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Lifestyle changes may cut Alzheimer’s risk

PARIS — Up to half of worldwide cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be due to modifiable lifestyle risk factors, according to a study released Tuesday based on a mathematical model. The theoretical analysis suggests that seven known behaviour-related risk factors, taken together, account for 50 percent of the more than…

Alzheimer’s may cause global cash crunch: experts

WASHINGTON — Alzheimer’s disease could cause a global cash crunch in coming generations — as people begin to regularly live to 100 — and must be considered a serious fiscal danger, experts said Thursday. Already 24-37 million people worldwide live with the incurable form of dementia, and that number is…

Brain shrinks 10 years before dementia onset: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – People with Alzheimer’s disease may start experiencing shrinking of parts of the brain as many as 10 years before the degenerative condition is diagnosed, a US study suggested on Wednesday. While the results are still preliminary, scientists said the findings could one day provide a way to…

Study shows car pollution may cause brain damage akin to Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Being exposed to highway pollution can cause brain damage in mice akin to memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, US researchers said Thursday. Scientists recreated the airborne pollutants that come from the burning of fossil fuels and the weathering of car parts and pavement, and exposed mice to…

CBS almost reported Reagan was mentally unfit in 1986

Two sons of former President Ronald Reagan have been engaged in a public disagreement over whether their father exhibited early signs of Alzheimer’s disease while still in the White House. Veteran CBS reporter Leslie Stahl, who saw Reagan have mental lapses in 1986, could possibly play a role in settling…

Reagan exhibited signs of Alzheimer’s while still in White House, son claims

The son of President Ronald Reagan suggests in an as-yet-unpublished book that his father was exhibiting the tell-tale signs of Alzheimer’s disease while still serving as President of the United States. Alzheimer’s disease is a brain condition that interferes with memory and behavior, which usually starts small and develops into…

New blood test could detect Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON — US scientists may have found a new way to use a blood test to search for clues of Alzheimer’s disease, a discovery that if proven could extend to other ailments, said a study released Thursday. “If this works in Alzheimer’s disease, it suggests it is a pretty general…

Alzheimer’s brain tangles offer clue to worsening

That sticky substance coating Alzheimer’s patients’ brains gets all the notoriety, but another culprit is gaining renewed attention: Protein tangles that clog brain cells and just might determine how fast patients go downhill. Nobody knows what causes Alzheimer’s, although the disease’s hallmark plaque — that gooey stuff called beta-amyloid —…

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