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Alzheimer's Disease

Faces Change, Hearts Don't: Alzheimer's is Stealing My Mom

2015-10-12 14:07
Alzheimer's Patients Have the Same Heart

I hear so many people say that they are devastated because they have lost their loved one to Alzheimer’s disease even though their loved one is still living. “Alzheimer’s disease has stolen my mom.” “My mother doesn’t know who I am” “She isn’t the same person.” My response is, “She is the same person she was 10 years ago, 40 years ago.” She is an elderly, forgetful, younger version of the person you call mom.

If your mother with Alzheimer’s disease believes that she is 25 years old (although she is 70), she is 25.

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Surviving The Waves of Dementia Care Grief

2015-10-12 13:57
Dementia caregiving

If you are caring for someone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, you've certainly been sailing on a tumultuous sea of emotions. Although you may have educated yourself about the disease and what to expects as the disease progresses, we all dread the reality that our loved one will soon be gone altogether.

We may try to brace ourselves for the sadness of losing our loved one to Alzheimer's disease for the extreme loss and emotional pain that we will surely feel when they are gone.

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Large trial shows how resveratrol might treat Alzheimer's disease

2015-09-12 14:47
Natural compound resveratrol shows promise for Alzheimer's disease

Researchers have published results of the largest trial to date that shows resveratrol might be a future option for treating Alzheimer's disease. The finding highlights how the compound found in red wine, grapes and dark chocolate stabilizes brain plaque to halt dementia.

The study, conducted by Georgetown University Medical Center researchers, included 119 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease who were given a pure form of resveratrol.

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Have researchers finally uncovered the cause of Alzheimer's disease?

2015-08-29 10:04
Previously overlooked brain finding could be Alzheimer's breakthrough.

University of Montreal researchers have made what they describe as a breakthrough discovery that could finally provide drugs that treat and possibly prevent Alzheimer's disease. The new finding that had been previously overlooked suggests fatty deposits in the brain may be the cause of Alzheimer's disease that affects 47.5 million people worldwide.

The finding, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, means new drugs could be developed to treat and possibly cure Alzheimer's disease.

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9 Risk Factors Contribute Most to Alzheimer's Disease

2015-08-21 18:40
risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

Currently, Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, but in a new study researchers have identified 9 risk factors that contribute to the majority of Alzheimer’s disease cases. The fact that these risk factors can be modified to some degree offers the possibility that individuals can help ward off development of this devastating condition.

In addition to the 9 risk factors that contribute to the development of the majority of Alzheimer’s disease cases, the authors of the study also identified others that can play a significant role i

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New insight into why older brains prone to Alzheimer's disease

2015-08-10 20:50
Researchers uncover why aging brain more susceptible to Alzheimer's

No one knows exactly what causes Alzheimer's disease. Researchers know the risk of the most severe form of dementia increases with aging. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have now discovered what happens in the brain as we get older to raise our chances of Alzheimer's disease.

Amyloid plaque that consists of amyloid beta 42, along with tau proteins that entangle nerve fibers in the brain destroys memory and thinking.

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How Sleeping Position May Fight Alzheimer's

2015-08-10 11:10
sleeping position and Alzheimer's

The prayer that begins “Now I lay me down to sleep” may acquire a whole new meaning if the findings of a recent study from Stony Brook University School of Medicine can be applied to humans. A research team reported that “the lateral position during sleep has advantage with regard to the removal of waste products including Aβ [amyloid-beta],” the accumulation of which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Previous clinical research has shown that sleep supports the clearance of amyloid-beta from the brain, according to the authors.

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How Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease are Connected

2015-05-06 08:18
diabetes and Alzheimer's disease are connected

A new study provides significant evidence that diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease have a special relationship. Experts at Washington University School of Medicine report that high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can raise the levels of key protein fragments found in Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Numerous previous studies have suggested the relationship between diabetes and the most common form of dementia.

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Diabetes and depression increase dementia risk

2015-04-15 21:59
Combination of depression and diabetes increase dementia risk

Depression and diabetes on their own can affect the brain, but together they can significantly increase the risk of dementia, a new study found.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough interfere with daily life.

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Progress in Alzheimer's Research for Effective Treatments

2015-04-15 11:12
Alzheimer's disease treatment research

Perhaps one of the greatest fears that people face as they age is developing Alzheimer’s disease. This chronic and incurable disease afflicts more than five million Americans who suffer gradual onset and progression of memory and other cognitive losses to the extent that they can no longer care for themselves.

Over 100 years ago, Dr. Alois Alzheimer first described the abnormal brain protein deposits – amyloid plaques and tau tangles – that accumulate in brain regions that control mental function.

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