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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.

Building relationships amid memory lossupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 13:37:00

On a recent late night in New Jersey, Adam Robb sat up with Dulcie Laurance, lulling her back to sleep.

Age-related memory loss more common in men, study findsupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 16:04:00

Men in their 70s and 80s may be more likely than women of the same age to develop the memory loss and cognitive problems that often herald Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found.

Memory, mental function begin slipping as early as age 45updated: Fri Jan 06 2012 10:25:00

For years, many experts have maintained that the subtle changes in memory and mental function that occur naturally as we get older rarely begin before age 60.

Study: Cancer treatments and memoryupdated: Fri Jan 06 2012 10:25:00

Barbara Hall tell us about a new study that finds breast cancer treatments can cause memory loss for patients.

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.

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 to cut your risk of memory lossupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 11:35:00

When Darla Arni's mother began showing the first signs of dementia 16 years ago, Arni worried she was doomed to the same fate.

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.

People.com: Glen Campbell Speaks About His Memory Loss from Alzheimer'supdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 17:49:00

"I'm right in the middle of a sentence, man - and it just goes, pew," the star says about his memory loss

SI.com: Pat Summitt diagnosed with dementia, plans to coach this seasonupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 19:11:00

Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt has no plans to stop coaching despite being diagnosed with early onset dementia.

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.

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.

Former NFL players: League concealed concussion risksupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 19:16:00

Seventy-five former professional football players are suing the National Football League, saying the league knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects of concussions on players' brains but concealed the information from players, coaches, trainers and others until June 2010.

Cause for alarm: Antipsychotic drugs for nursing home patientsupdated: Tue May 31 2011 16:15:00

When a loved one moves into a nursing home, the support of family and friends is particularly important. This is especially true when the nursing home patient has dementia and can't adequately advocate on his or her own behalf.

In defense of antipsychotic drugs for dementiaupdated: Tue May 31 2011 16:13:00

The Office of the Inspector General believes it has just unearthed a public health scandal. Evidently, according to a report it released recently, predatory psychiatrists are prescribing deadly, ineffective drugs to our senior citizens in nursing homes throughout the country.

Duerson asked for brain to be studiedupdated: Tue May 03 2011 07:53:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with the family of a former NFL player who committed suicide.

Duerson brain tissue analyzed: Suicide linked to brain diseaseupdated: Tue May 03 2011 07:53:00

His was a suicide with a macabre twist. In February, former Chicago Bears safety David Duerson shot himself in the chest, but not before leaving behind a note requesting his brain be studied for evidence of a disease striking football players.

Tests reveal former NFL player suffered from brain diseaseupdated: Tue May 03 2011 06:05:00

His was a suicide with a macabre twist. In February, former Chicago Bears safety David Duerson shot himself in the chest, but not before leaving behind a note requesting that his brain be studied for evidence of a disease striking football players.

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.

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.

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.

The dark descent of an unlikely victimupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 12:07:00

It's spring 2006, and a woman I vaguely recognize approaches me at a party, her auburn wig askew and a glass of wine wobbling in her hand. She announces cheerfully that, at 63, she has recently retired from the Virginia newspaper where I still work.

Could my memory loss really be depression?updated: Tue Mar 29 2011 18:27:00

I am having significant memory problems that my M.D. thinks are due to depression, but I wonder if such severe problems can be accounted for by depression. I have had dysthymia my whole life. I admit I have a lot of stress in my life and may even be more depressed than I have been in the past, but I have never had these problems before. Here are some examples of things I forget on a daily basis (multiple times a day, actually) : not knowing why I'm in the car driving, not able to remember longtime friends' names, my dog's name, can't remember the names of common objects, putting keys, laundry, etc. in the refrigerator. This is affecting my professional and personal life. Could this really be just depression?

Hearing loss may be an early sign of dementiaupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 06:18:00

Gradual hearing loss is a common symptom of aging, but in some people it may also be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a new study suggests.

2010: Mental stimulation and dementiaupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 06:18:00

Mental exercises won't prevent Alzheimer's disease, but they may delay it. Patty Lane has more in the Health Minute.

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.

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.

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.

