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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... More »

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... More »

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.... More »

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 »

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... 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 »

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... More »

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?'"... More »

Search for Alzheimer's Treatment Is Dealt a Blow

Pfizer announced R&D on new drugs will cease

(Newser) - The Alzheimer's Association estimates that more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease—and that by 2050, that count could triple. But Pfizer on Saturday announced it's getting out of the Alzheimer's game, at least when it comes to researching potential new drugs. The company... More »

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 »

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