People who have symptoms of depression in middle age may be at increased risk of dementia decades later, a new study suggests.
People with Alzheimer's disease who continue taking the drug donepezil (Aricept) do get some benefit even as their symptoms worsen, a new study suggests.
Scientists say they "serendipitously" discovered that a drug used to treat a type of cancer quickly reversed Alzheimer's disease in mice.
The Obama administration will push for a $156 million increase in funding for Alzheimer's research over the next two years, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.
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.
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.
Shoes and other items with GPS devices in them can help track dementia patients. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Do flu shots make you susceptible to Alzheimer's?
How can nutrition affect your health, as far as risk of Alzheimer's disease? I have a strong family history and want to do everything that I can to avoid getting Alzheimer's.
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.
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.
Rudolph Tanzi and Henry McCance explain how a venture capital-style funding model helps to fight Alzheimer's disease.
About 200,000 Americans are estimated to have early-onset Alzheimer's disease, which means the disease is found before age 65. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, and it a causes significant memory and thinking problems. There is no cure.
Elizabeth Cohen discusses new research that suggests that eye exams may help doctors detect early signs of Alzheimer's.
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.
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.
Maria Shriver's father, Sargent Shriver, died from Alzheimer's in January after being diagnosed in 2003. In her first public remarks about her father since his death, Shriver spoke to Larry King about his battle with the disease, her thoughts on Alzheimer's research and why the disease is especially hard on women. Her interview can be seen in its entirety on Sunday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on "A Larry King Special, Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic." After her father's diagnosis, Shriver became a vocal advocate for Alzheimer's patients, families and caretakers. She partnered with the Alzheimer's Association to publish a groundbreaking study called "Alzheimer's in America: The Shriver Report on Women and Alzheimer's," which was just released in paperback. The Shriver report looked at Alzheimer's as a women's disease from the point of view of the patient, the family and the caregivers. Below is an excerpt of a letter introducing "The Shriver Report:"
I've always been interested in science and the brain. In college, I started studying changes in learning and memory in both young and aging humans and animals. As a natural extension of this, I studied Alzheimer's disease while pursuing my neuroscience degree in graduate school. I was fortunate enough to work with people with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's using advanced imaging techniques, such as PET and MRI scans, to investigate brain function.
Actor Seth Rogen and his fiancee, Lauren Miller, speak to CNN's Larry King about Miller's mother's Alzheimer's disease.
Seth Rogen may be known for starring in some raunchy comedies, but there's one issue he doesn't take lightly: Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers expand the definition of Alzheimer's disease, recognizing it may be present long before symptoms appear.
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.
A drug widely used to treat mild Alzheimer's disease appears to provide no benefit to this group of early stage patients, according to a new analysis of previously conducted research.
One minute, Sam Cohen, 80, points to photos of his kids and talks about how his son wanted to become an actor.
What can you do to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease? Some medical and lifestyle suggestions.
In the Colombian region of Antioquia, members of 28 extended families develop early-onset Alzheimer's in their 40s.
It's a cruel disease that strips away a person's identity until they can no longer remember their loved ones or feed themselves. But normally, Alzheimer's does not attack until old age.
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.
One Saturday morning, Austin Mobley noticed his mother staring at him blankly.
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.
People who consume lots of foods rich in vitamin B12 -- such as fish and fortified cereals -- may be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than people who take in less of the vitamin, a small study conducted in Finland suggests.
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.
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.
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.
Is hearing things that aren't there a symptom of Alzheimer's? Is Alzheimer's treatable?
People at risk for type 2 diabetes are also more likely to have brain abnormalities associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from Japan. The study is the latest evidence of a diabetes-dementia link.
There could be major changes to the way Alzheimer's is diagnosed.
Greg Kalkwarf was a teenager when his grandfather told him and his brother, with increasing anger and frustration, "Dean, get out there and milk the cows!"
Volunteers in Atlanta help Alzheimer's patients create original works of art.
