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AHA: What's the Blood Pressure Connection to Alzheimer's Disease?

Posted 11 days ago by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Look after your heart to be kind to the mind. That's the primary message emerging from research into Alzheimer's, a disease of the brain that appears to be deeply driven by what happens to the heart and blood vessels. The link between high blood pressure and Alzheimer's disease has been a particular focus of recent studies. "High blood ...

Could Diabetes Drugs Help Curb Alzheimer's?

Posted 11 days ago by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – Alzheimer's patients taking diabetes drugs may have fewer signs of dementia in their brains than similar patients not taking the drugs, new research finds. Specifically, the post-mortem study found that people who'd taken diabetes meds had fewer abnormalities in tiny blood vessels in their brains, and less abnormal gene activity. "The results of this study are important ...

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Has Dementia

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 – Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor – the first woman on the high court – has dementia, "probably Alzheimer's disease," she announced Tuesday. Doctors diagnosed her with the beginning stages of dementia "some time ago," O'Connor, 88, said in a letter addressed to "friends and fellow Americans." O'Connor wrote: "As this condition has progressed, I am ...

Could Herpes Virus Help Cause Alzheimer's?

Posted 19 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – There's growing evidence that the herpes virus responsible for cold sores also may cause Alzheimer's disease, a new research paper contends. It's been long known that herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) can been found in the brains of elderly people with Alzheimer's disease, and research has shown that herpes increases Alzheimer's risk in people genetically predisposed to ...

Map of Mouse Hippocampus Could Be Weapon Against Alzheimer's

Posted 17 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – A precision map of a part of the brain of the lowly mouse could be a potent new research tool against Alzheimer's, researchers say. The highly detailed look at the mouse hippocampus should provide new insight into a range of brain diseases in humans, according to the research team from the University of Southern California. That's because the mouse brain is organized ...

Health Tip: 10 Signs of Alzheimer's

Posted 12 Oct 2018 by

-- Nearly 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, the Alzheimer's Association says. The association lists 10 warnings signs of Alzheimer's: Memory lapses that affect everyday life. Challenges in planning and solving routine problems. Difficulty completing familiar tasks. Confusion over time or place. Trouble understanding spatial or visual ...

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

Posted 3 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 – Many older breast cancer patients might worry that they will be struck by "chemo brain" after their treatments, but a new study suggests that only those who carry a gene linked to Alzheimer's face that risk. Researchers found that breast cancer survivors carrying the APOE4 gene who underwent chemotherapy were more likely to experience long-term impairment in brain ...

Many Americans Curious, But Wary, About Gene Testing

Posted 2 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – Only a small percentage of Americans have had their DNA analyzed – but many are tempted to try it, according to new research. For the study, University of Michigan researchers surveyed nearly 1,000 adults aged 50 to 64. While curious about their ancestry or health risks, the majority said they fear they'll worry excessively if they learn they have genetic links to ...

Diabetes, Dementia Can Be Deadly Combination

Posted 2 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – The risk of death from dangerously low blood sugar is much higher among seniors who have both diabetes and dementia than those with diabetes alone, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 20,000 people aged 65 and older with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who were followed for up to five years after their first recorded low blood sugar episode. Those with both ...

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

Posted 26 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 – Almost $200,000 over the course of two years. That is the cost of the care that a family member typically gives a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. That's according to a new study that attempted to put a price tag on the burden of the day-to-day help that millions of folks with the memory-robbing disease need for shopping, cooking, cleaning, eating, taking medicine ...

Exercise May Delay Rare Form of Alzheimer's

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 – Regular exercise might delay a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that 2.5 hours of walking or other physical activity a week thwarted mental decline tied to autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease (ADAD). This is an inherited form of disease that leads to dementia at an early age. "The results of this study are ...

AHA: Stiffening of Blood Vessels May Point to Dementia Risk

Posted 21 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Arterial stiffness among people with mild cognitive impairments could put them at higher risk for progressing to dementia, which may include Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study exploring the connection between the brain and vascular health. The French study, published Friday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, ...

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

Posted 20 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 – By 2060, almost 14 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer's disease, a number that's nearly three times as high as today, a new report projects. "This study shows that as the U.S. population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias will rise, especially among minority populations," said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of ...

Daytime Drowsiness a Sign of Alzheimer's?

Posted 11 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 – Feeling drowsy during the day might mean you have an increased risk for Alzheimer's, new research suggests. The long-term study included 123 adults with an average age of 60 when the study began. The findings showed that those who were very sleepy during the day had a nearly threefold increased risk of developing brain deposits of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with ...

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

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – There are plenty of reasons to work out, and this may be another: Exercise promotes the growth of new brain cells that improve thinking in mice with a form of Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers reported that it may be possible to develop drug and gene therapies that trigger the same beneficial effects in people with ...

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