3 early symptoms that may indicate later Alzheimer’s

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A study found that consistently worrying about our memory—think rushing to WebMD every day to determine whether or not occasionally forgetting the route to a friend’s house means we’re destined to develop Alzheimer’s—is a sign that we may have a lower risk of receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The study found that forgetting your own forgetfulness is more concerning and could be an early sign of dementia.

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Know the signs and talk about it

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A survey released this week by the Alzheimer’s Association finds that nearly 90 percent of Americans say they would want others to tell them if they were showing signs of memory loss or other symptoms of dementia. And yet, nearly three quarters of Americans say having that conversation would be “challenging” for them.

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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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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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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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Look me in the eyes

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Results from two studies show that a new, non-invasive imaging device can see signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a matter of seconds. The researchers show that the small blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye are altered in patients with Alzheimer’s. Even patients who have a family history of Alzheimer’s but have no symptoms show these telltale signs.

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Skinny-fat may indicate Alzheimer’s

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You can’t tell how healthy someone is just by looking at them, but that doesn’t mean people don’t make assumptions, especially when they’re factoring in weight. But what about people who are “skinny-fat”? According to a new study, this body type, which is characterized by a combination of high fat mass and low muscle mass, may actually be worse for your health than obesity alone.

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Watch out for your friends and family

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The early signs of Alzheimer’s centre around forgetfulness, which means that often loved ones – whether partners, family or friends – are best-placed to notice behavioral changes. Encouraging your partner to see his or her GP as early as possible is advisable.

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