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Origins of Alzheimer’s: The Life and Research of Dr. Alois Alzheimer

Awareness campaigns, research funding drives and personal testimonies have helped make Alzheimer’s disease more widely known, and new developments occur regularly as research into the disease progresses. However, not many people are familiar with the discovery of the disease, and fewer still know about the life and work of Dr. Alois Alzheimer, the discoverer of the disease.

High Blood Pressure in Your 30s May Affect Your Brain, Increase Dementia Risk

High blood pressure is linked to a lot of common health problems, most notably stroke and heart disease. Scientists have also established a link between high blood pressure and increased dementia risk. But a new study finds that an uptick in blood pressure — even as early as your 30s — could lead to a higher dementia risk later on.

Napping more? That could be an early symptom of Alzheimer's, new study says

Increased, excessive napping could be an early warning of Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in August by the peer-reviewed journal Alzheimer's & Dementia.

Genes That Affect Brain’s Immune Cells May Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s

Scientists identified new genes that impact the brain’s immune cells and may contribute to the risk of developing early-onset or late-onset Alzheimer’s.

Intensive blood pressure control may slow age-related brain damage

In a nationwide study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of hundreds of participants in the National Institutes of Health’s Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) and found that intensively controlling a person’s blood pressure was more effective at slowing the accumulation of white matter lesions than standard treatment of high blood pressure. The results complement a previous study published by the same research group which showed that intensive treatment significantly lowered the chances that participants developed mild cognitive impairment.

How Exercise Lowers the Risk of Alzheimer’s by Changing Your Brain

More and more studies are showing how regular exercise benefits the brain, and in particular, the aging brain. What’s less clear is how exactly exercise counters the cognitive decline that comes with aging and diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Healthy lifestyle associated with lower risk of dementia independent of genetic risk, study finds

Following a healthy lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of dementia in cognitively healthy older adults at varying levels of genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, according to a study published online July 14 in JAMA. Funded in part by NIA, the study is the first to examine the relationship between multiple genetic risk factors for dementia and multiple lifestyle factors.

Another Alzheimer’s study ends too soon

An Alzheimer’s disease prevention trial was stopped early for safety reasons. Learn why the study ended early and what’s next in the ongoing search for drugs to prevent and treat this disease.

How to Keep Your Brain Happy and Healthy

When you consider everything this awe-inspiring organ does for you, it's mind-blowing. But caring for it isn't always top of, well, you know. To keep your brain sharp and nimble, learn how to challenge it, what to feed it, and when to let it wander.

New Markers For Alzheimer's Disease Could Aid Diagnosis And Speed Up Drug Development

Alzheimer's disease begins altering the brain long before it affects memory and thinking.

So scientists are developing a range of tests to detect these changes in the brain, which include an increase in toxic proteins, inflammation and damage to the connections between brain cells.