New Clue to Alzheimer's
    Normally harmless proteins may play key role in harming brain, researchers say

  • If Parents Had Alzheimer's, Aging May Come Early
    Presence of ApoE4 gene in offspring makes a difference, study finds

  • Secondhand Smoke Linked to Dementia
    Exposure may increase risk by 44%, researchers say

  • Mediterranean Diet Aids the Aging Brain: Study
    Eating plan seems to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment, dementia

  • Tests Gauge Alzheimer's Patients' Ability to Drive
    Doctors need a standardized method to make these tough decisions, experts say

  • Brain Protein May Have Potential Against Alzheimer's
    Study in animals finds memory improvements and less cell degeneration

  • Education Doesn't Slow Alzheimer's Decline
    Large, 14-year study finds no effect, contradicting previous research

  • Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
    Incidents were reported by half of family caretakers surveyed in British study

  • Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Protect Against Disabilities
    Study found healthy older adults were better able to carry out daily tasks

  • Decide for Me When I Can't, Most People Say
    Study finds support for surrogates enrolling loved ones in research studies

  • Simple Exercise Keeps Brain at Top of Its Game
    In older women, being more fit helps cognitive function, study shows

  • Positive Outlook Cuts Chances of Dementia
    New research suggests relaxed, outgoing people less likely to get Alzheimer's

  • Memory Loss Tied to Brain's White Matter
    MIT team says cognition suffers as nervous system network decays with aging

  • Gene Variant May Hike Women's Risk of Alzheimer's
    Men can carry the variation as well, study finds

  • Antipsychotics Up Death Risk in Alzheimer's Patients
    Long-term study says the drugs should only be used short-term, as last resort

  • 9 Genes Are Linked to Alzheimer's
    Finding also bolsters tie between vitamin D and the brain disease

  • Sleep Disorder Could Signal Neurological Disease
    Finding could help docs spot those at risk for dementia, Parkinson's, researchers say

  • 2 Cardiovascular Proteins Tied to Severity of Alzheimer's
    Their interaction cuts blood flow to brain, limiting its ability to shed plaques

  • Not All Dementia Is Called Alzheimer's
    Vascular cognitive impairment impedes ability to organize thoughts, but it is preventable

  • Alzheimer's Drugs Also Treat Behavioral, Psych Problems
    Therapy effective at same dosage used to improve cognitive impairment, study says

  • Scientists ID Enzyme Causing Brain Cell Death
    Findings could offer new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases

  • Dementia Often Missed as Cause of Death
    This could skew the truth about deadliness of Alzheimer's, report says

  • Study Recruiting From Alzheimer's-Prone Families
    The findings might boost understanding of the disease generally, researchers say

  • When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
    Study finds those tending Alzheimer's relatives at risk for hospital visits of their own

  • Growth Hormone Boost May Not Slow Alzheimer's
    A promising approach in mice disappoints in human trial

  • Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
    Taking the herb long-term didn't prevent or curb dementia, researchers say

  • Fewer Brain 'Tangles' May Mean Smarter Old Age
    Autopsies of quick-witted elderly hint at how they stayed that way

  • 'Cognitive Reserve' May Help Fight Alzheimer's
    Study sees less damage from brain plaques in those with more education

  • Health Tip: Caring for a Loved One During the Holidays
    Suggestions to help you and a person with Alzheimer's cope with extra stress

  • Vitamin Holds Promise for Alzheimer's Disease
    Treatment cured memory problems in mice, researchers found

  • Diabetes, Hypertension Hasten Death in Alzheimer's Patients
    They're more than twice as likely to die sooner, study finds

  • Asleep or Awake, Brain Functions the Same
    Finding may help evaluate infants, as well as psychiatric, movement disorders

  • Epilepsy Drug May Prevent, Treat Alzheimer's
    Valproic acid blocked formation of brain plaques in mice, Canadian study finds

  • Scientists Spot 4 New Alzheimer's Genes
    These DNA may influence age of disease onset and nerve cell death

  • Job, Education May Buffer Against Dementia
    Cognitive reserve compensates for brain damage, study says

  • ALS, Alzheimer's Insights Could Improve Treatment
    But each discovery awaits testing in humans, experts note

  • Tests May ID Older Patients at Risk for Post-Op Delirium
    Underlying depression and less cognitive flexibility could be warning signs, study says

  • Aerobics Can Reverse Mental Decline in Older Adults
    Review of studies shows workouts that leave a person breathless boost brain tissue volume

  • Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer's
    Reducing homocysteine levels doesn't slow cognitive decline, study finds

  • Circadian Rhythm Plays Role in Memory
    Hamsters deprived of body's sleep-wake system 'can't remember anything,' study says

  • Parkinson's Patients More Prone to Vitamin D Deficiency
    Study found their levels were lower than Alzheimer's patients, healthy controls

  • Excess Drinking Shrinks the Brain
    Too much alcohol has a greater effect on women, study found

  • Occasional Forgetfulness Tied to Loss of Brain Volume
    It's unclear whether this is linked to dementia, scientists say

  • Active Social Life May Reduce Men's Alzheimer's Risk
    Home, family, club activities appear to enhance creation of new brain cells, study finds

  • Scientists ID Compounds That Prevent Brain Nerve Damage
    Finding could help develop new drugs to treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's diseases

  • Simple Blood Test Could Spot Alzheimer's Risk
    Levels of amyloid beta peptide increase before, decrease after disease presents, study says

  • Compound Could Reduce Heart Attack Damage
    Acts against destructive free radicals, researchers say

  • Drug Given 24 Hours After Stroke Helps Repair Brain Tissue
    Bryostatin may also work in patients with Alzheimer's and traumatic injury, study says

  • Antipsychotic Drugs Boost Stroke Risk
    And patients with dementia face a more than 3-fold danger, study finds

  • Scientists Track Hourly Changes in Alzheimer's Protein
    Recovery from brain injury, not injury itself, associated with increased plaque

  • Computer-Based Method IDs Alzheimer's Protein Structures
    Findings hint of new treatments to prevent their formation, MIT study says

  • Cognitive Score Changes Over Time May Hint at Dementia
    Study authors stress new method is a complement to current testing

  • Can Physical Cues Signal Dementia?
    Research suggests that exercise can benefit the brain as well as the body

  • Physical Frailty Could Predict Alzheimer's Disease
    Waning of strength, agility tied to brain damage, even in the absence of dementia

  • PET Scans May Help Detect Alzheimer's Brain Plaques
    Injectable marker spots deposits, could be used to assess drugs in clinical trials

  • Fish May Ward Off Dementia and Stroke
    Those rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reduce risk by 26%, study finds

  • Advances Made Against Alzheimer's Disease
    Antihistamines, immune therapy among ideas that could lead to new treatments, experts say

  • Being Single in Midlife Could Raise Risk for Dementia Later
    But worrying about things could be protective, a second study suggests

