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Gun ownership and dementia: A growing concern

Gun ownership and dementia: A growing concern

A recent article raises important questions about the prevalence of firearms in the aging population of the United States. The authors argue that there is a vital need to discuss the relationship between dementia and guns. A recent article investigates the issue of gun ownership in an aging population. Gun ownership is a controversial topic, […]

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Doctors’ Office Dementia Tests Are Often Wrong: Study

Doctors’ Office Dementia Tests Are Often Wrong: Study

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimer’s News WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fast tests designed to help primary care doctors rapidly spot dementia in their elderly patients often get it wrong, a new British report contends. The finding concerns three widely used quick dementia tests: the “Mini-Mental State Examination” (intended to assess mental […]

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Lung disease may increase dementia risk

Lung disease may increase dementia risk

Dementia refers to a series of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, where a person’s memory and other cognitive abilities decline. A recent study may have found a new risk factor that might predispose people to dementia: lung disease. To limit the risk of dementia, people may also want to look after the health of their […]

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Alzheimer’s Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice

Alzheimer’s Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice

Latest Alzheimer’s News MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An experimental Alzheimer’s disease vaccine shows promise in animal tests, and researchers say it could have the potential to reduce dementia cases by half. In mice created to develop Alzheimer’s, the vaccine triggered an immune response that reduced accumulation of two toxic proteins associated with […]

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Alzheimer’s may soon be treated with HIV drugs

Alzheimer’s may soon be treated with HIV drugs

New research finds that an HIV enzyme plays a crucial role in driving Alzheimer’s-related brain pathology by altering the APP gene. The findings warrant “immediate clinical evaluation of HIV antiretroviral therapies in people with Alzheimer’s disease,” say the authors of the study. The revelations of a recent study suggest that HIV drugs might successfully treat […]

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Key Strategies When Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

Key Strategies When Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

Latest Alzheimer’s News SUNDAY, Nov. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia should focus on four main safety issues, an expert says. Nearly 6 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. About 16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with […]

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Could managing cholesterol prevent Alzheimer’s?

Could managing cholesterol prevent Alzheimer’s?

The largest genetic study of Alzheimer’s disease to date finds that a “handful of gene variants” increases some people’s risk of both dementia and cardiovascular disease. The findings imply that, in principle, we may be able to repurpose some cardiovascular drugs to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s. The findings of a new study raise the question: […]

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Alzheimer’s vaccine draws closer

Alzheimer’s vaccine draws closer

Building on decades of research, a new paper brings us one step closer to a vaccine that targets the neurological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Prevention may soon be possible. Scientists inch closer to finding a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a degenerative neurological disease. Memory issues […]

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Health Tip: Should You Be Worried About Memory Loss?

Health Tip: Should You Be Worried About Memory Loss?

(HealthDay News) — It’s taking you longer than it once did to learn a new task. Or you’ve forgotten about today’s doctor’s appointment. Should you be worried? Latest Alzheimer’s News In other words, do you have mild forgetfulness or symptoms of a more serious memory problem? The National Institute on Aging says you should speak […]