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Dementia tops cancer, heart disease in cost

Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:10:41 GMT

Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer's is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study that looked at this in unprecedented detail.

Hormone therapy might help prevent Alzheimer's

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:21:14 GMT

Women who carry a well-known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease showed signs of more rapid aging in their cells than women who didn't have it, a new study finds. But hormone therapy may slow the damage.

Testing brain pacemakers to zap Alzheimer's damage

Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:23:00 GMT

(image) It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone's brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer's disease.

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Alzheimer gene discovery points to possible cause

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 22:35:39 GMT

Scientists have identified a new gene variant that seems to strongly raise the risk for Alzheimer's disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the mind-robbing disorder.

Dementia 'night camp' gives caregivers a rest

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 18:38:11 GMT

A "night camp" for dementia victims who don't sleep at night or tend to wake up agitated is meant to provide their caregivers — usually a son or daughter — with a treasured night's sleep.

More evidence Ginkgo doesn't help Alzheimer's

Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:28:02 GMT

A Chinese herb called Ginkgo biloba billed by some as a potential over-the-counter wonder drug that boosts mental dexterity and sharpens the memory has been found to do nothing to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Retired NFL players face higher Alzheimer's risk

Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:15:57 GMT

Retired pro football players seem to have higher-than-average risks of dying from Alzheimer's or Lou Gehrig's disease, U.S. government researchers reported Wednesday.

Alzheimer's drug fails study but shows promise

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:47:52 GMT

A possible Alzheimer's disease treatment from drugmaker Eli Lilly missed the main goals of two late-stage studies, but the treatment showed some potential for slowing memory decline in patients with mild cases of the mind-robbing condition.

Results expected in key Alzheimer's treatments

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:15:04 GMT

(image) We're about to find out if there will be a way anytime soon to slow the course of Alzheimer's disease. Results are due within a month or so from key studies of two drugs that aim to clear the sticky plaque gumming up patients' brains.

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Diabetes drug may someday repair Alzheimer's damage

Fri, 6 Jul 2012 16:42:35 GMT

The diabetes drug metformin may spur the growth of new brain cells, which could have benefits for Alzheimer's patients, a new Canadian study on mice suggests.

Test teen football players for Alzheimer's gene?

Wed, 16 May 2012 18:05:29 GMT

Should high school kids get a genetic test for the risk for Alzheimer’s disease before they’re allowed to play football? Two prominent scientists who study both Alzheimer’s and  the traumatic brain injury suffered by some football players raise that ethically charged question in an editorial out Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

First Alzheimer's prevention study launched

Tue, 15 May 2012 14:22:11 GMT

(image) The U.S. government launched an ambitious push to develop new treatments for Alzheimer's on Tuesday with a first prevention study of high-risk patients and tests on an insulin nasal spray that has shown promise in earlier studies.

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Device may spark memories in Alzheimer's patients

Tue, 8 May 2012 22:09:48 GMT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A small safety trial suggests a pacemaker-like device implanted into the brains of Alzheimer's patients may stimulate beneficial brain activity in some.

NYT: When illness makes a spouse a stranger

Sun, 6 May 2012 18:33:11 GMT

(image) Michael French, 71,  has frontotemporal dementia, a little-known, poorly understood and frequently misdiagnosed group of brain diseases that eat away at personality and language. His wife, Ruth, has had to cope with losing her spouse while he's still alive.

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Seniors' activity wards off Alzheimer's, study findsEven people in their 80s may be able to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s simply by increasing how much they move around each day, a new study suggests.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:48:43 GMT

(image) Even people in their 80s may be able to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s simply by increasing how much they move around each day, a new study suggests.

Even people in their 80s may be able to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s simply by increasing how much they move around each day, a new study suggests.

Dementia cases worldwide to triple by 2050

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:25:59 GMT

Cases of dementia — and the heavy social and financial burdens associated with them — are set to soar in the coming decades as life expectancy and medical care improve in poorer countries, the World Health Organization says.

Dementia's youngest victims defy stereotypes

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 23:24:30 GMT

(image) Doreen Watson-Beard cared for more people with dementia than she could count. The nurse was so moved by her patients that she led Alzheimer's support groups. She knew the warning signs and understood there was no cure.

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NYT: Prison dementia makes caregivers of killers

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:40:09 GMT

(image) Dementia is a fast-growing phenomenon in prisons that many are not prepared to handle. The California Men’s Colony is using convicted killers to care for inmates who can no longer care for themselves.

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U.S. drafts plan to fight feared Alzheimer's disease

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:52:16 GMT

The Obama administration declared Alzheimer's "one of the most-feared health conditions" on Wednesday as it issued a draft of the nation's first strategy to fight the devastating disease that is on the rise as the population ages.

Obama increases Alzheimer's research funding

Tue, 7 Feb 2012 17:22:36 GMT

The Obama administration announced Tuesday it is increasing spending on Alzheimer's research — planning to surpass half a billion dollars next year — as part of a quest to find effective treatments for the brain-destroying disease by 2025.

U.S. seeks effective Alzheimer's treatment by 2025

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:24:58 GMT

The government is setting what it calls an ambitious goal for Alzheimer's disease: Development of effective ways to treat and prevent the mind-destroying illness by 2025.

Alzheimer's may be transmissible, study says

Tue, 4 Oct 2011 23:27:53 GMT

In some cases, Alzheimer's disease may in fact be the result of an infection, and may be even be transmissible, a new study in mice suggests.

'Til death': Unless you have Alzheimer's?

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:39:55 GMT

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson has caused a firestorm after he told his “700 Club” viewers that divorcing a spouse who battles Alzheimer’s is justifiable because the disease is “a kind of death.”

Pat Robertson: It's OK to divorce Alzheimer's patients

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 09:16:34 GMT

(image) Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson told his "700 Club" viewers that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's is justifiable because the disease is "a kind of death."

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Insulin nasal spray may slow Alzheimer's

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:01:28 GMT

A new study released Monday shows that insulin applied daily through a special nasal spray might be a treatment that slows or stops the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Early Alzheimer's disclosures to become more common

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:26:41 GMT

The revelation that Pat Summitt, the women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, not only has Alzheimer’s disease, but plans to continue her career, might seem astounding at first.  But  doctors expect such disclosures to become ever more common, writes NBC's Robert Bazell.

Two antidepressants ineffective for dementia

Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:28:11 GMT

Two antidepressants that are commonly given to Alzheimer's disease patients appear not only to be ineffective but may give side effects such as nausea and drowsiness, a study in Britain has found.

U.S. autopsy guidelines revised for Alzheimer's

Sun, 17 Jul 2011 22:22:15 GMT

For many years, an autopsy done by a pathologist was considered the best way to confirm the presence of Alzheimer's disease.

Scientist: Treat Alzheimer's 20 years before symptoms

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:06:07 GMT

Curing Alzheimer’s disease may be impossible and the best hope to control the disease may require beginning treatments as much as 20 years before the onset of symptoms, NBC's chief science correspondent  Robert Bazell writes.

Healthy diet may help stave off Alzheimer's

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:38:16 GMT

A healthy diet isn't just good for your body, it's good for your brain and may help ward off Alzheimer's disease.

Gingrich: Alzheimer's research would save money

Mon, 16 May 2011 19:13:29 GMT

(image) Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Monday said Alzheimer's disease is on pace to cost the government some $20 trillion over the next four decades and said boosting federal research money would be a wise investment.

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Middle age bulge increases risk of later dementia

Mon, 2 May 2011 21:34:45 GMT

Carrying around extra pounds during middle age was associated with a higher risk of dementia later in life in a new study that followed twins in Sweden for 30 years.