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2009-02-25 11:30:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of Californians with Alzheimer's disease will nearly double to 1.1 million by 2030, with all race and ethnic groups, as well as every region of the state, experiencing dramatic increases, according to a report released today at the State Capitol by the Alzheimer's Association. California baby boomers age 55 and older have a one in eight lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a progressive, irreversible neurological...

2009-02-19 08:58:39

People who have parents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or dementia may be more likely to have memory loss themselves in middle age, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 25 to May 2, 2009.For the study, researchers used the Framingham Heart Study to follow three generations of participants to study risk factors of Alzheimer's and other diseases. A total of 715 people belonging to the second...

2009-02-17 09:17:00

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Accera, Inc., a biotechnology company delivering breakthrough therapies in central nervous system (CNS) diseases, announced today it is a SILVER level sponsor of the 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD). The annual conference, put on by the Alzheimer's Association, is the world's leading forum on dementia research. ICAD 2009 will take place July 11-16 in Vienna, Austria. "Alzheimer's is a progressive and fatal disease that...

2009-01-05 07:32:21

Dementia diseases are affecting more than 71,000 Canadians under the age of 65, says a study published Monday by the Alzheimer Society. In conjunction with RiskAnalytica, the society's study said that, overall, about 500,000 Canadians are affected by Alzheimer's or other dementia that brings gradual and continuing decline of memory, changes in judgment or reasoning, mood and behavior, and an inability to perform familiar tasks. The study said 72 percent of dementia sufferers in the country...

2008-12-23 00:25:31

A top British health official says the National Health Service needs to create memory clinics in major towns to treat Alzheimer's patients. Care Services Minister Phil Hope said medical students will be given specific training to diagnose dementia, and current doctors will be offered extra training in an effort to give Alzheimer's patients the same quality of care received by heart and cancer patients, the Daily Telegraph said Monday. Hope said at least 700,000 people in Britain are living...

2008-11-26 18:50:49

Officials of the U.S. Alzheimer's Association say their round-the-clock help line receives more than a 30-percent increase in calls during the holidays. The association notes that as families gather at this time of year, changes in a loved one may create concerns. It's critical for family members to follow up with someone if they noticed subtle changes in family members, Peter Reed of the Alzheimer's Association said in a statement. Early detection of Alzheimer's disease gives people the...

2008-11-07 15:00:06

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The statistics are staggering when considering what an impact Alzheimer's disease has on many American lives. Already nearly five million people in this country alone have been diagnosed with the disease, and the number is expected to triple by mid-century. Fortunately for many families, research, care and treatments are moving into new horizons. Today there is more information and support, providing better understanding of the disease and those it...

2008-11-04 15:00:05

People with Alzheimer's disease who also have diabetes or high blood pressure may die sooner than those who don't, U.S. researchers said. A study involved 323 people who had no memory problems when first tested but later developed dementia. Memory tests and physical exams were then given every 18 months. The study, published in the journal Neurology, found that after an Alzheimer's diagnosis was made, people with diabetes were twice as likely to die sooner than those without diabetes who...

2008-10-28 09:00:07

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During this time of heightened concerns about rising healthcare costs, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) will offer free memory screenings at more than 2,000 local sites across the country as part of its 6th annual National Memory Screening Day on November 18th. Coinciding with National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in November, the annual initiative is aimed at promoting early detection of memory problems and appropriate...

2008-10-23 06:00:27

By Mary Brophy Marcus JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- In the same way the wrinkles and stoop of an old gentleman can sometimes mask a feisty personality, the faded sign out front of the First Baptist Church here and its weathered exterior belie the vibrant doings within. Pop your head inside the church's foyer on any given day and you'll hear 72-year-old trumpeter Frank Hart improvising Wilson Pickett's In the Midnight Hour with a crew of other elderly musicians. Or swing around back and you'll...