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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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Depression in middle age linked to dementiaupdated: Tue May 08 2012 05:39:00

People who have symptoms of depression in middle age may be at increased risk of dementia decades later, a new study suggests.

Hard to tell, but drug helps as Alzheimer's progresses updated: Thu Mar 08 2012 10:08:00

People with Alzheimer's disease who continue taking the drug donepezil (Aricept) do get some benefit even as their symptoms worsen, a new study suggests.

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.

Obama to boost Alzheimer's research fundingupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 12:17:00

The Obama administration will push for a $156 million increase in funding for Alzheimer's research over the next two years, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.

Is weight loss an early warning sign of Alzheimer's?updated: Mon Nov 21 2011 16:57:00

Over the past several years, researchers have noticed an odd pattern in the relationship between body weight and Alzheimer's disease: Middle-aged people have a higher long-term risk of developing the disease if they're overweight or obese, while older people have a lower risk of the disease if they're carrying excess weight.

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.

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.

Do flu shots increase Alzheimer's risk?updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 07:32:00

Do flu shots make you susceptible to Alzheimer's?

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.

Diabetes doubles Alzheimer's riskupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 16:55:00

People with diabetes are at increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke at an early age, but that's not the only worry. Diabetes appears to dramatically increase a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia later in life, according to a new study conducted in Japan.

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.

The search for an Alzheimer's cureupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 06:09:00

Rudolph Tanzi and Henry McCance explain how a venture capital-style funding model helps to fight Alzheimer's disease.

In early Alzheimer's, work is possible with supportupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 06:09:00

About 200,000 Americans are estimated to have early-onset Alzheimer's disease, which means the disease is found before age 65. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, and it a causes significant memory and thinking problems. There is no cure.

Could eye exams detect Alzheimer's?updated: Mon Jul 25 2011 07:34:00

Elizabeth Cohen discusses new research that suggests that eye exams may help doctors detect early signs of Alzheimer's.

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.

Alzheimer's research must be acceleratedupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 16:27:00

Alzheimer's disease is rapidly becoming one of the most critical health issues facing America. With the aging of the baby boomers into the period of risk for Alzheimer's disease, it is essential that research be accelerated to possibly delay the onset or slow the progression of the disease.

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:"

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.

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.

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.

New guidelines for Alzheimer'supdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 11:59:00

Researchers expand the definition of Alzheimer's disease, recognizing it may be present long before symptoms appear.

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.

When Alzheimer's turns violentupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 21:58:00

One minute, Sam Cohen, 80, points to photos of his kids and talks about how his son wanted to become an actor.

Reducing risks of Alzheimer's diseaseupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 21:52:00

What can you do to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease? Some medical and lifestyle suggestions.

Doctors explain battle to beat Alzheimer'supdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 21:52:00

In the Colombian region of Antioquia, members of 28 extended families develop early-onset Alzheimer's in their 40s.

Alzheimer cluster sparks dream of cureupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 21:49:00

It's a cruel disease that strips away a person's identity until they can no longer remember their loved ones or feed themselves. But normally, Alzheimer's does not attack until old age.

Aging workforce means dementia on the job could riseupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 08:19:00

The changes may be subtle, especially at first: An aging executive misses an appointment or two, or can't recall what was said in last week's meeting. A doctor who's nearing retirement suddenly blanks on a longtime patient's name.

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.

Fish oil ingredient doesn't slow Alzheimer'supdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 10:09:00

An essential nutrient found in fish oil does not appear to slow the mental decline associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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.

Daily vitamin B could slow Alzheimer's onset, study findsupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 10:01:00

Daily doses of vitamin B can halve the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can be a precursor to Alzheimer's, researchers at Oxford University said Thursday.

Better understanding of dementia leading to more effective therapiesupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 08:22:00

Last week, I answered a question about the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Today I want to talk a little about how dementia is treated.

Are hallucinations an Alzheimer's symptom?updated: Thu Aug 26 2010 08:14:00

Is hearing things that aren't there a symptom of Alzheimer's? Is Alzheimer's treatable?

Diabetes-prone people at risk for Alzheimer's plaquesupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 20:50:00

People at risk for type 2 diabetes are also more likely to have brain abnormalities associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from Japan. The study is the latest evidence of a diabetes-dementia link.

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!"

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

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

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.

Despite widespread claims, little proof for brain supplementsupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 08:20:00

In the fight against memory loss, nothing is certain, doctors say.

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.

Alzheimer's gene may impair middle-aged memoryupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 10:10:00

People with a gene variant that sharply increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease in old age may show memory impairment earlier than thought -- sometimes well before their 60th birthday, according to new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

GPS shoe to track Alzheimer's patientsupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 06:50:00

A new shoe outfitted with a GPS chip aims to offer peace of mind to Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.

Alzheimer's riskupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 16:58:00

New brain scans may show who is more likely to develop Alzheimer's. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.

Brain scan may reveal risk for Alzheimer's diseaseupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 16:58:00

Brain scans may identify which patients suffering from mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, are likely to progress to Alzheimer's disease, and who will probably not develop the disease, according to a new study. The findings, published in April 2009 issue of the journal Radiology, could help in developing new drugs for Alzheimer's. More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, about 3.5 million have mild cognitive impairment.

Less-stressed people may have lower dementia riskupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 10:00:00

People with a stable mood and better capacity to handle stressful situations without anxiety have a reduced risk of developing dementia, according to a study published this week in the journal Neurology.

