Scan Study Examines Possible Cause Of Age-Related Memory Loss

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HealthDay¬†(11/4, Dotinga) reports that according to a study published online Nov. 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, memory decline in older age may be because ‚Äúbrain networks become less able to maintain their separate functions.‚ÄĚ After using ‚Äúfunctional MRI scans to study the brains of 210 people aged 20 to 89,‚ÄĚ [...]

US Life Expectancy Reaches Record High

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USA Today (10/8, Copeland) reports that life expectancy in the United States rose in 2012 to a record high of 78.8 years, up from 78.7 years in 2011, “according to a new report on mortality in the USA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. “ Life expectancy for females [...]

Study: Worry Linked To Higher Risk Of Alzheimer’s

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The Washington Post (10/1, Kunkle) reports that middle-aged women who worry a lot may have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, citing a study unveiled Wednesday in American Academy of Neurology’s journal, Neurology. The paper notes that researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden “followed a group of women in their 40s, [...]

Case Reports: PET Imaging With Amyloid, Tau Tracers Help Clarify Dementia Diagnosis

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MedPage Today¬†(9/27, Walsh) reported that according to two case¬†reports¬†(9/29) dealing with ‚Äúprogressing dementia‚ÄĚ and published online Sept. 16 in the journal Translational Psychiatry, ‚ÄúPET imaging with amyloid and tau tracers helped to clarify the diagnosis by ruling out Alzheimer‚Äôs disease.‚ÄĚ Two new PET tracers, the [¬Ļ‚ĀłF]-florbetapir tracer and the [¬Ļ‚ĀłF]-T807 tau tracer, were discussed. Both [...]

Report Estimates 44 Million People Worldwide Are Living With Dementia

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CNN¬†(9/17, Tinker) reports that Alzheimer‚Äôs Disease International has issued its sixth annual¬†World Alzheimer‚Äôs Report¬†in which it reveals that ‚Äúan estimated 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia,‚ÄĚ and that figure ‚Äúis expected to nearly double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050‚ÄĚ due to rising life expectancies. The report also notes that ‚Äúthere [...]

Small Study: Human Brain May Compensate For Beta-Amyloid Protein Build-Up

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HealthDay¬†(9/16, Dallas) reports that according to a study published Sept. 14 in the journal Nature Neuroscience and partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, ‚Äúthe human brain may have a way to compensate for the build-up of‚ÄĚ beta-amyloid protein, which has been tied to Alzheimer‚Äôs. For the study, ‚Äú22 healthy young adults and 49 [...]