  • Moms With Alzheimer's May Pass on Risk to Kids
    The genetic link isn't there for fathers, researchers say

  • Family History May Add to Alzheimer's Puzzle
    Genes play only a part of underlying risk for dementia, study suggests

  • 'Biomarkers' May Help Spot, Track Alzheimer's
    A number of molecules in blood and spinal fluid seem likely candidates, researchers say

  • Thyroid Hormone May Boost Women's Alzheimer's Risk
    Low and high thyrotropin levels associated with disease incidence, but not in men

  • 'De-Tangling' Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise
    Patients' cognition improved as medication rid brain of matted protein, researchers say

  • Most Fit Have Less Brain Atrophy From Alzheimer's
    Even moderate exercise, done regularly, improves quality of life

  • Alzheimer's Treatment Trials May Have Special Challenges
    Studies may need larger pools of participants to accurately assess if drugs are effective

  • MRI Captures Alzheimer's Lesions
    International meeting to hear that conventional imaging showed brain plaques in rabbits

  • Rates of Mild Cognitive Impairment Higher Than Expected
    More men, women may develop Alzheimer's than previously thought, researchers say

  • Blood Pressure Drugs May Protect Against Alzheimer's
    Patients taking ARBs 45% less likely to have delirium, be in nursing homes, die

  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Might Help Prevent Alzheimer's
    In one study, use of statin medications halved the risk

  • Alzheimer's Patients React Poorly to 'Elderspeak'
    Talking to them like children brings out more resistance, study found

  • Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries
    Standard criteria too restrictive, gap with higher-income nations smaller, group says

  • Pet Doors Opening at Assisted Living Centers
    The health benefits of an animal's companionship can be significant, experts say

  • Mouse Model to Aid Sinusitis Research
    Genetically engineered rodents will help in study of loss of smell, researcher says

  • Memory Problems Tied to Sound Processing Disorder
    Inability to filter out background noise may be indicator of mild impairment, study says

  • Alzheimer's Research Brings Progress, Setbacks
    Once-promising vaccine fails to ease symptoms, but old drug offers new hope

  • Exercise Might Slow Brain Shrinkage in Alzheimer's Patients
    Study found those who were more fit had larger brains

  • Health Tip: Giving Medications to People With Alzheimer's
    Offer clear instructions

  • More 90-Plus Women Than Men Prone to Dementia
    But far more women live to be that old, study authors note

  • Mental Test Spots Alzheimer's Risk
    Questionnaire for those close to patient pinpointed who was likely to progress to dementia

  • Research Links Low HDL Levels With Memory Loss
    But experts aren't ready to embrace the findings as fact

  • Alzheimer's Drug Shows Early Promise
    Slowed cognitive decline in patients without ApoE4 gene, trial shows

  • Staying Social May Keep Dementia at Bay
    Study in older women found friends, family helped minds stay sharp

  • Low Childhood IQ Tied to Dementia in Old Age
    Findings apply to vascular dementia, not Alzheimer's, researchers say

  • Gene Variant May Contribute to Alzheimer's Disease
    The finding could open the door to improved treatments

  • Brain Scans Detect Alzheimer's Disease Quickly
    New technique could speed the diagnosis, French researchers say

  • Alzheimer's Drug May Reduce Preemie Brain Injury
    Memantine could protect newborns with compromised blood, oxygen supply, study suggests

  • Alzheimer's Protein Tied to HIV Progression
    ApoE4 molecule appears to push a faster course of disease, researchers say

  • FDA Orders Warning Label on Older Antipsychotics
    Drugs increase risk of death among elderly patients with dementia, agency says

  • Sleep Apnea Linked to Memory Loss
    Study finds disorder shrinks brain cells much the way alcohol, Alzheimer's do

  • New Class of Drugs May Fight Alzheimer's
    Cousin of some NSAIDS, it could prevent buildup of plaque in the brain, study says

  • Adding Light Eases Behavioral Problems of Dementia
    Study found it fixed circadian rhythms, helped with depression, agitation in elderly

  • Health Tip: Diet for People With Alzheimer's
    Help them eat properly

  • Green Tea Antioxidant May Help Prevent Alzheimer's
    The science looks hopeful, but it's still too early to make a dietary recommendation, experts say

  • Study IDs Gene for Late-Onset Alzheimer's
    Finding could lead to more effective drugs to slow progression of disease

  • Ibuprofen No Better at Reducing Alzheimer's Risk
    Aspirin, naproxen as effective, but experts don't endorse use of the drugs to combat dementia

  • Antipsychotics Dangerous for Elderly With Dementia
    Study finds those on drugs more likely to wind up in hospital or die

  • Health Tip: Talk to Loved Ones About Your Alzheimer's
    Share information and feelings with family and friends

  • Celebrex, Naproxen Won't Prevent Mental Decline
    New findings suggest daily use of naproxen might even harm cognitive function

  • Health Tip: Coping With Alzheimer's
    Keep performing daily tasks

  • Flavonoids May Help Treat Alzheimer's
    Compounds found in fruits and vegetables reduced brain plaques in mouse experiments

  • Ibuprofen Linked to Reduced Alzheimer's Risk
    Other painkillers show some benefit, but more research needed, study says

  • Health Tip: Activities for People With Alzheimer's
    Suggestions to keep busy

  • Sleep Troubles Vary Between Alzheimer's Patients, Caregivers
    Their difficulties with slumber are not always connected, researchers say

  • Alzheimer's Disease Risk Factors May Be Gender-Specific
    French study finds depression, stroke key factors in progression toward dementia

  • Experimental Drug Eases Symptoms of Mild Alzheimer's
    Tarenflurbil lessened decline in functional ability, British study concludes

  • When It Comes to Memory, It's All About Location
    Proteasomes that control protein levels could key future treatments for Alzheimer's

  • Study Details New Molecular Approach to Preventing Alzheimer's
    The concept calls for targeting an enzyme within brain cells

  • Enzyme Beneficial to Alzheimer's Plays Darker Role in Other Dementia
    Finding could mean changing animal models used for future research

  • Filling in the Alzheimer's 'Race Gap'
    Black and Hispanics often labor under misconceptions about the disease, researchers discover

  • Health Tip: Talking to a Person With Alzheimer's Disease
    Suggestions to help improve communication

  • Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise
    Analysis of early study found cognitive function improved in patients

  • Men More Likely to Develop Cognitive Problems
    They face greater risk of losing memory and thinking skills, study finds

  • Smoking, Drinking, Cholesterol May Be Alzheimer's Risk Factors
    Behaviors in midlife can have an impact decades later, studies suggest

  • High Doses of Vitamin E Lengthen Lives of Alzheimer's Patients
    Study found those who took 2,000 IUs a day lived 26% longer

  • Exercise Could Cut Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment
    It may produce chemicals that protect the brain, study suggests

  • Most Early-Onset Dementia Not Alzheimer's
    Other neurodegenerative, autoimmune diseases are more often cause, study finds

  • When a Mind Begins to Disappear: A Young Family's Journey to the Dark Side
    'I thought Alzheimer's, I thought gray hair,' says Chicago father of 3 who has early-onset version of disease.

