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5. Detecting Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s research has made great strides in recent years. Scientists have found new ways to diagnose the disease while it’s still in its early stages. Blood tests and brain scans may be able to spot the presence of beta-amyloid and other Alzheimer’s markers before symptoms appear. And although no definitive

4. Can You Reduce Your Risk for Dementia?

While we’re waiting for scientists to locate just the right drugs to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, there are positive and active steps everyone can take right now. One message from research is that exercise, a healthy diet, mental stimulation, and social interaction may help preserve brain function longer. Because

Sleep Apnea Increases Risk for Depression and Cognitive Decline

As many as 25 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that represents a major danger to the brain. OSA heightens risk for potentially brain-damaging physical conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. In addition, people with the sleep disorder—the vast majority

Subdural Hematoma: Hidden Cause of Serious Brain Problems

Age-related changes in brain volume and structure in older adults increase their risk of developing a condition called subdural hematoma (SDH). Caused by a rupture of veins connecting the brain to its outer membrane (the dura), SDH results in a pooling of blood between the membrane and the brain’s surface

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