Every Friday morning, students walk into an art class in Atlanta, Georgia. Some look dazed, uncertain in their environment, as if it's vaguely familiar but they can't fully recognize where they are -- until they sit down and begin to draw.
In the fight against memory loss, nothing is certain, doctors say.
CNN's Christi Paul reports more blacks and Hispanics suffer from Alzheimer's than whites.
Francisca Terrazas could not be left alone.
Doctors are already good at diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in a patient with obvious symptoms, which include memory loss, vision problems and confusion. But the cutting-edge research is looking for the brain mechanisms of the condition at its earliest stages, maximizing the potential for intervention.
After the Alzheimer's came, my mother could not know how shadows fell across our once ebullient family: our solidarity fractured, our tempers flaring in furious incomprehension, hearts breaking in mute despair.
People with a gene variant that sharply increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease in old age may show memory impairment earlier than thought -- sometimes well before their 60th birthday, according to new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
A new shoe outfitted with a GPS chip aims to offer peace of mind to Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.
New brain scans may show who is more likely to develop Alzheimer's. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.
Brain scans may identify which patients suffering from mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, are likely to progress to Alzheimer's disease, and who will probably not develop the disease, according to a new study. The findings, published in April 2009 issue of the journal Radiology, could help in developing new drugs for Alzheimer's. More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, about 3.5 million have mild cognitive impairment.
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.
On Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will see the changes a year makes in their family -- how the children have grown, how relatives have aged.
Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins are often hailed as "wonder drugs." But a study published in the January 2008 issue of the journal Neurology says they don't protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease.
cientists for the first time have peered into people's brains to directly measure the ebb and flow of a substance notorious for its role in Alzheimer's disease
British researchers say a new drug could effectively halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease, offering hope to millions.
In a field of inquiry that has yielded much disappointment, scientists studying Alzheimer's disease announce some hopeful news
Researchers are studying whether blood pressure drugs can be used to treat Alzheimer's.
Patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease who performed better on a treadmill test had less atrophy in the areas of the brain that control memory
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
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how exercise could prevent or slow down the onset of Alzheimer's.
Getting a lot of exercise may help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease, a preliminary study suggests
The brains of people with the memory-robbing form of dementia are cluttered with a plaque made up of beta-amyloid, a sticky protein
A new study shows that patients in nursing homes with brighter lights do better than those in dimly lit facilities. Why?
Don Hayen has a handy way of deflecting the instant pity that comes when he reveals his Alzheimer's disease: "But I haven't lost my keys all day," he quickly jokes.
Walter Kukull, of the U.S. National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center, talks potentiallly preventing Alzheimer's disease
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor calls for increased funding for Alzheimer's research.
Results from a large government experiment are dimming hopes that two common painkillers can prevent Alzheimer's disease
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a study that links abdominal fat to an increased risk of dementia later in life.
Alzheimer's patients are in dire need of a disease-stopping drug, and the company that comes up with one could harvest tens of billions of dollars in annual sales.
CNN's Alina Cho looks at a young woman who chose to get a mastectomy to decrease her chances of getting breast cancer.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about how common it is for Alzheimer's patients to find new love.
New research shows that insulin plays a key role in the brain -- and in the onset of Alzheimer's disease, prompting some researchers to call it "type 3" diabetes
A new study suggests that popular cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor may help not just the heart, but the brain as well
More than 26 million people worldwide have Alzheimer's disease, and a new forecast says the number will quadruple by 2050
Imagine going to your doctor with joint pain and leaving with a prescription for ginger.
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.
A young man in a white physician's coat and a bow tie is walking toward us down the sidewalk, a plastic five-gallon bucket swinging from his hand.
First lady Laura Bush, whose father died of Alzheimer's disease -- the same illness that afflicted Ronald Reagan -- said the nation needs to treat the issue of stem-cell research with delicacy.
Former President Ronald Reagan died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 93.
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