  • Caffeine May Block High Cholesterol Linked to Alzheimer's
    Its ability to stabilize blood-brain barrier may play role in neurological therapies

  • Diabetes in Middle Age Raises Alzheimer's Risk
    Researchers speculate that insulin problems could damage blood vessels in the brain

  • Depression and Alzheimer's Risk Linked
    But exact nature of the association isn't clear, study finds

  • One-Third of Dementia Cases Laid to Small Blood Vessel Damage
    Findings back control of hypertension, diabetes that may contribute to cumulative effects

  • Antipsychotic Drugs of Little Benefit to Alzheimer's Patients
    They offered some relief, but results were not statistically significant

  • With Alzheimer's, It Takes a Family
    Survey finds children and their children are often involved in caring for loved one

  • Abdominal Fat Boosts Dementia Risk
    Potbellies in midlife may flood brain with toxic substances, researcher says

  • Gene Linked to Form of Parkinson's Disease
    Finding could lead to better understanding of the incurable neurological disorder

  • Balance in Old Age Tied to Brain Changes
    Monitoring white matter levels may assist early identification of walking problems

  • 10 Million Baby Boomers Face Alzheimer's, Report Predicts
    Alzheimer's group says estimate would effectively strain health-care system

  • 1 in 5 U.S. Seniors Struggles With Memory Lapses
    Some progress to dementia, while others regain their skills, researchers find

  • Health Tip: Early-Stage Alzheimer's
    How to maintain some independence

  • Two Parents With Alzheimer's Raises Child's Risk
    Any additional family history boosts odds of getting the disease earlier, study finds

  • Memory Loss in Hyperactive State With Alzheimer's
    Study suggests brains of patients get stuck in memory-deletion mode

  • Groups Issue New Dementia Drug Guidelines
    Review finds little difference in effectiveness of 5 drugs currently available

  • Antibiotic Use in Dementia Patients Questioned
    Benefits are unclear, and resistance to drugs is a worry, study says

  • Cognitive Impairment Declining in Older Adults
    Education, wealth play big part in downward trend, study suggests

  • Learning Disabilities May Presage Later Language Problems
    Findings suggest some individuals or families may have underlying speech deficits

  • Alzheimer's Plaques Can Form in One Day
    Study also notes that related neuronal damage follows soon after

  • New Guideline Urges Screening for Fall Risk
    Those with poor balance, dementia, vision loss most in peril, group says

  • Alzheimer's Research Target May Be a Dead End
    Amyloid inhibitors can't prevent brain plaque build-up, study suggests

  • Driving Skills Decline Among People With Early Alzheimer's
    Those with mild dementia had more crashes, almost 4 times more likely to fail road tests

  • Older Surgical Patients Face Greater Risk of Cognitive Problems
    They're also more apt to die within a year, but education had protective effect, study found

  • Gene That Creates Cerebral Cortex Discovered
    Could led to treatments for neurological damage from injuries, disease

  • Latest Study Says Statins Don't Slow Alzheimer's
    Final answer may depend on outcomes of ongoing clinical trials, expert says

  • Dementia Diagnosis Typically Means Death Within Five Years
    British study does show age, sex, existing disability can alter timetable

  • Fish Oil May Help Prevent Alzheimer's
    Omega-3 fatty acid boosts protein that destroys brain plaques, study finds

  • Temporary Amnesia, Confusion Raise Stroke, Dementia Risk
    Dutch study suggests these lapses need to be taken more seriously

  • Regular Walking Protects the Aging Brain
    Even moderate exercise helps ward off dementia, study shows

  • A Little Help Can Boost Holiday Joy for Elderly
    Loved ones can assist them to overcome issues of frailty or mental health, experts say

  • Love in the World of Alzheimer's
    New relationships for those with little memory leave spouses, children facing their own altered reality, experts say

  • Hypertension Linked to Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment
    Study suggests it may cause the effect through cerebrovascular disease

  • Aging Brains Get Out of Sync
    'Senior moments' typical in later years, study suggests

  • Observational Studies Often Overshadow Clinical Research
    First findings seem to stick, even when controlled trials later contradict them

  • High Blood Pressure Could Exacerbate Alzheimer's
    Slowed blood flow to the brain may be to blame, MRI study shows

  • Progesterone Won't Shield Women Against Alzheimer's
    Mouse study shows no benefit for the female hormone

  • Blood Pressure, Heartbeat Problems Aggravate Alzheimer's
    Treating vascular conditions might lessen memory loss, study suggests

  • Stem Cells Restore Memory in Mice
    Experiments point to ways to treat injury, stroke and even Alzheimer's, experts say

  • Blood Pressure Drug Might Work Against Alzheimer's
    It prevents formation of beta-amyloid clumps in mice, study says

  • Dementia in More Educated Hits Later But Harder
    More schooling delayed disease onset, but decline was more rapid afterward, study finds

  • Tooth Troubles Could Raise Dementia Risk
    Fewer teeth in old age linked to mental woes, study finds

  • Blood Test Might Spot Alzheimer's Early
    18 proteins ID at-risk patients years before clinical diagnosis, scientists say

  • Health Tip: Symptoms of Depression in Alzheimer's Patients
    May include feeling worthless, not eating

  • Parkinson's Linked to Risk of Alzheimer's
    Relatives of Parkinson's patients more likely to develop dementia, study finds

  • Alzheimer's Drug Won't Ease Patients' Agitation
    But Aricept may help stave off cognitive decline, researchers say

  • Conscientious People Less Prone to Alzheimer's
    Living up to your responsibilities may protect brain, study suggests

  • Brain Activity Might Point to Early Alzheimer's
    In future, quick diagnoses should mean better treatment, experts say

  • Clues to Cell Death Could Fight Disease
    Insights might produce treatments to kill off cancer cells, experts say

  • Stem Cells From Testes Produce Wide Range of Tissue Types
    Work with mice might lead to treatments for diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer's

  • Obesity Won't Affect Seniors' Memory
    It is tied to increased Alzheimer's risk, however, researchers say

  • Mediterranean Diet May Boost Alzheimer's Survival
    Patients eating most greens, grains, olive oil lived 4 years longer, study found

  • Antidepressant as Good as Antipsychotics for Dementia
    Study finds fewer side effects for Alzheimer's patients prone to hallucinations, delusions

  • Counseling Boosts Alzheimer's Caregivers' Health
    Spouse study finds it brings the patient real benefit, too

  • Alzheimer's Patients May Suffer 'Silent' Seizures
    Mice with similar ailment experienced these subtle attacks, scientists say

