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This week, health care professionals and scientists from around the world met in Vancouver to present the latest cutting-edge research on Alzheimer's disease for the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference. There was a lot of buzz about new studies, including drug advancements that could be potential treatments in the future. But for the average patient with Alzheimer's, or for their caregivers, it's easy to get lost in the abundance of abstracts and scientific minutia.

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Skin cancer drug reverses Alzheimer's in miceupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 17:38:00

Scientists say they "serendipitously" discovered that a drug used to treat a type of cancer quickly reversed Alzheimer's disease in mice.

GPS shoes track dementia patientsupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 11:34:00

Shoes and other items with GPS devices in them can help track dementia patients. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

How to limit Alzheimer's wanderingupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 11:34:00

It was early evening when Lee Ferrero got in his car to make the trip home from a meeting for work. He'd done the trip many times over the years, and he looked forward to the drive.

How can nutrition help prevent Alzheimer's?updated: Fri Nov 04 2011 07:17:00

How can nutrition affect your health, as far as risk of Alzheimer's disease? I have a strong family history and want to do everything that I can to avoid getting Alzheimer's.

When the pieces of memory are scatteredupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 16:45:00

There was cake at one of the last birthdays Robert John Kreitner Jr. would have at the nursing home in Pennsylvania, but the guest of honor didn't open his eyes to see it.

Alzheimer's: Early detection, risk factors are crucialupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 07:34:00

With more than 5 million people suffering from Alzheimer's disease in the United States, a number that's expected to rise to 16 million by 2050, the pressure is on to find better methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Shriver: A woman's nation takes on Alzheimer'supdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 16:09:00

Maria Shriver's father, Sargent Shriver, died from Alzheimer's in January after being diagnosed in 2003. In her first public remarks about her father since his death, Shriver spoke to Larry King about his battle with the disease, her thoughts on Alzheimer's research and why the disease is especially hard on women. Her interview can be seen in its entirety on Sunday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on "A Larry King Special, Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic." After her father's diagnosis, Shriver became a vocal advocate for Alzheimer's patients, families and caretakers. She partnered with the Alzheimer's Association to publish a groundbreaking study called "Alzheimer's in America: The Shriver Report on Women and Alzheimer's," which was just released in paperback. The Shriver report looked at Alzheimer's as a women's disease from the point of view of the patient, the family and the caregivers. Below is an excerpt of a letter introducing "The Shriver Report:"

Alzheimer's: Caring for Caregiversupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 11:08:00

As of January 1, 2011, the first Baby Boomer turned 65, with a fellow Boomer joining him every 8 seconds. This "milestone birthday" for Baby Boomers yields 10,000 people a day turning 65. As a result, 4 million Americans a year over the next 19 years will be at increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease simply due to the single most important risk factor for the disease: age.

An Alzheimer's expert faces her mother-in-law's diseaseupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 10:27:00

I've always been interested in science and the brain. In college, I started studying changes in learning and memory in both young and aging humans and animals. As a natural extension of this, I studied Alzheimer's disease while pursuing my neuroscience degree in graduate school. I was fortunate enough to work with people with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's using advanced imaging techniques, such as PET and MRI scans, to investigate brain function.

Seth Rogen: Alzheimer's is 'brutal'updated: Wed Apr 27 2011 07:51:00

Seth Rogen may be known for starring in some raunchy comedies, but there's one issue he doesn't take lightly: Alzheimer's disease.

Rogen and fiancee discuss Alzheimer'supdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 07:51:00

Actor Seth Rogen and his fiancee, Lauren Miller, speak to CNN's Larry King about Miller's mother's Alzheimer's disease.

3 stages of Alzheimer's disease introducedupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 11:59:00

Alzheimer's disease begins long before family and friends notice differences in the patient's memory and behavior, doctors who treat the condition said Monday. By the time an official diagnosis is made, the person's function is usually significantly impaired and treatment rarely helps.

Study: Popular Alzheimer's drug ineffective for mild casesupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 06:21:00

A drug widely used to treat mild Alzheimer's disease appears to provide no benefit to this group of early stage patients, according to a new analysis of previously conducted research.

With love and fear, Alzheimer's youngest caregivers watch over parentsupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 18:36:00

One Saturday morning, Austin Mobley noticed his mother staring at him blankly.

Study: Vitamin B12 may help ward off Alzheimer'supdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 19:33:00

People who consume lots of foods rich in vitamin B12 -- such as fish and fortified cereals -- may be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than people who take in less of the vitamin, a small study conducted in Finland suggests.

Can prevention keep Alzheimer's at bay?updated: Mon Oct 11 2010 12:39:00

After age 60, we are all likely passengers on the Alzheimer's Express. These days it's overcrowded with baby boomers and is predicted by 2050 to claim 115 million victims worldwide, including 13.5 million Americans (up from 5.1 million today), bankrupting our health care system.

