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Cells Talk More in Areas Alzheimer’s Hits First

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Higher levels of cell chatter boost amyloid beta in the brain regions that Alzheimer’s hits first, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report. Amyloid beta is the main ingredient of the plaque lesions that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s.

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Higher Levels of Social Activity Decrease the Risk of Cognitive Decline

According to research conducted at Rush University Medical Center, frequent social activity may help to prevent or delay cognitive decline in old age. The study has just been posted online in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

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Work Underway on Potential Alzheimer's Diagnostic Test Using Spinal Fluid

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are working on what could result in a diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease, based on biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid.

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Coping as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

As the nation’s population ages, so do the tens of thousands of caregivers for those stricken with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Experts say it’s just as important to take care of yourself as it is to give Alzheimer’s support to a loved one.

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New Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Guidelines Can Put Families on Correct Course of Intervention

Paul Eshelman, professor of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University, comments on intervention strategies for earlier stages of Alzheimer’s Disease identified by the Alzheimer’s Association’s new guidelines for diagnosis.

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Brain Starts Shrinking Nearly a Decade Before Alzheimer’s Appears

Areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease may start shrinking up to a decade before dementia is diagnosed, according to a new study published in the April 13, 2011, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

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Treating High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes May Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and other vascular risk factors may help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in people who already show signs of declining thinking skills or memory problems. The research is published in the April 13, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Brain Structure Changes Indicate Risk for Developing Alzheimer's Disease

Subtle differences in brain anatomy among older individuals with normal cognitive skills may be able to predict both the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in the following decade and how quickly symptoms of dementia would develop.

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Experimental Alzheimer’s Disease Drugs Might Help Patients with Nerve Injuries

Drugs already in development to treat Alzheimer’s disease may eventually be tapped for a different purpose altogether: re-growing the ends of injured nerves to relieve pain and paralysis. According to a new Johns Hopkins study, experimental compounds originally designed to combat a protein that builds up in Alzheimer’s-addled brains appear to make crushed or cut nerve endings grow back significantly faster, a potential boon for those who suffer from neuropathies or traumatic injuries.

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Constricted "Life Space" Linked With Alzheimer's Disease

The extent to which we move through our environments as we carry out our daily lives – from home to garden to workplace and beyond – has more significance than we might imagine. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center have discovered that our "life space" is intimately linked with cognitive function.







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