  • Smokers More Likely to Develop Dementia
    Tobacco users had a 50% higher risk for Alzheimer's, Dutch study finds

  • Health Tip: When Alzheimer's Patients Wander
    Suggestions to help keep them safe

  • Removing Ovaries Before Menopause Leads to Memory, Movement Troubles
    Hormone-replacement therapy seems to lessen likelihood of problems, study finds

  • Gene Tied to Post-Op Delirium in Elderly
    APOE e4 variant has also been linked to Alzheimer's, researchers note

  • Vaccine Stops Alzheimer's Brain 'Tangles'
    In mouse study, it prevented buildup of dangerous tau protein

  • Early Weight Loss in Women Linked to Dementia
    Study finds a connection, but researchers aren't sure why

  • Study Puts 1 Alzheimer's Theory in Doubt
    Results in mice suggest a key gene might not be to blame, researchers say

  • Alzheimer's Protein Implicated in Glaucoma
    Amyloid-beta appears to destroy retinal cells and may be new treatment target, experts say

  • Dementia Gene Mutation Identified
    It limited production of protein affecting language and behavior, researchers find

  • First Skin Patch Sanctioned for Alzheimer's
    Reduces risk of gastrointestinal side effects

  • Experts Offer Advice to Caregivers of Elderly
    Geriatrics Society tip sheet can help family members avoid burnout

  • Dulled Sense of Smell Might Predict Alzheimer's
    As ability to recognize scent fell, so did thinking ability, study found

  • Estrogen May Be Brain-Booster
    Monkey study suggests it keeps mental decline at bay

  • Sharpening Your Wits Could Outwit Alzheimer's
    Elderly who enjoy games, reading are much less likely to get the disease, study suggests

  • Study to Assess Hormone Therapy Before Menopause
    Research will focus on estrogen's impact on women's cognition

  • Study Identifies Drug Target for Parkinson's
    Finding could have implications for other diseases, like Alzheimer's, researchers say

  • Stress Linked to Memory Decline
    Worry, anxiety or depression may lead to mild cognitive impairment, study says

  • New Tests, Treatments Close in on Alzheimer's
    Earlier diagnosis and targeted therapies are coming, researchers say

  • Home Visits by Researchers Would Boost Alzheimer's Trials
    Less travel helps caregivers allow patient participation, study finds

  • Heart Disease a Risk Factor for Alzheimer's
    Patients treated for vascular trouble had better cognition, study found

  • New Techniques Could Spot Alzheimer's Early
    That could help both patients and researchers, experts say

  • Alzheimer's Drug Trials Offer Promising Results
    2 drugs appear to slow underlying disease, vaccine shows potential, researchers say

  • 100 Million Worldwide May Have Alzheimer's by 2050
    40% of patients will require high-level care, researchers add

  • U.S. Experts Publish Brain Health 'Road Map'
    It calls for more research into Alzheimer's, other threats

  • Better Education Spurs Alzheimer's Patients to Try Risky Treatments
    The more they know about their disease, the more open they are to possible side effects, study shows

  • U.S. Study Pits an Omega-3 Against Alzheimer's
    18-month trial will test docosahexaenoic acid's ability to slow disease

  • New Imaging Techniques Hold Promise for Variety of Diseases
    Advances could lead to better treatments for illnesses such as heart disease, Alzheimer's, ovarian cancer, studies say

  • Cancer Drugs Appear to Boost Long-Term Memory
    Mouse study hints at treatments for Alzheimer's, other brain diseases, in humans

  • Study Probes Role of Stroke, Head Trauma in Alzheimer's
    How brain plaque is triggered in cells could point to new dementia treatments

  • New Medication Slows Rare Kidney Disease
    Eprodisate blocks buildup of protein in the organs, study suggests

  • Antipsychotic Drugs Raise Death Rates in Elderly
    Medications often used to treat dementia-linked behavioral problems

  • Blood Marker Could Point to Alzheimer's Risk
    High levels of inflammatory protein doubled odds for the disease, study found

  • Light Drinking May Keep Dementia at Bay
    Less than a drink a day slows cognitive decline, study suggests

  • EEG Works at Spotting Early Alzheimer's
    Brain activity monitoring achieved up to 85% accuracy, study found

  • Scans Spot Early Alzheimer's in Memory-Deficient Patients
    Brain imaging agent highlights build-up of plaque that's a signature of the disease

  • Certain ACE Inhibitors Cut Elderly Dementia Risk
    Drugs able to cross blood-brain barrier cut mental decline by 50%, study found

  • Strategy Could Put Brakes on Alzheimer's
    In mice, lowering levels of a brain protein kept memory alert

  • Hormone Therapy May Protect Against Alzheimer's
    But it only helped women younger than 65, preliminary study found

  • Secondhand Smoke Boosts Risk for Alzheimer's
    Dementia 30% more common in those with long exposures, researchers say

  • High Calcium, Vitamin D Intake May Harm Aging Brain
    Rising levels were associated with larger brain lesions, study found

  • Scientists Restore Lost Memory in Alzheimer's-Like Mice
    They used new drugs, highly stimulating environments

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    Zocor allowed animals to better navigate mazes, study found

  • Low-Dose Aspirin Won't Help Aging Brain
    Major 10-year study of older women shows no differences

  • Food Prep May Be as Important as Ingredients Themselves
    Frying, grilling can boost hazardous inflammatory toxins, scientists say

  • Brain Structure Changes Before Memory Loss: Study
    Scans reveal makeup altered about 4 years before diagnosis of cognitive impairment

  • Brain Protein Makes for Lasting Memories
    'CREB' is crucial to total recall, scientists say

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Thwart Alzheimer's Disease
    It's found in fish, eggs, certain meats, among other sources, study says

  • Dementia Care Costs Worldwide Reach $315 Billion
    Aging populations will drive the number higher, underscoring need for more research into the disease

  • Smell Test Device May Sniff Out Health Problems
    Olfactory check could spot injury, early Alzheimer's, researchers speculate

  • Fish Oils Delay Cognitive Decline, Studies Find
    Omega-3 fatty acids also protected against loss of verbal fluency

  • Diabetes May Lead to Precursor of Alzheimer's
    Consequences could be huge, given the epidemic of the blood-sugar disease

  • Genetic Mutation Boosts Memory
    Study with mice could lead to new drugs to treat diseases like Alzheimer's, researchers say

  • More Than 5 Million Americans Now Have Alzheimer's
    Finding confirms predictions that the disease could reach epidemic proportions as population ages

  • Health Tip: Take Care of the Caregiver
    Suggestions to reduce stress

  • Many Blacks, Hispanics Misinformed About Alzheimer's
    Stigma surrounding the disease can delay diagnosis, a survey finds

  • Imaging Compound IDs Telltale Signs of Alzheimer's
    Finding could lead to better diagnosis, treatments, experts say

