Alzheimer’s Disease

In dementia's crosshairs, women speak out

In dementia's crosshairs, women speak out

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Alzheimer's disease does not discriminate. Or so we've been repeatedly told — for example, when "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher died, almost exactly one year ago. But a report out last week suggests that Alzheimer's does discriminate, in a sense. It appears the disease picks on women.

Omega-3 fatty acids could preserve brain health

Those with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, appear to have larger brain volumes in old age, according to a new study in Neurology. Shrinking brain volume can be a sign of Alzheimer's disease.

Gender adjustments for Alzheimer's caregivers

Gender adjustments for Alzheimer's caregivers

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For quite some time, I was the only male in my Alzheimer's disease spousal support group. I quickly discovered that I could not resolve some problems for my wife, Clare, in the same way as some women were resolving similar issues for their husbands.

Low LDL, high HDL correlated to less amyloid plaque deposits

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Cholesterol is linked to amyloid deposits in the brain, and unhealthy patterns could contribute to Alzheimer's, according to a new study.

Researchers: Better hygiene leads to higher risk of Alzheimer's

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Better hygiene in developed countries correlates with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's, researchers have discovered.

Major cause of reversible age-related memory loss identified

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Researchers have identified the main protein trigger of age-related memory loss — and that its memory-loss effects are reversible.

Rate of dementia has declined dramatically, but not in nursing homes, study finds

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The rate of seniors developing dementia decreased by nearly a quarter over the last 20 years in England and Wales, although the percentage of nursing home residents with dementia increased, according to a recently published study.

New approach to Alzheimer's treatment might be key to a cure

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Alzheimer's disease detection should start earlier, even before loss of cognitive function, a professor of medical ethics said Monday. In a webinar, Jason Karlawish, M.D., and Richard W. Besdine, M.D., discussed new approaches to Alzheimer's treatment and prevention, which they said has drastically changed since the disease was first discovered in the early 20th century.

Alzheimer's breakthrough: Vaccine may be on its way, researchers say

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Researchers say they've made a major breakthrough in the effort to develop an Alzheimer's disease vaccine.

Nursing homes and unions: ready for another ugly round?

Nursing homes and unions: ready for another ugly round?

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Unions in nursing homes may be headed for a new level of negative exposure given the latest flare-up in the eternal battle that has waged in Connecticut. It has already brought partisan criticism to the highest level: the White House.

"They know me. They remember who I am."

"They know me. They remember who I am."

The life story is not a "nice to have" document - it is essential to delivering quality. If memory loss begins and progresses, the details of his or her life story would serve as the primary guide for service and care. Here's an example.

AALTCI identifies Alzheimer's disease as main reason for insurance claims

AALTCI identifies Alzheimer's disease as main reason for insurance claims

More than one in four claims are related to this mind-robbing condition, according to the insurance organization.

A medication that stops Alzheimer's in its tracks?

Baxter BioScience's Gammagard halted the progression of Alzheimer's disease for as long as three years in a 16-patient trial.

New alliance will target major risk factor for Alzheimer's

A new collaboration will see four leading academic research laboratories working with AstraZeneca to study a major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.

New initiatives needed to build skilled caregiver workforce

New initiatives needed to build skilled caregiver workforce

The aging of the American population and the healthcare issues that go with it are creating a demographic earthquake that will shake our current system of healthcare to the core. We are on our way to becoming a nation of caregivers, a job description we are largely unprepared to fill.

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