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What are the signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s?

What are the signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia typically associated with older adults. However, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease occurs before the age of 65. Alzheimer’s causes memory problems and a variety of related symptoms. It is a degenerative disease, which means the symptoms will get worse over time. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most […]

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Alzheimer’s: ‘Strong evidence’ of virus involvement

Alzheimer’s: ‘Strong evidence’ of virus involvement

A large analysis of different types of data from postmortem tests of brain tissue supports the idea that viruses are involved in Alzheimer’s disease. What role do viruses have in Alzheimer’s disease? The researchers — including specialists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, NY, and Arizona State University […]

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Even slightly elevated blood pressure increases dementia risk

Even slightly elevated blood pressure increases dementia risk

The link between the risk of dementia and hypertension is well established. What about higher-than-normal blood pressure in the absence of a hypertension diagnosis, however? Elevated blood pressure in your 50s could raise your risk of dementia later on. Research has found that hypertension in middle age increases a person’s risk of developing a form […]

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Alcohol may prime the brain for Alzheimer’s, but how?

Alcohol may prime the brain for Alzheimer’s, but how?

Some studies have suggested that alcohol consumption could expose people to a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. But the mechanics behind this relationship have been unclear — until now. New research investigates the mechanisms through which alcohol use could render the brain more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease affects a person’s […]

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Cholesterol found to play a role in Alzheimer’s

Cholesterol found to play a role in Alzheimer’s

A new study, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, concludes that cholesterol may play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Cholesterol builds up in arteries, but it may play a role in Alzheimer’s, as well. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that can build up on the […]

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New dementia risk factors uncovered

New dementia risk factors uncovered

Using a large and comprehensive database, researchers unearth new combinations of factors that increase the risk of dementia later in life. The findings could help clinicians to spot at-risk people. Advanced statistical methods give new insight into dementia risk factors. Dementia is a growing concern. Because the population is aging and living longer lives is […]

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Alzheimer’s: Are changes in the brain’s attention hub at fault?

Alzheimer’s: Are changes in the brain’s attention hub at fault?

Researchers suggest that we become more easily distracted as we age, and that it’s all down to a part of our brains called the locus coeruleus. Could this advance our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease? As we age, we find it increasingly hard to stay focused under conditions of stress, new research shows. The “locus coeruleus” […]

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New molecule may stop Alzheimer’s from spreading

New molecule may stop Alzheimer’s from spreading

A compound called cambinol shows great promise as a future Alzheimer’s drug. The molecule has halted the spread of the toxic brain protein tau in cell cultures and mice. People living with Alzheimer’s may soon benefit from new drugs that can stop the disease from spreading throughout the brain. A brain protein called tau is […]

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Could anxiety lead to dementia?

Could anxiety lead to dementia?

A recent study suggests that living with moderate to severe anxiety in midlife may lead to dementia in later years. Feeling anxious in your middle age may speed up age-related cognitive decline. The new research was carried out by a team of scientists led by Amy Gimson, a researcher at the University of Southampton’s Faculty […]