  • Loneliness Could Boost Alzheimer's Risk
    The exact link remains unclear, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Postpone Alzheimer's?
    Activities that may delay its onset

  • Neurological Disorders Strike Millions
    New government report gives latest estimates, which show increases in Alzheimer's, MS cases

  • Acupressure May Help Dementia Patients
    Small trial suggests it eases illness-linked agitation

  • Active Minds May Keep Alzheimer's at Bay
    Mouse study shows first biological evidence for the theory

  • Skin Patch May Boost Alzheimer Vaccine Safety
    Dangerous reaction soured scientists on injectable version, but patch offers new hope

  • Folic Acid Boosts Cognition in Older Adults
    Study finding is latest word in debate over the nutrient's merits

  • Study Questions 'Off-Label' Use of Antipsychotics
    They're being increasingly prescribed for psychiatric disorders such as depression, dementia

  • New Gene Linked to Alzheimer's
    It could contribute to late-onset disease, the most common form of the condition

  • Gene Posing Risk for Alzheimer's Doesn't Affect Mental Aging
    Carriers and non-carriers of APOE4 tested normally between ages 20 and 64, study finds

  • Higher Folate Levels May Lower Alzheimer's Risk: Study
    Association, while modest, is linked to lower levels of amino acid homocysteine in blood

  • New Source of Stem Cells Discovered
    Amniotic fluid cells don't come with ethical concerns that surround embryonic cells, researchers say

  • Uric Acid Blood Check a Marker for Dementia
    Simple test spots cognitive decline, researchers say

  • Rising Number of Uninsured Tops Health News for 2006
    Worries about food safety, antidepressants and stents also made headlines

  • Longevity Gene Also Keeps the Mind Sharp
    It acts on HDL cholesterol in the blood, study finds

  • Stem Cell Loss in Aging Brain May Bring Poorer Memory
    Rat study also suggests new treatments for Alzheimer's, experts say

  • Lithium-Like Drugs May Impair Neuronal Function
    High doses in Alzheimer's patients may even kill nerve cells, researchers find

  • Testosterone Supplements Slow Alzheimer's in Mice
    Next step is trials testing the treatment in aging men, researchers say

  • Imaging Compound May Catch Early Alzheimer's
    New scanning technique may help researchers find novel treatments

  • Brain-Training Keeps Age-Linked Mental Decline at Bay
    'Cognitive intervention' helps healthy seniors stay sharp, study suggests

  • Protein 'Fingerprint' Could Spot Alzheimer's in Living Patients
    Right now, a true diagnosis comes only after death, researchers note

  • Blood Pressure Drug May Offset Alzheimer's Complication
    Anti-hypertensive appears to protect against cognitive decline, researcher says

  • Cats Can Get Alzheimer's: Study
    Watching the disease's progress in felines could help humans, experts say

  • Counseling Helps Dementia Caregivers and Patients Alike
    Studies found quality-of-life improvements when assistance was given

  • Brain's Oxygen Supply Key to Alzheimer's Risk
    Poor blood flow increases plaque buildup, mouse study finds

  • Certain Fatty Acid May Cut Dementia Risk
    DHA seems to offer protective effect in the brain, researchers report

  • Newly Released Data Stirs Naproxen Debate
    Study finds Aleve boosts heart risks, but expert says data is unreliable

  • Occupational Therapy Helps Those With Dementia
    Improvement was seen in both patients and their caregivers, study says

  • New Test Could Spot Dementia Earlier
    7-minute test detects milder signs, developers say

  • Compound in Red Wine Boosts Health of Obese Mice
    But whether resveratrol will offer similar benefits to people remains to be seen

  • Curry Ingredient May Help Fight Alzheimer's
    Curcumin spurs immune cells to 'eat up' brain plaques, early study shows

  • Vegetables May Boost Brain Power in Older Adults
    Study found leafy, green veggies, but not fruits, slowed cognitive decline

  • Scientists Spot Brain's Self-Defense 'Switch'
    A protein activates natural antioxidant toxin-fighters

  • Marijuana-Like Compound May Slow Alzheimer's
    And the club drug Ecstasy is giving scientists clues to Parkinson's disease

  • Aricept Use Expanded to Severe Alzheimer's Dementia
    Approved 10 years ago for mild-to-moderate disease

  • Enzyme Could Play Role in Treating Alzheimer's
    Preliminary research suggests the protein could lead to drug therapies

  • Antipsychotics No Better Than Placebo for Alzheimer's Patients
    National study using three types of newer drugs found similar efficacy, quit rates

  • Alzheimer's Caregivers Often Get Poor Sleep
    Study finds this can greatly impact older people's health

  • Pot's Active Ingredient Could Fight Alzheimer's
    Marijuana's 'THC' molecule looks promising in the lab, researchers report

  • 'Mediterranean' Diet May Cut Alzheimer's Risk
    Omega-3 fatty acid supplements might also help, another study shows

  • Abnormal Protein Linked to 2 Neurological Diseases
    Finding offers hope for treatment of Lou Gehrig's disease and frontotemporal dementia

  • Red Wine May Help Prevent Alzheimer's
    Cabernet Sauvignon appears to inhibit proteins that cause plaque buildup in brain

  • New Technique Might Help Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease
    Computer-aided MRI detects water distribution in the brain

  • Restricted Diet May Help Prevent Alzheimer's
    Low-calorie intake influenced a variety of age-related diseases in monkey study

  • Alzheimer's Study Raises Warning Flag
    Target of drug development also critical to protection of neurons

  • Alzheimer's Symptoms May Arise From Mutant Genes
    It's a possible new dimension to the disease, researchers say

  • Early Memory Lapses Could Warn of Alzheimer's
    But detecting, treating sooner might also help slow the disease, experts say

  • Alzheimer's Drug Eases Brain Injury-Linked Memory Loss
    Rivastigmine most effective in more serious cases, researchers say

  • Enzyme May Help Fight Alzheimer's
    It targeted protein 'tangles' in research with mice, fruit flies

  • Juice Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer's
    Decade-long study finds 76 percent lower incidence for regular drinkers

  • Research on Mice Hints at Alzheimer's Treatment
    Approach aims to rid brain cells of dangerous proteins

  • Coping Strategies Help Caregivers Deal With Death
    'Complicated grief' can be difficult to handle, researchers say

  • High-Fat, Copper-Rich Diet Boosts Risk of Cognitive Decline in Elderly
    Older adults face an acceleration equivalent to 19 more years of age, researchers say

  • Skin Test Could Detect Alzheimer's Disease Early
    Researchers working on a simple analysis that could be done in a doctor's office or outpatient clinic

  • Exercise Smartens Up the Aging Brain
    Review of the data finds activity keeps mental decline at bay

  • Alzheimer's Drug May Shield Brain From Bioterror Agents
    Galantamine could be first line of defense against sarin and other chemicals, researchers say

