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Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Everyone Should Know

Alzheimer’s disease affects over 5 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. The National Institute on Aging characterizes the illness as an “irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living.” Most people […]
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Could Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids Raise Dementia Risk?

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds a strong link between high dosage use of anticholinergic drugs and risk of dementia in seniors. Several over-the-counter sleep aids and the antihistamine Benadryl are anticholinergics.     Shelly Gray, a professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, and her team tracked about 3,500 […]
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5 Little-Known Warning Signs of Dementia

It is important to look for early indicators of possible dementia so that you can begin treatment faster. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these warning signs, speak to a doctor:       You’re feeling depressed: A new study examining about 2,400 seniors found that those who report symptoms of […]
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Study Explores Possible Link between Alzheimer’s and Depression, Irritability

A new study has suggested that symptoms of depression could indicate a future Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Over a period of seven years, scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine examined over 2,400 seniors, half of whom developed dementia.     The patients who eventually received a dementia diagnosis exhibited behavioral and emotional symptoms, such as […]
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UK Researchers Use Verbal Cues in Dementia Diagnoses

  Researchers in the UK have developed a method of verbal analysis that may help determine whether or not a patient’s described memory loss is due to early dementia.     Consultant Neurologist Dr. Daniel Blackburn of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says of his own clinic, “Six years ago one in five patients […]
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New Theory: Alzheimer’s Memory Loss Could be Reversible

A new theory on where memory is stored in the brain suggests that lost memories could possibly be restored. If true, it could radically change almost everything that scientists know about memory loss and even lead to a better treatment to Alzheimer’s disease.     The theory, proposed by Dr. David Glanzman of the University […]
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It’s Never too Early for Alzheimer’s Testing

With no current treatment for dementia, a small group of researchers are looking for ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease by working on tests that could detect the disease years, even decades, before symptoms show up. With the number of cases expected to triple by 2050, researchers are quickly looking for a solution.     Researchers […]
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Improving Patient Care with Patient-Focused Apps

Researchers from the EU-funded MIRROR project have developed new apps that enable healthcare workers to provide more personalized care to dementia patients. The goal of the apps was for workers in residential homes to be more creative and effective in delivering person-centered care. One interesting feature of The Carer App, for example, is caregivers can […]
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Effective Tools in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

There are three areas that are critical in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease: detection, prevention, and preclinical treatment. These three are highlighted in a supplement by Jack de la Torre, MD, PhD, Professor of Neuropsychology at The University of Texas at Austin, speaking on how dementia should be approached and managed right now, not years […]
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Many People with Dementia Go Unscreened and Untreated

Many people with dementia have never been to a doctor for their memory and thinking problems. Despite showing clear cognitive decline, researchers found that 55 percent of patients screened for dementia as part of the University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study had never been evaluated prior to participating in this study.     Lead […]