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Synthetic Dope Helps Alzheimer's Patients

(HealthDay is the new name for HealthScoutNews.)

THURSDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDayNews) -- A synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana may reduce agitation and promote weight gain in people with Alzheimer's disease.

A recent study of 48 people with Alzheimer's found 66 percent of them experienced significant improvement in agitation and 33 percent of them had functional improvement after a month of treatment with dronabinol.

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Alzheimer's Cases in U.S. May Top 13 Million by 2050

Tue Aug 19, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Unless ways to prevent Alzheimer's disease are discovered, the number of US citizens with the condition will increase nearly three fold in the next half century, new statistics suggests.

The estimates are based on data from the 2000 Census, and are reported in the Archives of Neurology by Dr. Denis A. Evans, from Rush-Presbyterian-St.

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<b>Forget me not<b/>

Amanda Ross Managing Editor Nutrition & Healing August 14, 2003 

When Norm, a good friend of my parents, became forgetful and couldn't remember where his favorite Chinese restaurant was, he and his wife both thought he was just getting older. But it turns out that after some tests, doctors say he has early stages of Alzheimer's disease. 

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Study Looks at Long-Term Hormone Use, Alzheimer's

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may protect women from Alzheimer's disease, researchers said Tuesday. However, the new study shares some of the pitfalls of past research that suggested a host of health benefits for such hormones.

Those past studies--and the safety of HRT in general--are currently in question after the largest, well-designed study to date found that the treatment's risks may outweigh its benefits among postmenopausal women.

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'Alzheimer's Gene' Linked to Parkinson's, Too

Oct 18, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A gene variant already known to increase the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer's disease now appears to increase the risk of Parkinson's disease as well, according to research presented Thursday at the American Society for Human Genetics annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

This and other findings presented at the meeting may bring researchers a step closer to solving the mysteries of Parkinson's disease.

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Helping Those Who Help Alzheimer's Patients

Wed Oct 9,12:07 PM ET

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthScoutNews) -- An interactive program to help people caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease is now available from the University of Florida.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Online, the first program of its kind, is staffed by university psychology professionals who do live, interactive classes on topics such as stress management, understanding and dealing with memory loss, and managing difficult caregiver tasks.

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Helping Those Who Help Alzheimer's Patients

Wed Oct 9,12:07 PM ET

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthScoutNews) -- An interactive program to help people caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease is now available from the University of Florida.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Online, the first program of its kind, is staffed by university psychology professionals who do live, interactive classes on topics such as stress management, understanding and dealing with memory loss, and managing difficult caregiver tasks.

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