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Alzheimer's Disease: The Six Item Cognitive Impairment Test

With regards health, Alzheimer's Disease, and other forms of dementia, are often uppermost in the minds of aging persons today. Obviously nobody wants their life to end with their mental facilities gradually slipping away.

Protein linked to Alzheimer's discovered in brains as young as 20

In a study released today, researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois found traces of the protein amyloid in patients as young as 20. The abnormal protein is a cause of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia.

Study on Alzheimer's finds mood changes come before disease

A study on Alzheimer's Disease and dementia recently published found that common mood changes come long before the actual illnesses. These mood changes can indicate a person is likely to have Alzheimer's before more common symptoms begin to occur.

There's a village where dementia patients can lead a normal life

There is a Dutch village that allows those with dementia to live normal lives, while at the same time receiving proper care.

Five recommendations for dementia action in Canada Special

A new report released from the University of Saskatchewan-based Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) Team and the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (HQC) reveals the scope of dementia across the province.

Review: Drama brings demetia to another place in new Toronto production Special

Toronto - “When I add up the balance sheet of my life,” says Juliana (Tamsin Kelsey), a seemingly confident neurologist, in “The Other Place”, “the numbers say I'm happy.” But things are never as they look in this fresh depiction of mental illness.

Standing on one leg for 20 seconds can predict stroke risk

If you are unable to stand on one leg for more than 20 seconds, it can be a sign that you are at heightened risk of stroke, brain damage or reduced cognitive functioning.

Is a cure for Alzheimer’s disease on the horizon?

More than 5 million people are battling Alzheimer's disease in the U.S., and your odds of developing this medical condition increase with age.

Alzheimer's patients feel emotion after memories vanish

A new study says that Alzheimer's patients continue to feel emotion associated with events even after they have forgotten those specific happenings.

Would you want to know if you will get dementia? Special

If you had an incurable neurological disorder, would you want to know? This global study found that three out of four respondents said “yes”, even if there was no cure.

Op-Ed: Vitamin D deficiency increases Alzheimer’s, dementia risk

Sydney - In a surprise finding, researchers at University of Exeter Medical School have proven a link between Vitamin D deficiency and a massively increased risk of dementia. Findings showed a huge discrepancy in risk for those severely deficient in the vitamin.

UK Dementias research program launches

London - Some £16 million will be invested into neurodegenerative conditions research in the U.K. This includes developing new drug treatments and discovering methods of prevention.

102 year-old woman facing 2nd degree murder charges

Five years ago, a Massachusetts woman murdered her 100-year-old roommate in the nursing home where they lived. Now 102, the oldest defendant in the state's history might face a pending second-degree murder charge.

Radio personality Casey Kasem dead at 82

The original voice of American Top 40 and Shaggy from Scooby Doo, Casey Kasem has passed away Sunday morning. He was 82.

Vitamin E could be 'beneficial' for dementia

New research suggests that a daily dose of vitamin E could help people with dementia. This relates to people with conditions like Alzheimer's disease.

Highlights from the G8 Dementia summit

London - A special summit on dementia, convened by the G8, has taken place in London. During the summit a range of initiatives have been announced aimed at tackling the disease.

Study: Worldwide dementia cases will triple by 2050

London - The numbers of worldwide dementia sufferers increased by 22 percent over the last three years according to a new study published Thursday. By 2050, there could be almost 150 million sufferers globally.

Turkey Bowl 7: Charity vs. Charity Special

Bloomfield Hills - On Black Friday, two teams will face off in the 7th annual Turkey Bowl in West Bloomfield, Michigan. One team will walk off with bragging rights but Turkey Bowl is about more than a legacy on the field as Jason Boschan, founder of Run4Papa, tells me.

Alzheimer's disease protein varies between patients

Alzheimer’s disease proteins may contort differently in every patient, according to new research. This means that universal treatments may not be the answer.

Missing grandparents rescued with the help of Facebook

New Lenox - Grandparents should be treasured, which could be why there is now an annual Grandparents Day. It is a day of celebration but for the family of Bill Byerley Sunday's Grandparents Day was extra special after a scare when both grandparents went missing.

Why are Alzheimer's rates higher in wealthy countries?

People living in 'wealthy' countries appear more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease due to greatly reduced contact with bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. This leads to them having weaker immune systems.

Study: Drinking hot chocolate may ward off Alzheimer's

Looking for a way to keep your brain healthy and happy for as long as possible? New research findings conclude a daily dose of chocolate could prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Is a blood test for Alzheimer’s possible?

According to a new research paper, a new blood test has been developed which predicts Alzheimer’s disease with 93 percent accuracy.

Blood test that detects Alzheimer's nearing reality

A German research team believes that they are close to developing a blood test that can diagnose the brain-wasting Alzheimer's disease.

Dementia rates declining in UK

A new study suggests that the rate of dementia in the U.K. has decreased over the past two decades. This is a reversal to a previous period of steady increase.

Study: Later retirement can lower the risk of dementia

Boston - Working tends to keep people's brains active. A study reinforces that idea that if people keep using their brains, it might be able to prevent dementia.

Can cinnamon prevent Alzheimer's?

Some recent research suggests that an extract from cinnamon could help to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

New measures to improve dementia diagnosis rates

London - In the U.K., new efforts have been announced to tackle what the U.K. government has described as "shockingly low" rates of dementia diagnosis.

Minnesota woman with dementia voted twice, faces felony charge

Saint Peter - Margaret Schneider suffers from Parkinson's disease and dementia. The 86-year-old admitted she voted twice during the 2012 primaries and prosecutors say they had no choice but to charge her with voter fraud.

Concern over antipsychotic 'drug overuse' in nursing homes

A report has expressed concerns about the level of antipsychotic drug prescriptions throughout nursing homes in the U.S.
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