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.

Statins not a wonder drug for Alzheimer'supdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:55:00

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins are often hailed as "wonder drugs." But a study published in the January 2008 issue of the journal Neurology says they don't protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease.

Time.com: Alzheimer's Protein Tracked in Injured Brainsupdated: Fri Aug 29 2008 20:00:00

cientists for the first time have peered into people's brains to directly measure the ebb and flow of a substance notorious for its role in Alzheimer's disease

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

Treating Alzheimer'supdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 14:52:00

Researchers are studying whether blood pressure drugs can be used to treat Alzheimer's.

Time.com: Fit Alzheimer's Patients Better Offupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 10:00:00

Patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease who performed better on a treadmill test had less atrophy in the areas of the brain that control memory

Time.com: Alzheimer's Vaccine Stopped Plaque, Not Dementiaupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 14:00:00

Some doctors have long suspected that if the plaque that builds up in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease could be removed, they could be saved. But a new vaccine that did just that suggests the theory is wrong

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

Time.com: New Clue to the Cause of Alzheimer'supdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 17:35:00

The brains of people with the memory-robbing form of dementia are cluttered with a plaque made up of beta-amyloid, a sticky protein

Time.com: Bright Lights May Hold Off Dementiaupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 19:00:00

A new study shows that patients in nursing homes with brighter lights do better than those in dimly lit facilities. Why?

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: Can Alzheimer's Be Prevented?updated: Mon May 19 2008 12:35:00

Walter Kukull, of the U.S. National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center, talks potentiallly preventing Alzheimer's disease

Call for Alzheimer's fundingupdated: Wed May 14 2008 22:48:00

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor calls for increased funding for Alzheimer's research.

Time.com: Study: Painkillers Don't Help Elderlyupdated: Mon May 12 2008 20:00:00

Results from a large government experiment are dimming hopes that two common painkillers can prevent Alzheimer's disease

Belly fat and dementiaupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 11:13:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a study that links abdominal fat to an increased risk of dementia later in life.

CNNMoney: Drugmakers prospect for Alzheimer's goldupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 09:03:00

Alzheimer's patients are in dire need of a disease-stopping drug, and the company that comes up with one could harvest tens of billions of dollars in annual sales.

Body of Knowledge: Mastectomyupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 09:03:00

CNN's Alina Cho looks at a young woman who chose to get a mastectomy to decrease her chances of getting breast cancer.

Love and Alzheimer'supdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 10:32:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about how common it is for Alzheimer's patients to find new love.

Time.com: Is Alzheimer's a Form of Diabetes?updated: Thu Oct 18 2007 15:00:00

New research shows that insulin plays a key role in the brain -- and in the onset of Alzheimer's disease, prompting some researchers to call it "type 3" diabetes

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

Spices and herbs may help you avoid diseaseupdated: Fri Dec 22 2006 12:53:00

Imagine going to your doctor with joint pain and leaving with a prescription for ginger.

Diabetes, obesity can increase your Alzheimer's riskupdated: Mon Nov 06 2006 12:20:00

November is National Alzheimer's Disease month. CNN medical correspondent Judy Fortin talked about the illness with Dr. John Morris, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Brainteaser: Scientists dissect mystery of genius updated: Mon Sep 11 2006 12:35:00

A young man in a white physician's coat and a bow tie is walking toward us down the sidewalk, a plastic five-gallon bucket swinging from his hand.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jul 07 2005 15:02:00

Braniacs rule

First lady: Stem-cell research ethical balancing actupdated: Wed Jun 09 2004 10:36:00

First lady Laura Bush, whose father died of Alzheimer's disease -- the same illness that afflicted Ronald Reagan -- said the nation needs to treat the issue of stem-cell research with delicacy.

Ronald Reagan dies at 93updated: Sat Jun 05 2004 08:47:00

Former President Ronald Reagan died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 93.

Fortune: Alzheimer's Uneaseupdated: Mon Oct 28 2002 00:01:00

A common concern I hear from patients is that they're having trouble remembering names and dates. What they're really worried about is Alzheimer's disease. Anyone who's seen someone struggling with...

Fortune: A Pill To Help You Remember Suddenly the race is on to develop the thinking person's Viagra.updated: Mon Nov 12 2001 00:01:00

If you want instant rapport with someone over 40, try mentioning that your memory is going downhill. About 70 million anxious baby-boomers will be eager to bond with you. You'll quickly come to see...

Fortune: TECHNOLOGY TO WATCH FINALLY, HOPE FOR CURING ALZHEIMER'S Scientists are starting to learn how the debilitating disease attacks cupdated: Mon Sep 07 1992 00:01:00

Researchers may at last have found a promising path toward treatment of Alzheimer's disease. No one has yet discovered a way to stop or slow down this devastating malfunction of the brain, which ro...

Fortune: An Anti-Alzheimer's Drug updated: Mon Dec 08 1986 00:01:00

Visions of an eventual $1-billion-plus market sparked a race to develop a memory-enhancing drug, especially for victims of Alzheimer's disease (FORTUNE, January 20). In mid-November private researc...

Fortune: MEDICINE'S NEXT MARVEL: THE MEMORY PILL In five years drug companies will probably be marketing pills that aid victims of Alzheiupdated: Mon Jan 20 1986 00:01:00

WE'D ALL LIKE a better memory, but for most of us the occasional lapse is only a fleeting embarrassment. Not so for the more than 25 million Americans over 65, whose ranks are growing three times f...

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