  • Estrogen Levels May Influence Men's Alzheimer's Risk
    They carry small amounts of the hormone throughout their lives, experts note

  • Alzheimer's Patch Could Replace Pills
    Delivering Exelon via the skin easier on patients, caregivers, study finds

  • Health Tip: How to Reduce Wandering in Alzheimer's Patients
    Understand what causes it, and try to reduce their need to wander

  • Weight Loss May Yield Alzheimer's Clues
    Gradual declines in body mass may be linked to changes in appetite, experts say

  • Researchers Map Out Early Steps to Alzheimer's
    After memory loss, decision and attention next affected, they say

  • Drug Slows Pre-Alzheimer's Brain Shrinkage
    But Aricept's effects were minor, and the disease will progress, researchers say

  • Alzheimer's 'Risk Score' Spots Those Most Vulnerable
    Other studies look at dementia's links to stroke, cholesterol

  • Global Bill for Alzheimer's Nears Quarter-Trillion Dollars
    Costs could overwhelm nations' health-care systems, experts say

  • Spinal Fluid Protein Could Predict Alzheimer's
    Spotting the disease in midlife might be key to slowing or preventing it, experts say

  • Research Points to Alzheimer's Blood Test
    When effective drugs arrive, early detection will be key, experts say

  • New Clues to Neurological Diseases Discovered
    Findings could lead to new treatments, two studies suggest

  • B-Vitamins Won't Prevent Alzheimer's
    Finding a disappointment after research had suggested they might help

  • Proteins Could Help Re-Grow Damaged Nerve Cells
    Discovery could be important to those with spinal cord injury, Alzheimer's

  • Memory Lapses May Herald Early Alzheimer's
    But many seniors may function just fine despite brain changes, experts say

  • Could a Low-Carb Diet Slow Alzheimer's?
    In mouse study, fewer carbs meant fewer brain-robbing plaques

  • Gene-Based Vaccines May Fight Alzheimer's
    They slowed brain plaque build-up in mice, but success in humans will be real test, experts say

  • Chinese Moss Extract Tested as Alzheimer's Drug
    U.S. study follows on good results from China

  • er's Disease
    The easy-to-read brochures are designed for people with limited reading skills

  • Caregiver Factors Linked to Patient's Dementia Symptoms
    Patients cared for by younger, depressed caregivers at more risk, study found

  • Seniors Who Don't Drive More Likely to Require Care
    Being tethered to the home may put elderly at risk, study suggests

  • People Shun Help for Illnesses They View as 'Untreatable'
    Study finds they're less likely to get tested for cancer, AIDS

  • 'Free Radical' Molecules May Help Drive Brain Illnesses
    The finding could boost Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease research, experts say

  • First Signs of Dementia May Be Physical
    Problems with balance, strength might portend Alzheimer's, study suggests

  • Brain Shows Signs of Alzheimer's Onset
    Changes in autopsied tissue give researchers clues to early disease

  • Collaborative Care Best for Alzheimer's
    Improvements noted in patients and their caregivers, study says

  • The Brain: Waste Not, Want Not
    Mentally challenging tasks can keep you sharp as you age, experts say

  • Full Social Lives May Protect Against Alzheimer's
    Socially active elderly suffered less neurological damage, study found

  • Blood Clots From Heart Associated With Dementia
    British study finds a high incidence of cerebral emboli in such cases

  • Patients More Open to Treatment Side Effects as Disease Progresses
    Study finds end-of-life outlook on disability, pain changes over time

  • U.S. Death Rates Drop Dramatically
    And life expectancy is going up, new government figures show

  • Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Alzheimer's
    Study finds the eating plan reduced risk by 40 percent

  • Age-Related Vision Trouble May Be Tied to Memory Problems
    Study finds an association, but no definite proof

  • Blood Pressure Drugs Help Older Minds Stay Young
    Ongoing treatment kept dementia at bay, researchers say

  • Too Much Weight Ups Alzheimer's Risk
    It can triple the threat of the brain disease, study suggests

  • Ovary Removal May Boost Long-Term Dementia Risk
    Experts say women must weigh pros and cons for this surgery

  • Doctors Should Heed Patients' Memory Complaints
    They may sometimes -- but not always -- be a harbinger of Alzheimer's, study finds

  • Health Tip: If a Family Member Has Alzheimer's
    How a loved one can remain happy and active

  • Impaired Thinking Boosts Elderly Falling Risk
    Cognition may be key to safe walking, study shows

  • Alzheimer's May Be Diabetes-Like Illness
    Rats without insulin in brain developed symptoms, researchers report

  • Drug Appears Effective for Severe Alzheimer's Cases
    Aricept seems to reverse some of the advanced deterioration

  • Enzyme Slows Alzheimer's Disease
    Natural chemical blocks build-up of 'plaques and tangles' in brain

  • Denial, Stigma Delaying Alzheimer's Diagnoses
    Late diagnosis impedes access to drugs that could help slow the disease, researchers warn

  • Alzheimer's Drug Helps Brain Tumor Patients
    Aricept improved thinking, mood after radiation therapy, researchers say

  • Memory-Loss Protein Sheds Light on Alzheimer's
    Mouse discovery might someday lead to early detection, prevention, researchers say

  • Blood-Pressure Drugs May Lower Alzheimer's Risk
    Diuretics might have the largest effect, researchers report

  • Depression May Help Spur Mental Decline
    One out of five depressed seniors showed evidence of impairment, study found

  • Drug Shows Promise Against Alzheimer's
    Experimental compound stopped two disease-linked processes in mice

  • Alzheimer's Researchers Search for Volunteers
    The North American study is aimed at finding important, early markers

  • Exercise, Learning Help Shield Against Alzheimer's
    New report lists factors that boost health of the aging brain

  • Alzheimer's Progresses More Quickly in the Highly Educated
    But those with more schooling seem able to delay early symptoms, study suggests

  • Health Tip: There's No Cure for Alzheimer's
    But drugs may help alleviate symptoms

  • Brain Scans May Predict Alzheimer's Risk
    If successful, the imaging tests might warn of disease in still-healthy people

  • Genes Play Major Role in Alzheimer's Risk: Study
    Two other papers examine link to depression, and produce conflicting results

  • Spinal Fluid Molecules May Predict Alzheimer's Disease
    But some doctors wonder if test will work in ordinary medical practice

  • Black Currants May Help Thwart Alzheimer's
    They contain compounds that protected cells in lab study

  • Researchers Find Another Origin for Alzheimer's
    Illness may originate with dividing brain cells, they say

  • Scientists Close in on Alzheimer's Genes
    A locus on chromosome 10 appears to be a hot spot, researchers say

  • Regular Exercise May Delay Alzheimer's
    And the most out-of-shape seniors may have the most to gain, researchers say

  • Prompting Neurons to Protect Themselves
    Researchers found way to induce cells to release natural antioxidants

