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African-Americans, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Neurology, American Academy Of Neurology

Vitamin D Levels Low in African-Americans with Multiple Sclerosis

African-Americans who have multiple sclerosis (MS) have lower vitamin D levels than African-Americans who don’t have the disease, according to a study published in the May 24, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. However, most of the difference in vitamin D levels was due to differences in climate and geography.

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Memory, Early Onset, Memory Loss, Dementia, Cognition, American Academy Of Neurology, AAN, Journal Neurology, Neurology Journal

Memory Problems Often Not Present in Middle-Aged People with Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study suggests more than half of people who develop Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 60 are initially misdiagnosed as having other kinds of brain disease when they do not have memory problems. The research is published in the May 17, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Alzheimer's Risk Gene Disrupts Brain's Wiring 50 Years Before Disease Hits

Researchers at UCLA have identified a gene, possessed by 88 percent of Caucasians, that impairs the development of myelin (the protective covering around the neuron's axons in the brain) in the young, making it weaker and more vulnerable to the onset of Alzheimer's much later in life.

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Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Aging Brain, Neurobiology, GAIT, Stress, pain

Einstein Secures $11 Million to Continue Research on Brain Aging and Alzheimer's Disease

The Einstein Aging Study, which examines both normal brain aging and the special challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, has recently received a renewal grant of $11 million from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to continue its work. Richard B. Lipton, M.D., the Lotti and Bernard Benson Faculty Scholar in Alzheimer’s Disease and professor and vice chair of The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, will continue to lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers and health care professionals working to discover dementia’s causes and potential therapies.

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Diet, Nutrition, Obesity, Overweight, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Memory, Neurology

Packing on the Pounds in Middle Age Linked to Dementia

According to a new study, being overweight or obese during middle age may increase the risk of certain dementias. The research is published in the May 3, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Alzheimer's Disease, Amyloid Beta, Plaques On Nerve Cells, Neurodegenerative Disease, Default Mode Network

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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