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Has the Time Come for Dementia Screening in Primary Care?

Having primary care doctors routinely screen patients for dementia at annual check up visits—just like they do for high blood pressure or cholesterol—could identify people in need of dementia care and reassure those who are healthy. That’s what dementia experts argued at a meeting held last month, as reported on Alzforum (www.alzforum.org).

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Holiday Gifts for Caregivers Should Provide Much-Needed Respite, Make Caregiving Easier

Family members and friends can choose gifts that will make caregiving easier and provide a much-needed respite from the often overwhelming demands of caregiving, according to Michael Noe, MD, associate dean for community relations and clinical affairs in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.

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Alzheimer's Drug Candidate May be First to Prevent Disease Progression

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Salk scientists develop new drug that improves memory and prevents brain damage in mice.

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Study Participants at Risk for Alzheimer's Want to Know Their Potential Fate

If you had a family history of developing Alzheimer's disease, would you take a genetic test that would give you more information about your chances?

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Researchers Design Alzheimer’s Antibodies

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Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new method to design antibodies aimed at combating disease. The surprisingly simple process was used to make antibodies that neutralize the harmful protein particles that lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Alzheimer’s and the Downward Spiral: SWHR Holds Congressional Briefing About Women and Alzheimer’s Disease

Costing $172 billion a year for health care and research funding, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects one in three families and has a widespread impact on our economy and aging population. Most notably, this disease plagues women twice as much as men. At a congressional briefing held by the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), experts in Alzheimer’s research discussed the need to examine the sex differences in AD, both for the cause, prevention and treatment as well as the caregiver role.

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On Alzforum, Researchers Debate How to Conduct Alzheimer’s Trials

Candidate drugs for Alzheimer’s disease have so far been tested in patients who have dementia; by that time, the disease may be too far along to do much about it. In a recent opinion piece, scientists laid out the case for testing drugs at an earlier stage, in patients who have yet to show clinical symptoms. The proposal has sparked ongoing debate on Alzforum.

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Changes in Sleep-Wake Cycles and Level of Daily Activity Can Increase Chances of Dementia

Older women with weaker circadian rhythms, who are less physically active or are more active later in the day are more likely to develop dementia or mild cognitive impairment than women who have a more robust circadian rhythm or are more physically active earlier in the day.

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Is It Alzheimer’s Disease or Another Dementia? Marker May Give More Accurate Diagnosis

New research finds a marker used to detect plaque in the brain may help doctors make a more accurate diagnosis between two common types of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The study is published in the November 30, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Forget-Me-Not: Women and Alzheimer’s Disease

Many women suffer memory loss and/or confusion at some point in their lives, but as many as 5 million Americans suffer from a much more serious disease, Alzheimer’s. According to statistics from the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in older people. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease; it is irreversible and causes a decline in memory and cognitive skills.







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