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Higher Dose of Popular Alzheimer’s Med Gets FDA Approval

Alzheimer’s sufferers now have access to an additional treatment option, due to the recent Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a higher dosage of Exelon patch—a commonly prescribed drug for people with mild to moderate forms of the disease. The approval follows on the heels of study results that indicate receiving…

Alzheimer’s Hits Women Harder Than Men

Women who develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease face faster decline of their mental functioning than men in the same stage of the disease, according to a recent analysis. Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire examined fifteen studies conducted on Alzheimer’s sufferers of both sexes and found that men with the disease regularly…

Was An Alzheimer’s-Stricken Coach Forced From Her Job?

Was basketball coaching legend, Pat Summit, forcibly driven from her job because of an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis? Summit originally announced her retirement this past April, saying that she felt it was an appropriate time for her to hand over the reins of the storied University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball…

Alzheimer’s Drug Flashes Potential, Not Enough for Current Sufferers

After months of disappointing trials for budding Alzheimer’s therapies, it appears as though researchers may have finally found the key to slowing mental decline for people in the mild stages of the disease, according to study results presented at the American Neurological Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting. Though it failed to…

Ordinary Drugs Could Hold the Key to Conquering Alzheimer’s

Certain categories of common medications possess the potential to stave off, or slow down, the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, according to a new study. Researchers from King’s College London identified four different classes of drugs that could eventually pull double-duty as treatments for dementia-related memory loss: Diabetes…

The Easy Dietary Change That Could Save Your Brain

Elders who eat diets high in sugar are nearly four times as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment—a common precursor of Alzheimer’s disease—according to a recent study. Researchers from the Mayo clinic tracked the eating patterns and cognitive capacity of more than 1,200 Americans aged 70 and older for several years….

Alzheimer’s Risk in Women May Fall With Timely Hormone Therapy

Adult women who undergo hormone replacement therapy at the beginning of menopause may decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 30 percent, according to a new analysis. Five years appears to be the magic number. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that women who started taking estrogen and progestin pills within…

Mom or Dad: Who Would You Rather Live With?

If you were allowed to choose, who would you rather care for in your home: your mother, or your father? Realistically, the typical family caregiver won’t have the opportunity to select one parent over the other—after all, whoever needs care, needs care. (How to answer the question: Should your elderly parent live…

The Type of Alzheimer’s You (and Your Doctor) May Not Know About

Memory issues have become so intrinsically linked with Alzheimer’s disease that even small slip-ups—misplaced house keys, having trouble locating the car in a crowded parking lot—can send aging individuals into a tailspin of worry. While memory loss is indeed a sign of dementia and a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, it is only one…

Could Exercise Slow Dementia Progression? And Other News to Know

Exercise may slow dementia progression in older women Worldwide, there is a new dementia diagnosis every four seconds. But there is also new hope for women, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia that found consistent aerobic could increase the size of the hippocampus (the area of the…