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What Causes Dementia?

What Causes Dementia?

Reseachers are hard at work trying to figure out what causes dementia. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), they are trying to learn the process associated with an Alzheimer’s cause. They are learning that there’s a multifactorial process associated with AD, triggered by a combination of environmental and genetic

Is Dementia Hereditary?

Is Dementia Hereditary?

Your genetic background is responsible, at least in part, for your propensity to inherit certain medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. The more family members you have who are affected by certain types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, the greater your risk becomes. So, strictly speaking, is dementia

The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The critical difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia is that Alzheimer’s is a specific disease and dementia is a term used to describe symptoms that can be caused by a number of different diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD). So, the answer to the question, “Is there a difference between Alzheimer’s and

8. Helping Yourself

This is an exciting time for Alzheimer’s drug development, but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and wait until new drugs become available. Take proactive steps today to preserve your memory and prevent dementia. There is good evidence that just by making better choices each day, like eating right,

4. Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is turning into a true epidemic. Today, more than 5 million Americans live with the effects of this disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and the numbers are climbing. By 2050, nearly 14 million people over age 65 will have developed Alzheimer’s. The cost of caring for

3. Who is at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

A good deal of research has been done to try to pinpoint who is at greatest risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease. Simply getting older raises your risk, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most

MGH Discovery Advances Alzheimer’s Research

A breakthrough by MGH researchers has opened the way to a major advance in the understanding of how Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progresses, and may hasten the development of new treatments that can head off the disease in its early stages. The scientists created a novel cell culture system that utilizes

Is Lack of Magnesium Robbing You of Brainpower?

Magnesium is essential to brain health, yet as we grow older our ability to absorb the mineral wanes, making us more vulnerable to cognitive decline. In many individuals, this reduced absorption is exacerbated by insufficient intake of dietary sources of the mineral, such as green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts,

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