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New Alzheimer’s Report

As many as 5.2 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s. 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s in their lifetime. Alzheimer’s is the seventh-leading cause of death. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias to Medicare, Medicaid and businesses amount to more than $148 billion each year. $89 Billion of free family care-giving was provided to people…

200801.22
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Alzheimer’s Disease and Statin Drugs

New research says that taking cholesterol-lowering (statin) drugs, offers no protection against Alzheimer’s disease as opposed to earlier reports which indicated otherwise. The January 16, 2008, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology reports on a study that found no relationship between statin use and Alzheimer’s disease. 929 people…

200710.30
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Education and Alzheimer’s Disease

“Higher levels of education delay the onset of dementia, but once it begins, the accelerated memory loss is more rapid in people with more education,” said Charles B. Hall, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, author of a study published in the October 23, 2007, issue of the medical journal of…

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Caregiver Stress

A new study suggests that caregiving, especially for difficult patients such as those with Alzheimer’s Disease, can shorten caregivers’ lives by four to eight years. This stress shows up at the genetic and molecular level in the bodies of the caregivers. The study out of Ohio State University looked at numerous people in different life…