Alzheimer's Disease

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Bill Gates Donates $100M to Fighting Alzheimer's

The donation is personal, not from the Gates Foundation

(Newser) - Bill Gates has long been a philanthropist through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, donating millions to combat diseases and poverty. But the Microsoft co-founder has now decided to make a personal donation of his own. A big one. Gates says that he will be donating $100 million to fund... More »

Alzheimer's Cases to Rise Fastest in These 10 States

Alaska leads the pack with projected increase of 55% through 2025

(Newser) - Iowa is projected to see a 14% increase in Alzheimer's cases in the next eight years. Sound scary? That's nothing. Iowa actually has the lowest projected increase of any state in the country, per 24/7 Wall St , which cites a recent Alzheimer's Association report. The 10 states... More »

Women's Brains More Active Than Men's in 2 Key Areas

Those managing self-control and focus, as well as mood disorders

(Newser) - In the latest "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" debate, neuroscience jumps into the fray. In what UPI deems the "largest functional brain imaging survey ever," researchers from California's Amen Clinics used a type of 3D imaging to determine that women's brains are... More »

Alzheimer's May Afflict More Than Just Humans

Telltale signs have been observed in chimps

(Newser) - Humans are the only animal known to develop Alzheimer's disease, and an official diagnosis requires checking off this list of three things: dementia, which is observed through screenings, and two pathologic markers—amyloid plaques (sticky bunches of misfolded proteins) and neurofibrillary tangles (tau proteins clumped together and twisted around).... More »

Memories of Those With Dementia Are Forgotten, Not Gone

Study shows dementia just makes memories harder to access, doesn't destroy them

(Newser) - Rather than wiping out our memories, new research out of Columbia University suggests that dementia instead confuses the brain about which neurons store which memories, thereby making those memories harder to recall. In other words, the memories might remain—however deeply hidden—in the brain, and thus accessing them is... More »

Insulin: Appetite Suppressant? Researchers Say Maybe

First study of insulin's direct effect on behavior

(Newser) - Even people who don't have diabetes may some day take insulin if the findings from a small new study hold. Researchers report in the journal Nature Communications that, in what may be the first study to look at how insulin impacts behavior, the hormone may suppress one's appetite.... More »

Many People Being Treated for Alzheimer's May Not Have It

PET scans are expensive but could help refine treatment for patients

(Newser) - Diagnosing Alzheimer's is a guessing game—and many doctors are guessing wrong, according to early results from a new study presented Wednesday in London. The Washington Post reports doctors tested 4,000 Medicare patients with mild cognitive impairment or dementia and discovered many of them definitively do not have... More »

How Your Speech Could Offer Hint of Mental Decline

Verbal issues could be a clue to deteriorating cognitive state

(Newser) - Your speech may, um, help reveal if you're uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words, and other verbal changes may be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. Per the AP , researchers had 400 people without cognitive problems and... More »

Stress, Poverty Raise Alzheimer's Rates in This Group

Stressful social conditions may put African Americans at higher risk

(Newser) - New studies looking at how social conditions may affect risk of dementia found that living in stressful circumstances hits one group hardest: African Americans. According to NPR , four studies presented at an international conference in London Sunday all presented evidence linking poverty, disadvantage, and stressful life events to cognitive issues... More »

We're Facing a 'Tidal Wave' of Alzheimer's

Rate of deaths from Alzheimer's up 55% in 15 years: CDC

(Newser) - "A tidal wave of Alzheimer's disease" is now upon us and "it's not going away unless we do something serious about it," a rep for the Alzheimer's Association tells CBS News . That after a CDC report notes that the rate of deaths from Alzheimer'... More »

Devastating Diagnosis for Friday Night Lights Coach

Gary Gaines diagnosed with Alzheimer's at 68

(Newser) - The legendary Texas high school football coach who put "Friday Night Lights" into the national lexicon faces his biggest challenge yet. Gary Gaines, 68, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The Amarillo Globe-News reports the disease is in its early stages, and Gaines is not yet showing major symptoms.... More »

This Toddler Is Fighting 'Childhood Alzheimer's'

Marian, who is 18 months old, suffers from fatal Niemann Pick Type C disorder

(Newser) - One family has just gotten the kind of news every parent dreads, reports the Stir : Their 18-month-old daughter has an extremely rare, incurable, and fatal genetic disorder called Niemann Pick Type C, which is often referred to as childhood Alzheimer's. But there's a new drug currently in clinical... More »

New Test Predicts When You're Likely to Get Alzheimer's

Polygenic hazard score test created using genetic data of 70,000 people

(Newser) - A new genetic test can predict the age a person is likely to develop Alzheimer's and calculate a person's risk of developing the disease in a particular year, according to a study published Tuesday in PLOS Medicine . “For any given individual, for a given age and genetic... More »

Clinic Falsely Told Dozens They Had Alzheimer's, Suit Says

Patients sold their belongings, quit their jobs. One killed himself

(Newser) - More than 50 people are suing a now-closed clinic's former director and its owner, saying they were told they had Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. Most now know it's not true, while a few are awaiting confirmation. Some say they spent months undergoing treatment while planning... More »

A Former Football Star Blames Hits for Dementia

'I led with my head all the time,' says Mark Gastineau

(Newser) - A former big-name player in the NFL is blaming football for leaving him with serious brain-related health issues. In a phone call to WOR radio in New York, ex-Jets star Mark Gastineau revealed a disturbing diagnosis from a year ago, reports ESPN . "When my results came back, I had... More »

Sweating for the Oldies: Sauna Use May Cut Dementia Risk

Though study in Finland can't explain why

(Newser) - Here's one good reason to sweat it out in the sauna on your next visit to the gym: It could reduce your risk of dementia. In the first study of its kind, Finnish researchers found that men who used a sauna four to seven times a week were 66%... More »

American Lives Just Got a Month Shorter

US life expectancy falls for first time in 22 years

(Newser) - More than a month was slashed from an average American life in 2015, according to National Center for Health Statistics data. A person born in the US in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, compared to 78.9 years in 2014. Life expectancy also fell from 76.5... More »

Dementia Stats Defy Predictions

US rate is dropping as Americans get older

(Newser) - Good news for older Americans: A new study suggests that their odds of getting dementia are shrinking despite predictions to the contrary. While standardized tests showed 11.6% of Americans 65 and older had dementia in 2000, only 8.8% did in 2012, reports NBC News . What's more, people... More »

Even Subtle Loneliness Could Betray Early Onset Alzheimer's

People with high levels of amyloid were far more likely to feel lonely

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered a link between the levels of amyloid plaque in the brains of otherwise healthy seniors and feelings of loneliness, and the connection is strong enough to suggest possible screening. Reporting in the journal JAMA Psychiatry , researchers say that among the 43 women and 36 men they examined,... More »

Former NFL Coach Marty Schottenheimer Has Alzheimer's

Five years after diagnosis, Schottenheimer is staying positive

(Newser) - Marty Schottenheimer, the only man in the last quarter-century to post an overall winning record as coach of the Cleveland Browns, has Alzheimer's, ESPN reports. The 73-year-old Schottenheimer has been privately battling the disease since being diagnosed five years ago. "He’s in the best of health, [but]... More »

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