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Lonely Today, Alzheimer's Tomorrow?


Lonely individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's diseaseAlzheimer's disease as those who are not lonely, according to a new study.
Source: www.webmd.com/content/article/131/118152.htm?ecd=wnl_emw_032107

Drug Effective for Alzheimer's Disease


At least 15 million people in the world suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=8005841

Alzheimer's Cases Expected To Rise At A More Rapid Rate 16 Million Americans May Be Afflicted By 2050


A new study suggests the number of cases of Alzheimer's disease may increase at a higher rate than expected, affecting as many as 16 million Americans by the year 2050.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC255/333/20774/368308.html?d=dmtICNNews

DHEA Supplement Shows No Effect On Alzheimer's Disease


The supplement dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, which has been touted by some as an anti-aging hormone and a treatment for diseases such as cancer, AIDS, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, showed no effect for Alzheimer's disease patients who took the supplement for six months, according to a study published in the April 8 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Source: American Academy of Neurology,
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Old Antidepressant Eyed for Treating Alzheimer's


Study finds lithium works in the lab and in mice.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=513304

MR Technique Shows Brains Of Alzheimer's Patients Similar To Immature Brains In Children


A new MR imaging technique used to study white matter in the brain has found something intriguing--the brains of Alzheimer's patients show some of the same signs as the immature brains of children.
Source: American Roentgen Ray Society, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC270/333/20774/364328.html?d=dmtICNNews

New Hope for Late-Stage Alzheimer's Sufferers


The only drug to date being tested on people with severe Alzheimer's has shown great potential in recent back-to-back studies. Not only can the drug slow functional decline, it can improve other disease symptoms as well. Do you fear getting Alzheimer's? - boards.webmd.com/message.asp?message_id=3838097
Source: my.webmd.com/content/article/63/71888.htm

NSAIDs May Ward Off Alzheimer's Disease


Study finds aspirin works almost as well as other anti-inflammatories.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=512441

The Good and Bad of Experimental Alzheimer's Vaccine


Autopsy shows it wiped out hallmark of disease, but may have caused brain swelling.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=512228

Failure To Seek Medical Advice For Early Symptoms Of Alzheimer's Disease Results In Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment Which Is Often Regretted Later


A Harris Interactive survey of 500 family caregivers of Alzheimer's disease patients found that there is often a long delay between the time when the first signs of symptoms of Alzheimer's disease occur and when the patients, or family members, seek medical advice. For most caregivers, the appearance of symptoms is not enough for them to believe that something is definitely wrong with the person for whom they provide care.
Source: Harris Interactive, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/8014/346016.html

Scientists Test Common Medicines And Mental Exercise As Preventives For Alzheimer's


Maybe it would be going a bit far to suggest that reading this news article will keep you from getting Alzheimer's disease.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/357498.html

Memory Training May Help Some Alzheimer's Patients In The Early Stages Of The Disease


Simple, systematic memory training can help some people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease (AD). This finding points to a possible psychological intervention early in the course of this devastating brain disease. It also lends some urgency to early diagnosis, when patients who still have the ability to learn can use it to sharpen their memories and reduce disability.
Source: The American Psychological Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/356872.html

Vitamin-Rich Foods May Reduce Alzheimer's Risk


Eating nuts, leafy green vegetables and other foods rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, two studies suggest.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/325/8015/351728.html

Alzheimer's, Other Diseases, May Benefit From First Live Studies Of Key Cell Structures


A new study describes for the first time a method of culturing important but poorly understood cell structures called Hirano bodies. The report by cellular biologists at the University of Georgia could shed light on numerous diseases in which Hirano bodies may play some role-- including Alzheimer's disease, Lou Gehrig's Disease and cancer.
Source: National Science Foundation, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349410.html

Proteins Blamed For Alzheimer's


New research suggests illnesses as diverse as Alzheimer's, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and adult-onset diabetes are caused by proteins that fold themselves into defective shapes, rather than proteins that have undergone harmful chemical changes.
Sources: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/8014/348139.html

Alzheimer’s Disease With Psychotic Behaviors Aggregates In Families


Various studies have found that 40 to 60 percent of Alzheimer’s disease patients suffer from psychotic symptoms including hallucinations and delusions. A new study reported in Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology, took those findings a step further and found that the development of psychosis among Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients may be determined, at least in part, by genetic factors.
Source: American Academy of Neurology, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/347676.html

Experiment In Mice May Lead To Early Test For Alzheimer'


Measuring the levels of a plaque-forming protein in the blood may identify Alzheimer's disease changes in the brain before other symptoms appear, according to researchers who tested the technique on mice.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/8014/347519.html

Illness In Alzheimer's Vaccine Study


Twelve Alzheimer's patients injected with an experimental vaccine are suffering serious brain inflammation.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/8896/346267.html

The Zinc Link to Alzheimer's


The formation of brain deposits linked to Alzheimer's disease may depend in part on zinc released by nerve cells, according to research from the University of Ulsan in Seoul, South Korea. The findings suggest that interrupting the interaction between zinc and the proteins that form the brain deposits may be helpful for treating Alzheimer's disease.
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Scans can warn of Alzheimers


Simple brain scans could be used to detect the early stages of Alzheimer‚s disease long before a patient shows any clinical symptoms, according to the results of research in the US. Scientists have discovered that magnetic resonance imaging scans can reveal changes in the brain caused by the neurological condition long before the onset of memory loss and other physical indicators of the disease. The findings, published in the journal Neurology, promise to provide doctors with a new means of diagnosing Alzheimer's at a much earlier stage than is possible now, which would greatly improve the prospects for preventative treatment.
Source: The London Times]

Statin Drugs May Lower Risk Of Alzheimer's


Taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to research presented during the American Academy of Neurology's 54th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo., April 13-20, 2002.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/8059/8011/348739.html

Alzheimer’s Disease With Psychotic Behaviors Aggregates In Families


Various studies have found that 40 to 60 percent of Alzheimer’s disease patients suffer from psychotic symptoms including hallucinations and delusions. A new study reported in Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology, took those findings a step further and found that the development of psychosis among Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients may be determined, at least in part, by genetic factors.
Source: American Academy of Neurology, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/8014/347676.html

Advocates Praise Medicare Changes


Advocates for Alzheimer's patients are praising a change in Medicare regulations as a step toward improving their care.

Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/22030/8896/348025.html

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