  • Drug Slows Alzheimer's Progression
    It shows benefits for up to one year, new study finds

  • Reduced Brain Volume May Predict Dementia
    The finding could lead to therapies to prevent or delay problems, study says

  • Breakdown of Myelin May Lead to Alzheimer's
    If true, finding could translate into new treatments, study suggests

  • 'Quilt to Remember' Honors Those Struggling With Alzheimer's
    Collective memorial will tour U.S. cities, Alzheimer's Foundation says

  • Low Brain Estrogen May Boost Women's Alzheimer's Risk
    It could help explain why women are slightly more prone to the disease, researchers say

  • Human Epigenome Project Could Help Cure Disease
    Scientists push for a new effort to understand mechanisms that direct DNA

  • Huge Increase in Alzheimer's, Dementia Predicted
    Incidence will double in the U.S. and triple in developing countries by 2040, experts say

  • Testosterone May Improve Life for Men With Early Alzheimer's
    pen cognitive skills in small study

  • Alzheimer's Could Be Diabetes-like Illness, Study Suggests
    Brain insulin levels fall as the disease progresses

  • Alzheimer's Caregiving: A Painful and Long Road
    For one woman, the disease engulfed both parents

  • Brain Scan May Spot Alzheimer's Progression
    In the future, new technologies could identify who's at risk, researchers say

  • Survey Looks at Ethics of Alzheimer's Trials
    Most said they would allow the participation of an ill loved one

  • Experts Offer Free Memory Screenings Nov. 15
    It's all part of National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

  • Gas-Blockers Slow Alzheimer's in Mice
    Inhibiting an enzyme boosted the rodents' survival, researchers report

  • Protein 'Pump' May Aid in Alzheimer's Prevention
    In study with mice, it removed dangerous plaques from the brain

  • Alzheimer's Drugs Raise Death Risk
    But the increase is small and may not outweigh benefits, experts say

  • Eyes Might Hint at Alzheimer's
    Two noninvasive tests detect telltale protein in the lens, researchers say

  • High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet Could Curb Alzheimer's
    The study was only conducted in mice, however

  • Obesity During Midlife Ups Dementia Risk
    Study found those with BMI higher than 30 also more likely to have heart attack, diabetes

  • Unexplained Weight Loss May Herald Alzheimer's
    Early findings suggest brain's weight centers might be affected before memory

  • Green Tea Compound Stops Alzheimer's in Mice
    Trials in humans could be warranted, researchers say

  • A Dementia That Can Kill Quickly
    People with frontotemporal dementia have shorter life spans than Alzheimer's patients, study finds

  • Scientists Discover How Fish Oil Protects the Brain
    The fatty acid DHA and its natural derivative fight Alzheimer's-related damage, study says

  • Poor Brain Blood Flow Raises Dementia Risk
    Blood pressure and heart disease may play key roles, study shows

  • Alzheimer's Hits Brain's 'Daydream' Centers
    Regions key to musing, reflection are prone to the disease, study shows

  • Tweaking Gene Might Treat Alzheimer's
    In the lab, the strategy boosted levels of a toxin-removing protein

  • Folate May Reduce Alzheimer's Risk
    However, another recent study came to the opposite conclusion

  • Nasal Vaccine Might Slow Alzheimer's
    Mouse study showed 73 percent reduction in damaging amyloid plaques

  • Higher Insulin Levels May Contribute to Alzheimer's
    Study found elevated levels increased inflammation

  • Alzheimer's Warning Signs Start Early
    Review finds cognitive changes similar to but more marked than 'normal' aging

  • Alzheimer's Patients' Vision Going Uncorrected
    Old or missing glasses further isolate nursing home residents, study finds

  • Scientists Rethink Alzheimer's-Plaque Connection
    The real culprit may be clogged blood vessels, studies suggest

  • 3 Molecules Could Fight Alzheimer's
    They protect a brain protein from disease-linked tangling, scientists say

  • Scientists Shed New Light on Alzheimer's
    Plaques in blood vessels may play key role, too

  • Can Mental Function be Restored in Alzheimer's Disease?
    Mouse experiment raises hope of healing brain cells

  • Study Questions Statins' Value Against Alzheimer's
    This conflicts with other research that found the drugs were effective

  • Routine Dementia Screening Doesn't Make Sense
    rt test inaccuracies, lack of treatments outweigh benefits

  • Bone Marrow Cells Transformed Into Muscle Cells
    Could lead to treatments for diseases like muscular dystrophy, researchers say

  • Little Distress From Alzheimer's Gene Test
    In study, even gene carriers said they'd recommend screening to others

  • Healthy Lifestyles May Help Prevent Alzheimer's
    Friendships, juice and exercise can keep brains strong, studies suggest

  • New Technologies Spot Alzheimer's Beginnings
    Even without a cure, early detection is important, experts say

  • Novel Therapies Fight Alzheimer's on Multiple Fronts
    Insulin, immune system and even calisthenics offer hope, experts say

  • Worldwide Alzheimer's Care Carries Staggering Costs
    28 million suffer at a direct-care cost of $156 billion annually

  • Culture Colors Views on Alzheimer's Disease
    Minorities have different perspectives on the illness, studies find

  • Twins Study Suggests Possible Alzheimer's Risk Factors
    They include childhood health and whether you've had a stroke

  • MRI Can Identify Alzheimer's, Other Dementia
    Specialized technology may take the guesswork out of diagnosis

  • Immune System Offers New Alzheimer's Target
    A specific dysfunction may encourage the disease, study finds

  • Cancer Survivors Face Higher Dementia Risk
    Were twice as likely as cancer-free twins to have cognitive dysfunction, study found

  • Could High Cholesterol Ward Off Dementia?
    Study finds elevated lipid levels in old age may offer benefits

  • Patients with Mild Alzheimer's Capable of Treatment Decisions
    Awareness of their condition is key to competency, study finds

  • Statin Drug May Help Slow Alzheimer's
    Lipitor shows promise in small study

  • Study: Alzheimer's Hits U.S. Latinos Earlier
    om onset in Hispanics, whites

  • Alzheimer's Vaccine Research Back On Track
    Memory test improvements suggest the therapy may have a future

  • Mid-Life Obesity Linked to Old-Age Dementia
    Study links higher weight to higher risk of cognitive decline later

  • Exercise May Slow Alzheimer's
    It also appears to increase ability to learn, mouse study finds

  • Gene Therapy Eyed as Alzheimer's Treatment
    Initial results of small study show slowed mental decline

  • New Weapon Against Alzheimer's Found
    Antibody therapy appears to clear built-up plaque from affected brains

  • Health Tip: Multi-infarct Dementia
    Learn its warning signs

  • Brain Injections Lower Alzheimer's Plaques in Mice
    The technique avoids inflammation seen in earlier trials

  • Shaking Disorder Linked to Higher Dementia Risk
    'Essential tremor' may share common cause with mental decline

