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Stress and Alzheimer’s: More Evidence Strengthens the Link

Brain6Stress has long been considered a major risk for developing Alzheimer’s, but there hasn’t been any real understanding as to why this is so. Now, researchers at the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease at the University of Florida think that they’ve come closer to discovering the connection.

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Predicting Alzheimer’s: Biological Age Overrides Chronological Age

Research6Increasingly, Alzheimer’s specialists and researchers stress the importance of early detection. In fact, most drugs now considered as possible methods for holding off Alzheimer’s symptoms seem to be dependent on starting the drug early – as much as a decade earlier than symptoms appear. The question that travels hand in hand with these studies is who should start these drugs if they do prove to be effective? It’s not prudent to simply give the drugs to the whole aging population. 

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Motherhood, the Brain and Dementia: Changing Hormones Alter Risk

MotherhoodHormonesThroughout decades of study, hormone therapy (HT), often but not always the same as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), has been glorified and demonized in turn. The information that doctors receive has come from ongoing studies that seemed to offer over time radically conflicting results. A new study may add more confusion since this study has found that not only does HT given near menopause create changes in a woman’s brain, but motherhood itself creates changes. 

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Memory Loss: Lack of Awareness Points to Dementia

Brain2Middle aged and worried about your memory slips? You probably don’t have dementia. The majority of the memory slips that concern this age group, and even those significantly older, are due to stress and other factors rather than impending dementia. However, researchers have now found that people who are suffering from memory loss but are unaware of their problem are most likely developing the disease.

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3 Triggers for Alcohol Abuse in Elderly

FallWindowAlcohol abuse can occur at any age, but in the past most doctors looked for the signs in younger people. There’s also a bias in society at large, including some doctors, that people who abuse alcohol will be of a certain type. It can be hard for a doctor to look at a sweet, grandmotherly woman and think that perhaps the “occasional” glass of wine she admits to drinking may actually be a good portion of a bottle on nightly basis.

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Ultrasound: Alzheimer's“Breakthrough” or Another Broken Promise?

UltrasoundCould non-invasive ultrasound therapy reverse Alzheimer's symptoms for some of the 35.6 million people living with dementia worldwide? Only time will tell. However this method, free of the ongoing side effects of drugs, has been used successfully in early mouse studies by University of Queensland's Brain Institute.

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MIND Diet Recommended for Alzheimer's Prevention

BlueberriesPart of a healthy lifestyle, one that may prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, involves consuming a nourishing diet. According to a recent study, one way to obtain these nutrients is through the MIND diet.

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5 Tips for Caregivers On Keeping Our Brains Healthy

Many of us cope with the stress of caring for someone who has dementia. We agonize over the increasing losses that our loved one faces as dementia works its way through their brains. We also worry about ourselves. Will we, too, end our lives without recognizing the people we love? What, if anything, can we do to protect our own brains?

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Alzheimer’s Disease Still Challenging to Diagnose

Dear Carol: Dad’s been diagnosed with dementia, probably of the Alzheimer’s type. As a diagnosis, this seems sort of fuzzy to me, but that’s all that the doctor will say. Also, my family and I are trying to figure out what stage Dad is in. He seems quite good on some days and then he takes a slide downward the next so he’s extremely unpredictable. I’ve asked the doctor about the stages of Alzheimer’s and he just says that they aren’t necessarily concrete. Should we find another doctor?  - Steve

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Brain Health Important to 93% of Americans According to Survey

A recent AARP survey found that 93% of Americans find maintaining brain health to be very important, however very few know the best ways to make this happen. When asked how to maintain brain health, results showed that many of the ways that are scientifically proven to improve or maintain brain health ranked as low priority areas for most respondents.

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