Alzheimer’s not limited to the elderly

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The majority of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease fit into a certain stereotype: senior citizens well over age 65, primarily women. For many people, this “senility” is not surprising. It’s even expected. But when the afflicted person is younger – in the prime of life – people are confused. Family members may be upset or angry. Doctors often are at a loss for a diagnosis.

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Not all dementia is Alzheimer’s

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In the U.S., older people with dementia are usually told they have Alzheimer’s disease.

But a range of other brain diseases can also impair thinking and memory and judgment, according to scientists attending a summit on dementias held Thursday and Friday at the National Institutes of Health.

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Latest research findings on Alzheimer’s

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Next avenue has a great article about the latest theories concerning what causes Alzheimer’s. We link to it below. So far, the results have been beyond disappointing. A class of drugs called “acetylcholinesterase inhibitors” offer marginal functional improvements, but that’s been it. Things are starting to change, though.

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A new study and here is what the researchers say:

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“It would be nice if we could draw a blood test when you’re 50 or 60, monitor you every five years, be alerted of your amyloid levels, and a pill or infusion that’s going to help stave off Alzheimer’s,” said Joseph Shimon Kass, M.D., director of neurology at Baylor College of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center. “We’re nowhere near that, but this study brings us closer to that possibility.”

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Alzheimer’s screening lacking in Sr Wellness exams

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Primary care doctors are really good at checking seniors’ cholesterol levels and blood pressure but often fail to use tests that could detect dementia.

Fewer than half of primary care doctors surveyed say they routinely test patients 65 and older for problems with memory and thinking, according to a report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Global perspective

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Do you know that Global Perspective is the newsletter for Alzheimer’s Disease International: The International Federation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Societies, Inc.

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The end to senior moments near?

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A new drug shows promising results: Early results indicate that the drug could reverse natural, age-related cognitive decline. Researchers also believe that it might help patients whose memories are impaired because of conditions such as depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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A pill to treat Alzheimer’s

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As powerful as the human brain is, once it’s damaged it can’t really recover completely. Now researchers at Penn State may have found a way to boost the brain’s regenerative abilities, using certain molecules to convert neighboring cells into new neurons. The technique could eventually lead to pills that treat brain injuries, stroke or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Bloodtest for Alzheimer’s

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A team of researchers from Australia, the U.K. and Sweden has found a possible method to test blood samples for Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their testing system and its performance.

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Alzheimer’s and hearing loss

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A new study says hearing may play a critical role in brain power. We often just think it’s frustrating when we can’t hear well or if you have a spouse or a loved one that you have to repeat things to a lot. But now, a new study in Alzheimer’s and Dementia shows hearing loss is linked to cognitive decline, especially if you don’t get something such as hearing aids to boost it.

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Experience Alzheimer’s

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Molly Fogel is part of the crusade to help people better understand what it’s like living with this illness. That’s where virtual reality comes in.

“Virtual reality helps you become part of Harry’s morning,” Fogel explains of the program. “You will be in his shoes.

“It’s a 3 minute and 12 second experience.”

The video goes through the first part of Harry’s day. He has Alzheimer’s.

During the VR experience, users will experience things like blurry vision, hallucinations, confusion and disorganization.

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Sanfilippo Syndrome

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Eliza O’Neill, nine, suffers from Sanfilippo SyndromeAlso known as ‘childhood Alzheimer’s,’ children with the devastating disease have progressive dementiaWith each year, they lose mental and physical abilities and few live beyond their teenage years

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