  • Two Agents Fail to Fight Off Alzheimer's
    Little or no benefit seen from Aricept or Vitamin E in much-awaited trial

  • Spirituality May Slow Alzheimer's
    Preliminary study shows belief linked to slower progression of cognitive decline

  • Hair Today, Stem Cells Tomorrow
    Mouse whisker study shows follicle stem cells grow into brain cells

  • How Alzheimer's Patients, Families Cope
    The disease tests even the strongest relationships, experts say

  • Fish Oil May Keep Alzheimer's Disease at Bay
    In mouse studies, diets high in omega-3 fatty acid reduced harmful brain protein

  • Brain's Own Stem Cells Might Fight Alzheimer's
    Novel strategy would avoid the use of transplanted cells

  • Busy Minds May Slow Alzheimer's
    Fewer signs of disease seen in brains of mentally active mice

  • Lack of Insulin Linked to Alzheimer's
    Discovery might lead to new treatments, researchers say

  • Gene Mutation May Help Cause Alzheimer's
    It's only the second gene with proven links to late-onset disease

  • Nerve Cell 'Traffic Jam' May Trigger Alzheimer's
    Neural clogs appear much earlier in disease than thought

  • Marijuana-like Ingredient Could Slow Alzheimer's
    Cannabinoids could reduce inflammation associated with disease

  • Nursing Home Drug May Speed Alzheimer's
    Doctors urged to choose another antipsychotic medication

  • Nicotine Won't Slow Alzheimer's
    Mouse study counters previous research suggesting it might help

  • Alzheimer's Troubling Behaviors Hard to Treat
    Available medications inadequate for disturbing symptoms

  • 'Bio-Barcode' Alzheimer's Test Only a 1st Step
    Experts impressed with researchers' efforts but say larger, more comprehensive studies needed

  • Blacks More Prone to Alzheimer's Disease
    Increased risk of vascular disease may be to blame, research suggests

  • Seeds of Dementia Sown in Midlife
    y says

  • 'Alzheimer's Gene' Affects Even Healthy Seniors
    Causes problems with prospective memory, researchers discover

  • Antibody Helps Reverse Alzheimer's Nerve Damage
    Mouse study shows brain cells can recuperate after plaques are removed

  • Moderate Drinking May Ward Off Dementia
    One glass a day benefited older women, study finds

  • Poor Visual Memory May Signal Alzheimer's
    Second study shows gene therapy may provide new treatment for neurological disease

  • Weight Loss Signals Impending Alzheimer's
    It may point to dementia years before diagnosis, study finds

  • Viable Alzheimer's Treatments on the Horizon
    The next decade should yield significant breakthroughs, experts say

  • Health Tip: Dispelling Alzheimer's Myths
    It's not a normal part of aging

  • Exercise Keeps the Old Mind Healthy
    Wards off mental decline in senior citizens, study finds

  • Science Makes Strides Toward Alzheimer's Cure
    Significant breakthroughs may come in next decade, experts say

  • Show Sensitivity to Older Relatives at Holiday Gatherings
    Tips to make those with impaired memories or behavioral problems comfortable

  • Aleve Tied to Heart Problems
    U.S. suspends trial using painkiller to prevent Alzheimer's

  • Heart-Healthy Behaviors Can Avert Mixed Dementia
    Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol could slow decline

  • Dementia of Parkinson's Similar to Alzheimer's
    Both show equal decline in cognitive function each year

  • Novelist Showed Signs of Alzheimer's in Final Book
    Study reveals slippage in Iris Murdoch before her diagnosis

  • Obesity Bad for Brain, Study Finds

  • New Hope for Alzheimer's Patients
    Advances in treatment may slow dementia's progression

  • Lipitor May Aid Memory in Alzheimer's
    Small study needs confirmation, experts say

  • Alzheimer's Drug Helps MS Patients
    Memory improves for some patients, study finds

  • Novel Approach Targets Alzheimer's Development
    'Chaperone' protein blocks clumping of beta-amyloid

  • Study to Test Imaging Method for Alzheimer's
    NIH to see which brain scans best help patients in trials

  • Common Heart Drugs May Slow Alzheimer's
    Experts caution larger trial needed on ACE inhibitors

  • Alzheimer's Drugs May Fight Rare Leukemia
    Seek out enzyme that's key to both diseases

  • Helping Alzheimer's Patients Eat More
    Brightly colored tableware led to increased eating, drinking in advanced cases

  • Gene Therapy Studied for Alzheimer's
    Delivers nerve growth factor to damaged neurons

  • Scientists Find Storehouse for Memory
    The discovery may provide new targets for treating cognitive disorders

  • When Are People Too Mentally Ill to Vote?
    Study suggests a standardized test could answer the question

  • Some People With Mild Alzheimer's Can Drive
    Under certain circumstances it's OK, new research suggests

  • Lifestyle Changes Could Cut Alzheimer's Cases
    Expert warns of doubling of incidence if brain not maintained

  • Gene May Boost Dementia Risk in Drinkers
    Problem for those with mutation tied to Alzheimer's

  • Fatty Acid in Fish May Arrest Alzheimer's
    Mice deficient in DHA show significant memory loss

  • Study to Test Gingko for Early Dementia
    Researchers will focus on memory loss linked to Alzheimer's

  • Draining Brain Toxins May Slow Alzheimer's
    Cognitive test scores remained stable in treated patients

  • Institutionalizing a Loved One Hard on Caregivers
    Depression lingers after new place found for dementia patients

  • Career Choice Might Predict Chances of Alzheimer's
    People who developed disease tended to have less mentally challenging jobs

  • Therapy Could Treat Early Alzheimer's
    Antibodies kill off plaques and tangles in brains of mice

  • Stem Cell Research Goes on Despite Curbs
    Alzheimer's unlikely to be a big beneficiary

  • For Alzheimer's Patients, a Daily Struggle With No Relief in Sight
    Despite incremental gains, no breakthroughs on the horizon

  • Drug Calms Dementia of Alzheimer's Disease
    Schizophrenia medication soothes highly agitated patients

  • Blacks, Hispanics Develop Alzheimer's Earlier
    Studies: Symptoms appear several years sooner than in whites

  • Drugs Aim to Attack Root of Alzheimer's
    Scientists try to move beyond just treating symptoms

  • Alzheimer's Costs Could Overwhelm Medicare, Medicaid
    16 million Americans will have the disease by 2050, experts predict

  • Drug Delays Alzheimer's in Some
    Problems develop later in those taking Aricept

  • Lifestyle Can Cut Risk of Alzheimer's
    Staying trim, eating well and social networking help

  • Not All Brain Connections Are the Same
    Study finds some areas degenerate faster than others

  • New Drug for Alzheimer's Disease to Be Tested
    International study at 40 sites needs volunteers

  • Stem Cells Repair Heart Attack Damage
    Advances prompt call to scientists to plead their own case