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ALZHEIMER’S RISK TIED TO UNCLES, AUNTS, AND GREAT-GRANDPARENTS WITH THE DISEASE

Having cousins and great-grandparents with Alzheimer’s has been linked to a higher risk of developing the disease, according to a study. Scientists looked at the data on over 278,818 people included in the Utah Population Database, stretching back to the 1880s, for their work published in the journal Neurology. The participants were connected to the state's pioneers by at least three generations.

Alzheimer’s disease continues to be a growing problem

Statistics by themselves can sometimes be confusing or open to misinterpretation, so LifeTimes talked to an expert on Alzheimer’s disease about the latest numbers from the Alzheimer’s Association. We asked Dr. Amanda Smith, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences and director of clinical research at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa, to put the 2019 statistics into perspective. We also asked her what more positive news there might be in the near future.

A new blood test may be on the horizon for Alzheimer’s disease

A new study showed that a blood test can detect a protein in the blood associated with memory and thinking problems along with brain shrinkage. While the test is only available for research at this time, the rise of this protein years before dementia symptoms appear may signal a new way to predict Alzheimer’s and track progression of the disease.

Newly discovered Alzheimer's genes further hope for future treatments

An analysis of the genetic makeup of more than 94,000 people in the United States and Europe with clinically diagnosed Alzheimer's led to the discovery of four new genetic variants that increase risk for the neurodegenerative disease.

Hormone Produced During Exercise Jogs Memory, Maintains Brain Health

If we told you there was a magic pill to feel less tired, more alert and younger, you’d take it, right? What if we told you the pill doesn’t require a prescription or payment and is available to everyone whenever they want it? And on top of all that, research points to this pill preserving brain health and limiting the effect of dementia on the brain. You’re in, right?

To Fight Against Dementia, Keep Your Mind and Body Sharp in Middle Age

We don’t usually start thinking about the possibility of dementia until our senior years. But scientists are now saying that maintaining an active life—including both mental and physical activities—in middle age might be a powerful protector against diseases like Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

F.D.A. Gives Warning to Supplement Makers Claiming to Treat Alzheimer’s

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on dietary supplements sellers making claims that their products can cure or treat dementia and Alzheimer’s. The agency sent 12 warning letters and five online advisory letters to companies that said their supplements could cure ailments like Alzheimer’s.

Participating in the arts creates paths to healthy aging

We all know to eat right, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep to stay healthy. But can flexing our creative muscles help us thrive as we age? Ongoing research looking at singing group programs, theater training, and visual arts for older adults suggest that participating in the arts may improve the health, well-being, and independence of older adults.

Study: Deep Sleep Is Required to ‘Clean’ the Brain, Prevent Alzheimer’s

What does your brain do while you sleep? According to a new study, deep sleep is when your brain gets a scrub down, washing away the toxic waste that contributes to diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Sleep Loss Encourages Spread of Toxic Alzheimer’s Protein

In addition to memory loss and confusion, many people with Alzheimer’s disease have trouble sleeping. Now an NIH-funded team of researchers has evidence that the reverse is also true: a chronic lack of sleep may worsen the disease and its associated memory loss.