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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 5:39 p.m.

Scientists rethink Alzheimer’s, diversifying the drug search

When researchers at the University of Kentucky compare brains donated from people who died with dementia, very rarely do they find one that bears only Alzheimer’s trademark plaques and tangles …

Mari Margil: Do your part to help with Alzheimer’s research

We must advance a comprehensive approach – at the local, state and national levels – to take on the challenge of Alzheimer’s. And, it’s important for each of us to …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 4:22 p.m.

Living in the pastime: Monthly BasebALZ program keeps baseball in the minds of those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia

It starts with a baseball. Each person who attends the monthly BasebALZ program in a conference room at the offices of Alzheimer’s Los Angeles is handed one, faded and scuffed.

UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 3:47 p.m.

New clues on why women’s Alzheimer’s risk differs from men’s

New research gives some biological clues to why women may be more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s disease and how this most common form of dementia varies by gender.

A healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk for Alzheimer’s

New research suggests that a healthy lifestyle can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these …

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Pfizer had clues its blockbuster drug could prevent Alzheimer’s. Why didn’t it tell the world?

The results were from an analysis of hundreds of thousands of insurance claims. Verifying that the drug would actually have that effect in people would require a costly clinical trial …

Just a little nudge: Neurological service dog helps Spokane Alzheimer’s patient stay on track and in the moment

A Spokane woman with mild Alzheimer’s disease and her husband recently returned home from Tennesee with a trained neurological service dog, a labradoodle that will nudge her if she shows …

Sandra Day O’Connor announces likely Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday that she has the beginning stages of dementia, “probably Alzheimer’s disease.”

Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says

Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer’s and other …

Minnesota researchers create Alzheimer’s detection device

University of Minnesota researchers have created new technology aimed at making it easier to detect the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer’s

The Microsoft co-founder said Monday that the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation.

Outside view: New studies provide clues to onset of dementia

The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. While researchers haven’t yet found a way to prevent or cure dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, they’re making progress on how to catch …

PET scans show many Alzheimer’s patients may not actually have the disease

A significant portion of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who are taking medication for Alzheimer’s may not actually have the disease, according to interim results of a major …

Speech problems may be a clue to emerging Alzheimer’s disease

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh … developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which …

U.S. could have twice as many Alzheimer’s cases, study suggests

Alzheimer’s disease begins years before mental deterioration is detected, suggests a new study that could result in doubling the estimated number of people with the neurodegenerative disease.

UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

Death rates from Alzheimer’s climbed 55 percent from 1999 to 2014, CDC found, and the number of Americans afflicted is likely to rise rapidly in the coming years. About 5.5 …

UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

Study links diet soda to higher risk of stroke, dementia

Americans trying to stay healthy have abandoned sugary drinks for diet drinks in droves over the past few decades on the theory that the latter is better than the former. …

Alzheimer’s patients needed for clinical trial

Spokane patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease can enter a second-phase clinical trial using a new drug treatment showing potential to slow progression of early-stages, said Neurim Pharmaceuticals.

Tiny fruit flies offer a few clues to sleep-related Alzheimer’s mysteries

Scientists have known that Alzheimer’s patients commonly experience disturbed sleep. WSU’s Jason Gerstner published a study this past summer in the Journal of Neuroscience Research that looked at the interaction …

Aging boomers, lack of funding for Alzheimer’s may lead to ‘major social and economic crisis’

The devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease on his own mother – and on his father, who struggled to care for her – first prompted Gerry Richman to take a hard …

U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year – a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the …

A power of attorney for health care document can help ease end of life

Simply telling the doctor to stop does not absolve them of their responsibility to treat the patient. And some juries may just find that not doing everything possible to prolong …

Lilly’s Alzheimer’s disease drug fails in final-stage trial

Eli Lilly & Co.’s experimental Alzheimer’s treatment failed to slow the progression of the neurodegenerative disease, yet another setback to drugmakers and researchers who continue to seek a way to …

Dementia rate declines, but aging America may halt the trend

New research documents another decline in dementia rates, but experts say the rising numbers of older Americans may halt that trend unless better ways are found to keep brains healthy.

Oregon orders woman spoon-fed despite advanced directive

Oregon officials are requiring a nursing facility to spoon-feed a woman despite her advance directive asking that measures not be taken to prolong her life.

Helping the caregivers: Training, consulting available to families of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia

Early onset Alzheimer’s, dementia companion caregivers

Dear Annie: Alzheimer’s looming for 65-year-old mother

Dear Annie: My grandfather had severe Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, it lasted for a while.

Ex-Los Angeles sheriff opts for trial in corruption case

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca withdrew his guilty plea Monday to lying about efforts to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, saying he …

Dr. Zorba Paster: End-of-life issues can be tricky to navigate

My mom died of Alzheimer’s back in 1981. You can imagine what it was like, but imagining is different from living through it.

Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer’s decline

Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease – and those tangles may …