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Morality, Social Bonds & Dementia

Morality, Social Bonds & Dementia

“Oh, he’s the same old Jim!” When memory, function and personality fade, the foundations of a relationship may stay the same. But the moment people perceive (correctly or not) that moral traits are going, relationships deteriorate. A new study reveals how easy it is to fall into this relationship-destroying trap and how essential it is […]
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Ronald Reagan’s Alzheimer’s Letter: Still Poignant, Still Relevant

When President Ronald Wilson Reagan’s received his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, he immediately penned this profound letter to America. It led the way in breaking down the stigma and myths surrounding Alzheimer’s. Watch Nancy Reagan describe that moment, 21 years past. It marked the ceasing of his formal, public appearances and the beginning of his long, private […]

Scientists hail breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research

Anmar Frangoul | Special to 6 Hours Ago Researchers in the U.K. have found that blocking a receptor in the brain that regulates immune cells could “protect against the memory and behavior changes seen in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.” According to a news release from the University of Southampton, the research by […]

“Age-Related Memory Loss” Has Nothing to Do with Alzheimer’s

DIAGNOSIS RESEARCH: Learn why forgetfulness does NOT imply Alzheimer’s. Nobel laureate Dr. Eric Kandel discovered one central reason seniors become forgetful. He calls it “Age-Related Memory Loss“. Nothing to do with Alzheimer’s, it happens to the best of us. Find out why it occurs, even when we’ve got all our brain cells. A team of […]
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Neurogranin Levels in Cerebrospinal Fluid – A New Addition to the Alzheimer Disease Diagnostic Toolbox

Recent biomarker studies suggest that the pathological changes of Alzheimer disease (AD) start with Aβ deposition as early as 20 to 30 years prior to symptom onset,1 a window of time that holds promise for therapeutic intervention to reverse or slow down the disease. Aβ deposition is believed to be followed by tangle pathology and […]
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Study: Key Molecule Could Slow Alzheimer’s Development

Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have found that a specific molecule could slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, the Brichos molecule, which occurs in the body naturally, prevented the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in mice.     Researchers believe that the early stages of Alzheimer’s begin when beta-amyloid […]

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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Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Take Care of Yourself Too

Being an Alzheimer’s caregiver means taking on a lot of responsibilities. Sometimes you may be so preoccupied with caring for your loved one that you neglect your own health. Here are some tips to stay healthy as a caregiver:     Visit the doctor:   Visit the doctor at least once a year and report […]
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Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Amy’s Story

Amy is a caregiver for her father, who has Alzheimer’s. Courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association, here is Amy’s story:     In 2002, my dad was in a bad car accident with his uncle and two others in Florida. He ended up having eight broken ribs, and a broken collar bone. Not too long after the accident, I noticed […]
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Early-Onset Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know

Julianne Moore’s portrayal in Still Alice of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s has already won a Golden Globe and been nominated for an Oscar. Many now hope that the film will raise awareness of this rarer form of Alzheimer’s. In that spirit, here is what you need to know:     Alzheimer’s comes in middle-age, […]