I'm worried my mom has dementiaupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 08:27:00

My mum is 67 and has suffered depression on and off all her life. She is just coming off medication from which she was having side effects: excessive sweating, and most disturbing, a shocking loss of short-term memory. She knows that she can't remember but she is extremely worried that she may have the beginning of Alzheimer's disease. She has episodes of being excessively high in her mood swings and appears confused and does not seem to be aware of her surroundings and what she is saying or doing. She then seems to come around and the next day she seems perfectly normal but says she can't remember anything about the episode. I wonder if she is suffering from some form of dementia.

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.

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.

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.

Can memory lapses be a sign of identity disorder?updated: Tue Sep 07 2010 17:54:00

If a person has had a traumatizing year and is finding himself having lapsing memories, is this a sign that he or she has developed dissociative identity disorder?

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?

Depression may raise risk of dementia, Alzheimer's, study saysupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 15:08:00

The link between depression and dementia has always been unclear, but a new study supports the theory that depression increases dementia risk.

Is it Alzheimer's disease or depression?updated: Tue Jun 29 2010 08:38:00

How can you tell if someone is suffering from Alzheimer's disease or if it is just depression?

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.

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

Francisca Terrazas could not be left alone.

Revised psychiatry manual targets autism, substance disordersupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 13:41:00

People with Asperger's syndrome would be included in the same diagnostic group as people with autism and pervasive developmental disorders, according to new guidelines under consideration by the American Psychiatric Association.

Mediterranean diet may help prevent dementia, study saysupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 16:01:00

Eating a diet rich in healthy fats and limiting dairy and meat could do more than keep your heart healthier. It could also help keep you thinking clearly.

Ex-NFL players feel concussions' long-lasting damageupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 21:05:00

For more than 20 years, former San Francisco 49ers lineman George Visger has lived his life out of hundreds of small yellow notebooks. In them he scrawls the minutiae of his daily life: "4:45 am left house. 2 stops to find coffee and a roll. Paper work till 9:25. 10:05 Ed called."

Ginkgo doesn't work: Are there better ways to save your brain?updated: Tue Dec 29 2009 16:21:00

Ginkgo biloba has failed -- again -- to live up to its reputation for boosting memory and brain function. Just over a year after a study showed that the herb doesn't prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a new study from the same team of researchers has found no evidence that ginkgo reduces the normal cognitive decline that comes with aging.

Can depression cause memory loss?updated: Tue Dec 15 2009 12:09:00

My husband, age 39, was diagnosed with manic depression/bipolar disorder approximately two years ago. He suffers from recurrent bouts of depression and is currently in a depressive phase. He does not have very many manic phases at all. His short-term memory is getting progressively worse. Lately he cannot seem to remember how to get to places that he had just visited two or three days before. This has happened three times in the past week alone. Is there a correlation between recurrent bouts of depression and memory loss? I would question the medications as a factor, but he has not changed meds in many months and the episodes of memory loss have been in recent weeks. I would appreciate any information you can give me, as the primary caregiver you can imagine that this whole ordeal is very difficult.

Rare dementias rob personality, then lifeupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 12:10:00

Life was good for Kenny Sparks. A handsome man with a big smile, he was well-known in his town of Little Compton, Rhode Island. He had a loving wife, two beautiful, college-age children and was the co-owner of a multimillion-dollar contracting business.

Disease stymies businessmanupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 12:10:00

A man in the prime of his life suddenly has difficulty communicating due to a rare disease. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Camera catches all life's detailsupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 11:08:00

Watch images from SenseCam, a miniature camera that automatically captures every detail of life.

Life-logging camera brings new hope for memory-loss patientsupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 11:08:00

A small, wearable camera that captures images automatically could change the way memory loss patients, in particular those with Alzheimer's, are treated, experts say.

House panel considers brain injuries and NFL playersupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 17:36:00

Are professional football players at greater risk of dementia and other neurological problems?

NFL players at risk?updated: Wed Oct 28 2009 17:36:00

The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on legal issues relating to pro football head injuries.

Study: Cholesterol levels tied to increased risk for dementiaupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 19:52:00

People as young as 40 with borderline or high cholesterol levels are at increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia, said a Kaiser Permanente study released Tuesday.

Report: Alzheimer's cases to nearly double every 20 yearsupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 07:15:00

The number of people with dementia globally is estimated to nearly double every 20 years, according to a report released Monday for World Alzheimer's Day.

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.

Can playing football lead to brain damage?updated: Mon Mar 09 2009 07:38:00

Here's a question to worry "soccer moms" and professional footballers alike: Can playing football lead to long-term brain injury?

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.

