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Progress on Alzheimer's Dramatic - Researcher

Thu Jul 22, 2004

By Jon Hurdle

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A cure for Alzheimer's disease is unlikely in the near future, but big advances are coming soon in the treatment and prevention of the fatal brain illness, a leading researcher said on Thursday.

Researchers have made strides in learning about causes and possible therapies, and just in time, too, as the burden of Alzheimer's threatens Medicare, said Dr. William Thies, vice president for medical and scientific affairs at the Alzheimer's Association.


For Alzheimer's Patients, a Daily Struggle With No Relief in Sight

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, July 22 (HealthDayNews) -- This week's headlines on potential breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research seem to offer hope.

But for those in the grip of the devastating disease and for their loved ones, reality can't be found on the front page. Often, it's a numbing, heartbreaking grind as they struggle from one day to the next.


Lose Weight, Stay Active, Prevent Alzheimer's-Studies

Mon Jul 19,  2004

By Jon Hurdle

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Losing weight, eating more fruits and vegetables and exercising your brain and body sounds like a formula to prevent heart disease, but it is also a way to prevent Alzheimer's, researchers said on Monday.

Midlife obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure appear to affect the brain as well as the heart, they said.


Alzheimer's Risk Increases After Coronary Bypass

By M. Mary Conroy

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters Health) - Mental impairment is a known risk following coronary bypass surgery, and now researchers have found that the procedure may hasten the emergence of Alzheimer's disease.

The results of a large study indicate that the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease within five years is 70 percent higher following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) than after percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PCTA). Both procedures are used to deal with restore blood flow to the heart when coronary arteries become blocked.


Niacin May Protect Against Alzheimer's

By Anthony J. Brown, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High intake of the vitamin niacin, particularly from food sources, may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and age-related mental decline, according to a new report.

The study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry points out that severe niacin deficiency is known to cause dementia. However, the researchers note that it is unclear if more subtle variations in niacin intake influence the risk of mental deterioration.


Alzheimer's Mutations Found in Brain Cells

Mon Jul 5, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The genetic mutations that lie behind most cases of Alzheimer's disease may be found inside cell powerhouses known as mitochondria, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

They said they found mutations in mitochondrial DNA in 65 percent of patients in a study who died of Alzheimer's, and none of the patients who died of something else.


Alzheimer's Drugs Called Waste of Money

Jun 28, 2004
Author: Sarah Boseley - Health Editor
Source: The Guardian - UK

Drugs for Alzheimer's disease, which pharmaceutical companies and campaigners have lobbied the government to provide to large numbers of elderly patients with dementia across the country at a cost of over £39m a year, have little effect on their memory and do not stop the distressing deterioration of their lives, according to an important study published [Friday].


Big Blood Pressure Drop May Lead to Alzheimer's

Thu Jul 1, 2004

By Ed Edelson
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, July 1 (HealthDayNews) -- A drastic drop in blood pressure may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in older people, new Swedish research finds.

The study, which followed nearly 1,000 Stockholm residents aged 75 or older, found that a 15-point drop in systolic blood pressure (the higher number in a blood pressure reading) was linked to a threefold increase in the risk of dementia. The report appears in the July 2 issue of Stroke.


Possible Marker for Alzheimer's Disease Found

WEDNESDAY, June 9 (HealthDayNews) -- Measuring levels of certain antibodies may improve diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease (news - web sites), say researchers at the Medical College of Georgia and Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta.


Alzheimer's a Growing and Deadly Problem

Sat Jun 5, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alzheimer's disease, which afflicted former president Ronald Reagan for at least a decade, is a growing problem across the United States and much of the developed world as more people live well into old age.

It now affects an estimated 5 million people in the United States alone, and experts predict that as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease by the year 2050.

Alzheimer's affects as many as 15 million people globally.

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