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First Woman on Supreme Court: I Have Early- Stage Dementia

Sandra Day O'Connor is retreating from public life

(Newser) - Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, says she has the beginning stages of dementia and "probably Alzheimer's," per the AP . O'Connor made the announcement in a letter Tuesday. She said that her diagnosis was made "some time ago" and that... More »

Ted Turner Reveals His Diagnosis

The media mogul talks to Ted Koppel for 'CBS Sunday Morning'

(Newser) - The billionaire founder of CNN says he's been diagnosed with a progressive brain disorder called Lewy body dementia, People reports. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, 79-year-old Ted Turner calls it "a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer's. It's similar to that. But... More »

Tim Conway's Daughter: Put Me in Charge

The 'Carol Burnett' actor is suffering from dementia

(Newser) - The actor who made America laugh with the "Oldest Man" and "Mr. Tudball" is suffering from dementia, People reports. Tim Conway, perhaps best known for co-starring in The Carol Burnett Show in the 1970s, is at a nursing facility where he's barely responsive and has others tending... More »

David Cassidy Dropped a Bombshell Before He Died

He told A&E producer he was still drinking, didn't have dementia

(Newser) - To explain slurred speech and a near fall in the months before his November death from organ failure , David Cassidy publicly claimed he was suffering from dementia . Privately, he admitted his true disease. "There is no sign of me having dementia at this stage of my life. It was... More »

There's Another Reason to Avoid Heavy Drinking

Study finds it's a risk factor for dementia

(Newser) - A new study suggests that heavy drinking raises a person's risk for dementia, especially the early-onset variety. The research, published in Lancet Public Health , looked at 1.1 million French hospital patients diagnosed with dementia from 2008 to 2013. Of those patients, 16.5% of the men and 4%... More »

Nursing Homes Criticized Over Use of Antipsychotics

Numbers improving, but advocates the drugs are still overused for mere sedation

(Newser) - US nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and want the pressure to intensify. According to the latest data from the federal Centers for Medicare &... More »

Elderly Couple Dies Hours Apart in Freezing Cold

Ada Triebner had gone outside to find her husband, Grant

(Newser) - Funeral services were being held today for an elderly Ontario couple who died within hours after get caught outside during a brutal cold snap. Police in the small southwestern farming community of Bluewater, Ont., say they found the bodies of Grant Triebner, 90, and his wife, Ada, 83, on Wednesday... 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 »

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 »

Daily Diet Soda May Take Toll on Your Brain

Study suggests an increased risk of stroke and dementia

(Newser) - Diet soda might help with the waistline, but a new study suggests it's bad for the brain. Researchers in Massachusetts found that those who drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day were about three times as likely to experience a stroke or dementia compared to those who... 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 »

Sleeping Late May Be Early Warning of Dementia

Study found seniors who begin sleeping later were at double the risk

(Newser) - Seniors who indulge in a morning lie-in may want to take note. A new study found that older adults who slept more than nine hours a night were at double the risk of developing Alzheimer's and other neurological disorders, the New York Times reports. The red flag was limited... More »

David Cassidy Says He Is Battling Dementia

He's decided to stop touring

(Newser) - Sad news from '70s teen idol David Cassidy: The 66-year-old star says he is battling dementia, as his mother and grandfather did before him. "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," Cassidy tells People . He says he watched his mother... 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 »

The Unidentified Man Who Maybe Should've Stayed That Way

BBC helps solve the mysterious, sad tale of Roger Curry

(Newser) - "Roger Curry" was all that the gentleman with the American accent said when asked his name, and he said it only once. Thus begins the strange story Darragh MacIntyre spins for the BBC , following the mysterious trail of a man found wandering a parking lot in England in late... More »

Live Near Heavy Traffic? You Have Higher Dementia Risk

Study finds that those who live near major roads are more likely to develop dementia

(Newser) - Those who live near a high-traffic area may be at a higher risk of developing dementia, a new study out of Canada finds. Researchers looked at the records of more than 6.5 million Ontario residents ages 20 to 85 between 2001 and 2012, and found that within that group... More »

Man With Dementia Shot Dead by Cop Was Armed— With a Crucifix

Francisco Serna was killed after officer from Bakersfield, Calif., fired 7 rounds

(Newser) - More details are emerging out of California on the 73-year-old man with dementia who was shot dead by police on Monday. Police now say that Francisco Serna wasn't holding a gun, as one Bakersfield neighbor who called 911 reported, but instead a crucifix, the Los Angeles Times reports. "... More »

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