How does nutrition affect dementia?updated: Mon Dec 15 2008 15:55:00

How can poor nutrition and vitamin deficiency affect your health, as far as dementia?

Five ways to keep Alzheimer's awayupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 19:30:00

Blanche Danick may be 86 years old, but she's pretty hip. She keeps up with all the latest health news, and a while back, she called her daughter wanting to know whether she should start taking the herb ginkgo biloba. She'd heard it might stave off Alzheimer's disease.

Empowered patientupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 19:30:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a new study that suggests ginkgo biloba doesn't work in preventing Alzheimer's disease.

Study: Ginkgo doesn't cut dementia riskupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 17:56:00

The popular herb ginkgo biloba does not reduce the risk of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, according to a study of more than 1,500 elderly patients who took the supplement. Often touted as a way to preserve aging memories, no large-scale, randomized clinical trial -- until now -- has thoroughly evaluated the safety and effectiveness of ginkgo biloba extract as a way to prevent dementia.

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

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?

Preventing risky drug mixesupdated: Thu May 29 2008 15:06:00

Senior citizens are taking more drugs than ever, and they can have dangerous interactions. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Is Grandma drugged up?updated: Thu May 29 2008 15:06:00

One cold November weekend five years ago, Kelli Phillips and her husband traveled from their home in Norman, Oklahoma, to Kansas City, Missouri, to watch their beloved Oklahoma Sooners play in a Big 12 championship against Kansas State. Checking into the hotel, they looked forward with great excitement to the game.

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

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.

Pregnancy does cause memory loss, study says updated: Tue Feb 05 2008 16:05:00

Science has now confirmed what expectant moms already know: Carrying a baby makes them more forgetful.

Time.com: Mild Exercise May Counter Dementiaupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 15:05:00

Just a few minutes of moderate daily exercise may stave off the signs of dementia in the elderly, a new study suggests

Experts: Senator's form of dementia usually forces people off jobsupdated: Thu Oct 04 2007 20:53:00

Four prominent neurologists say they cannot see how Sen. Pete Domenici can continue his work as a U.S. senator given his diagnosis with frontotemporal lobar degeneration, a type of dementia.

Time.com: Study: Estrogen May Fight Dementiaupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 16:00:00

Researchers are still figuring out the dangers and benefits of hormone replacement therapy, but two new studies give a boost to estrogen as a defense against dementia

Exhaustion, anger of caregiving get a nameupdated: Mon Aug 13 2007 02:12:00

Do you take care of someone in your family with a chronic medical illness or dementia? Have you felt depression, anger or guilt? Has your health deteriorated since taking on the responsibility of caregiving? If your answer is yes to any one of these, you may be suffering from caregiver stress.

Time.com: Does Alcohol Slow Dementia?updated: Fri May 25 2007 15:40:00

How can something can be healthy one day and unhealthy the next? A new study on alcohol and dementia shows that the results are usually more complicated than we think

SI.com: Dangerous games updated: Mon Apr 23 2007 12:42:00

The images on the large screen came one after another, each more disturbing and haunting than the other. There was Mike Webster shown naked from the waist up, lying dead on an autopsy table. There was Terry Long dead on an autopsy table with his tongue sticking out, still showing the pain of someone who had endured a prolonged death after ingesting antifreeze. Then there were simply the words of Dr. Bennet Omalu -- who didn't show pictures of Andre Waters because he shot himself -- as he described Waters' condition at his autopsy.

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.

CNNMoney: Pfizer sued over alleged Lipitor side effectsupdated: Thu Jun 08 2006 08:11:00

Lipitor, the world's top-selling drug from the world's leading pharmaceutical company, has been targeted by two lawsuits blaming it for memory loss and damage to the nervous system.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jan 19 2006 15:09:00

Saline solution

Money Magazine: Making Good Health a Guy Thingupdated: Sat Oct 01 2005 00:01:00

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Heartsick women at disadvantage

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

Braniacs rule

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu May 05 2005 15:06:00

The thick and thin of health

Remember thisupdated: Tue Mar 22 2005 08:39:00

The capitals of all 50 states. The name of your second-grade teacher. The location of your keys.

Fortune: The Brain An Owners Manual We baby-boomers have no intention of aging gracefully. Egged on by the multibupdated: Mon Oct 06 2003 00:01:00

MEMORY LOSS Michela Gallagher, Ph.D. Chair, Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

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...

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