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Alzheimer’s research is getting a reboot at small companies focused on the immune system

A health-care start-up called Partner Therapeutics began last year with a single product: a leukemia medicine approved in 1991 that doctors rarely prescribe anymore. The drug, Leukine, made so little money that its previous owner did not even bother to disclose sales. It just dumped them on revenue reports under “other.”

A Genetic Test That Reveals Alzheimer's Risk Can Be Cathartic Or Distressing

In a waiting room at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix, a 74-year-old woman named Rubie is about to find out whether she has a gene that puts her at risk for Alzheimer's.

Your lifestyle can lower your dementia risk, even if you have high genetic risk, study says

A good diet and ample exercise don't just help your waistline. Healthy lifestyle factors may also help lower your risk of dementia, even if you have a higher genetic risk, according to a study published Sunday in the medical journal JAMA.

Is Aerobic Exercise The Right Prescription For Staving Off Alzheimer's?

Researchers are prescribing exercise as if it were a drug in a study that aims to see if it can prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Boost brain health with a healthy diet - not supplements

A nutritious diet is a much better way to keep your brain healthy than dietary supplements. The Global Council on Brain Health recommends people be wary of supplements and always consult their doctor before taking them. Read more about their recommendations about dietary supplements.

Is There an Alzheimer’s Blood Test?

Could an Alzheimer’s blood test be in our near future? Short answer: possibly, yes.

Alzheimer's in extended family members increased risk of disease, study shows

It’s well established that having a parent or sibling with Alzheimer’s increases a person’s risk of developing the disease. A new, NIA-supported study shows that even in the absence of close family members with Alzheimer’s, having extended family members with the disease increased a person’s risk. The findings, published April 9 in Neurology, could have implications for assessing risk using a broader view of family history.

Primary care providers should screen seniors for decline in memory and thinking skills

The Alzheimer’s Association’s latest Facts and Figures report found most seniors are not evaluated for memory and thinking problems by their primary care providers. Learn more about the role these doctors can play in the early identification of cognitive decline and the importance of talking with your doctor if you have concerns.