Alzheimer's Disease

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First Alzheimer's Blood Test Goes on Sale

It's can help diagnose the disease

(Newser) - It's here: The first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease is now on sale in the US. It hasn't actually been approved by the FDA; the AP reports it's instead being sold under "more general rules for commercial labs." Even so, it could...

Touching Dance to Swan Lake Also Comes With a Mystery

Ballerina with Alzheimer's puts in a moving performance, but her identity is puzzling

(Newser) - She was on death's doorstep. And still she danced. A moving video shared by the Asociacion Musica para Despertar, a Spanish organization that supports music therapy for those afflicted by memory loss, claims to show a former prima ballerina with Alzheimer's dancing a routine to Tchaikovsky's Swan ...

'5 Years Ago, I Would Have Told You It Was Science Fiction'

Scientists move closer to being able to detect Alzheimer's with a blood test

(Newser) - It could be the Holy Grail Alzheimer's researchers have been looking for: "This blood test very, very accurately predicts who’s got Alzheimer’s disease in their brain, including people who seem to be normal." That's how an Alzheimer's disease researcher not involved with a...

Blocked From Visiting Husband, Wife Gets Creative

Mary Daniel becomes part-time dishwasher at assisted living facility

(Newser) - She runs a small company that helps people navigate health care bills, but Mary Daniel is also now working as a part-time dishwasher. But hers isn't a story about a struggle to pay the bills—it's about her desire to see her ailing husband. As USA Today explains,...

B. Smith is Dead at 70

The lifestyle guru and restaurateur battled early onset Alzheimer's disease

(Newser) - Model, restaurateur and lifestyle guru Barbara "B." Smith has died at her Long Island home, her family announced in a statement on social media. She was 70, the AP reports. Smith died Saturday evening after battling early onset Alzheimer's disease, which she was diagnosed with in 2013....

Rip Torn's Cause of Death Revealed

Actor died from complications of Alzheimer's: TMZ

(Newser) - We finally know what killed actor Rip Torn. It was Alzheimer's, according to a death certificate obtained by TMZ . The 88-year-old died at his Connecticut home in July , but no cause of death was given at the time. The certificate lists the death as due to or related to...

Dr. Oz Reveals the 'Gut Punch' That's Made Him Feel Guilty

His mom has Alzheimer's, and he missed the signs early on

(Newser) - Dr. Mehmet Oz will be sharing some personal news on The Dr. Oz Show on Monday, and it's news that has brought him a great deal of guilt. People reports Oz has received what he calls a "gut punch": the revelation that his 81-year-old mother, Suna, has Alzheimer'...

Excessive Daytime Naps May Be Alzheimer's Signal

Researchers say the disease directly attacks part of the brain that keeps us awake

(Newser) - The health benefits of an afternoon nap have been long extolled, but a new need for excessive daytime napping may come with a red flag. Researchers from UC San Francisco say the trait could be an early warning sign of Alzheimer's, reports Live Science . In the new study in...

Blood Test Could Get Rid of 'Coin-Tossing' on Alzheimer's

Researchers excited about test that detects beta-amyloid protein, an indicator of disease

(Newser) - It's not easy to diagnose Alzheimer's: With doctors able to make that pronouncement based only on limited information such as patient and family interviews and mental acuity tests, the accuracy rate of such a conclusion hovers between 50% and 60%—"about the same as tossing a coin,...

These 5 Behaviors May Hold Off Alzheimer's

Study finds lifestyle choices may have a big impact

(Newser) - Alzheimer's is still an incurable disease, but a new study finds that certain lifestyle choices appear to protect against mental decline and stave off the disease—even in people with an increased genetic risk of dementia. Researchers found that people engaging in four out of the following five key...

Lifestyle Can Affect Your Chance of Getting Alzheimer's

Good health habits can reduce your chance of a diagnosis, study finds

(Newser) - A healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these mind-destroying diseases, a large study has found. People with high genetic risk and poor health habits were about three times more likely to...

Singer Steve Lawrence Doesn't Want Pity for His Latest News

83-year-old performer, half of 'Steve and Eydie' duo with late wife Eydie Gorme, has Alzheimer's

(Newser) - Steve Lawrence, the singer and performer who's best known as half of the musical duo Steve and Eydie, has Alzheimer's. Lawrence, who was married to Eydie Gorme for more than 55 years until her death in 2013 , announced the diagnosis in a letter released through his spokesperson Tuesday,...

Scientists Find Another Kind of Dementia

It's called LATE, and it erodes memory

(Newser) - Call it good news/bad news: What looks like Alzheimer's disease might not be Alzheimer's at all. But it is a form of dementia that's been overlooked until now, Quartz reports. New research published in Brain has identified LATE, or limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy, a memory-eroding disease that...

Elderly Woman Opens Her Window. Then This

Woman with Alzheimer's makes scary escape attempt

(Newser) - A gutsy octogenarian crawled out of her high-rise in China and scaled down 10 stories before someone hauled her back in, the New York Post reports. The woman, who apparently has Alzheimer's, escaped the 14th-floor apartment where family had locked her inside. Video shows her carrying a red bag...

B. Smith's Spouse: I've Kept My Vows, Despite GF

Dan Gasby, taking a lot of flak for extramarital relationship, goes on 'The View' to defend himself

(Newser) - For more than a month, Dan Gasby has been defending his decision to not only start dating girlfriend Alex Lerner while his wife, lifestyle guru and restaurateur B. Smith, deals with her Alzheimer's—but also to give Lerner her own room in the home he still shares with Smith....

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...

A Shift in Alzheimer's Strategy: Prevention

2 new studies aim to prevent early plaque formation

(Newser) - It may be too late to stop Alzheimer's in people who already have some mental decline. But what if a treatment could target the earliest brain changes while memory and thinking skills are still intact, in hope of preventing the disease? Two big studies are going to try, per...

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...

These Slices of Human Brains Revealed an Alzheimer's Clue

Study finds potential link between 2 herpes viruses and Alzheimer's

(Newser) - It's not a we-figured-it-out moment, but it may be a clue. Scientists have discovered that two highly common herpes viruses tend to be present in an "increased" way in the brains of people who suffered from Alzheimer's, according to a study published Thursday in Neuron of nearly...

Man With Alzheimer's Marries His True Love. Again

'There's been a lot of sadness ... today has been pure joy'

(Newser) - Michael Joyce was having trouble sleeping Jan. 14, so Linda Joyce took her 68-year-old husband's hand and asked him what he needed to get off his chest. "He looked at me with tears in his eyes and with a stutter he said, 'Will you marry me?'"...

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