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2009-07-13 07:22:41

 Though discoveries about Alzheimer's disease risk factors are often in the news, adults do not know about the relationship between Alzheimer's disease risk and heart health, nor that physical activity can be protective against dementia, according to new research reported today at the Alzheimer's Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna.Two additional studies reported at ICAD 2009 show higher Alzheimer's risk in veterans with post-traumatic...

2009-07-13 01:30:00

VIENNA, Austria, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Though discoveries about Alzheimer's disease risk factors are often in the news, adults do not know about the relationship between Alzheimer's disease risk and heart health, nor that physical activity can be protective against dementia, according to new research reported today at the Alzheimer's Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna. (Logo:...

2009-07-09 22:28:53

Alzheimer's disease and dementia affect memory and behavior but have different causes and require different treatment, Australian researchers say. Jane Mathias and Jennifer Burke, both from the University of Adelaide, analyzed 81 previously published studies that compared the cognitive testing of people diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer's and vascular type. The average age across participants was 75. Of the 118 different tests that were used in more than one study, Mathias and Burke...

2009-07-08 14:00:00

Only 2 out of 118 tests found to adequately predict which disease a person had; researchers urge comprehensive approach to diagnosis Most of the cognitive tests that have been used to decide whether someone has Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia have not been very helpful when used alone. A new report published by the American Psychological Association concluded that when older people are confused and forgetful, doctors should base their diagnoses on many different types of...

2009-05-19 07:07:45

Most of us are happy to drop a few extra pounds, but research suggests losing weight in old age may mean more than just looser fitting clothes. In a study involving 1,836 Japanese Americans with an average age of 72, investigators found those who weighed less at the beginning of the 8-year study and lost weight faster were more likely to develop dementia. People with lower body mass index scores at the beginning of the study were 79 percent more likely to show signs of the memory-robbing...

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2009-05-14 11:10:00

Scientists have developed a new risk index that will increase their ability to predict the likelihood of dementia in patients over the age of 65.Reporting in the journal Neurology, researchers describe the 15-point checklist as a series of tests based on different characteristics that can predict a patient's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The checklist successfully predicted about half of the cases of dementia in a group of elderly people over a six-year period, scientists said."This...

2009-05-14 10:01:51

ST. PAUL, Minn. "“ A new tool can help predict whether people age 65 and older have a high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Research on the tool is published in the May 13, 2009, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "This new risk index could be very important both for research and for people at risk of developing dementia and their families," said study author Deborah E. Barnes, PhD, MPH, of the University of...

2009-03-17 11:08:43

People who have lost brain cells in the hippocampus area of the brain are more likely to develop dementia, according to a study published in the March 17, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.The study involved 64 people with Alzheimer's disease, 44 people with mild cognitive impairment, which is the stage of memory problems that precedes Alzheimer's disease, and 34 people with no memory or thinking problems.MRI scans were...

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...

2009-01-16 12:45:52

Britons perceive greater societal stigma from diagnosis than do AmericansA new study has found that in spite of their universal health care system which facilitates access to free dementia care, older adults in the United Kingdom are less willing to undergo dementia screening than their counterparts in the U.S. because the Britons perceive greater societal stigma from diagnosis of the disease than do Americans.Researchers surveyed 125 older adults in Indianapolis and 120 older adults in Kent,...