10 foods to help boost your brain powerupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 08:55:00

Just like the right diet can prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, or cancer, health experts are finding that certain foods may boost your mind.

Study: Men have earlier memory lossupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 08:55:00

HLN's Susan Hendricks reports on a new study that finds men have earlier memory loss than women.

New Alzheimer's diagnosis guidelines?updated: Tue Jul 20 2010 12:13:00

There could be major changes to the way Alzheimer's is diagnosed.

Children of Alzheimer's sufferers want to know their riskupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 12:13:00

Greg Kalkwarf was a teenager when his grandfather told him and his brother, with increasing anger and frustration, "Dean, get out there and milk the cows!"

With crayons, brushes, an escape from Alzheimer'supdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 20:16:00

Every Friday morning, students walk into an art class in Atlanta, Georgia. Some look dazed, uncertain in their environment, as if it's vaguely familiar but they can't fully recognize where they are -- until they sit down and begin to draw.

Easing Alzheimer's with artupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 20:16:00

Volunteers in Atlanta help Alzheimer's patients create original works of art.

People.com: Seth Rogen Doesn't Regret Kissing, Getting Punched by Chris Pineupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 22:27:00

The funnyman reveals just how close he and the Star Trek heartthrob got backstage at a charity benefit

Alzheimer's hardest hitupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 16:41:00

CNN's Christi Paul reports more blacks and Hispanics suffer from Alzheimer's than whites.

'Drowning in Alzheimer's': Minorities struggle with dementiaupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 16:41:00

Francisca Terrazas could not be left alone.

Nutritional drink, imaging show promise for Alzheimer'supdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 10:16:00

Doctors are already good at diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in a patient with obvious symptoms, which include memory loss, vision problems and confusion. But the cutting-edge research is looking for the brain mechanisms of the condition at its earliest stages, maximizing the potential for intervention.

To cure Alzheimer's, invest in preventionupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 09:29:00

After the Alzheimer's came, my mother could not know how shadows fell across our once ebullient family: our solidarity fractured, our tempers flaring in furious incomprehension, hearts breaking in mute despair.

What to do when mom or dad doesn't recognize youupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 10:03:00

On Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will see the changes a year makes in their family -- how the children have grown, how relatives have aged.

Nancy Reagan leaves hospital after breaking pelvisupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 22:41:00

Former first lady Nancy Reagan has been released from a hospital after fracturing her pelvis during a fall at home last week, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Breakthrough drug 'could halt' Alzheimer'supdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 14:42:00

British researchers say a new drug could effectively halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease, offering hope to millions.

Time.com: Alzheimer's Research Holds Promiseupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 22:00:00

In a field of inquiry that has yielded much disappointment, scientists studying Alzheimer's disease announce some hopeful news

Time.com: Study: 'Pre-dementia' Rising in Menupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 16:00:00

New research shows that a milder type of mental decline that often precedes Alzheimer's disease is much more common than thought

Alzheimer's and fitnessupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 09:52:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how exercise could prevent or slow down the onset of Alzheimer's.

Time.com: Physical Fitness May Slow Alzheimer'supdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 19:00:00

Getting a lot of exercise may help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease, a preliminary study suggests

Early Alzheimer's patients pressing for research, resourcesupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 11:34:00

Don Hayen has a handy way of deflecting the instant pity that comes when he reveals his Alzheimer's disease: "But I haven't lost my keys all day," he quickly jokes.

Time.com: A Heart Drug May Hold Off Alzheimer's updated: Mon Aug 27 2007 18:00:00

A new study suggests that popular cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor may help not just the heart, but the brain as well

Time.com: Alzheimer's Cases May Quadrupleupdated: Thu Jun 14 2007 02:50:00

More than 26 million people worldwide have Alzheimer's disease, and a new forecast says the number will quadruple by 2050

Keeping your brain healthyupdated: Tue Aug 22 2006 12:11:00

One way to solve some of the "mysteries of the mind" is to keep your mind active as you get older.

CNNMoney: Evacuating senior citizensupdated: Fri Sep 23 2005 10:30:00

Today a bus carrying as many as 45 elderly evacuees from Houston exploded in flames. As many as 20 may have died.

FSB: Old Videosupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 00:01:00

Will you soon be plopping your ailing parent down in front of a video? If that sounds more like a strategy used on kids, it is because the folks behind Baby Einstein, which was acquired by Disney t...

Money Magazine: An exclusive interview with the new IRS boss; shopping by TV; new charity ratings; homeowner woes THREE BIG CHARITIES FAIL TO GEupdated: Sun Aug 01 1993 00:01:00

One way to check that a large charity is well managed -- before giving the group cash -- is to find out whether it has been approved by the two major nonprofit watchdog organizations: the National ...

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