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Screening for Alzheimer's Gene Tests the Desire to Know

The extended Reiswig family has a mutated gene that is passed down from parent to child. In Marty and Matt Reiswig’s case, they inherited the gene and have a 50-50 chance of getting Alzheimer’s with absolute certainty. The two share how they have dealt with deciding if they’ll find out and the effects of living with Alzheimer’s.

Ask the Expert - High Blood Pressure and Dementia

Dear Dr. DeCarli,
High blood pressure runs in my family. My brother and I are in our 40s and we’re both watching our blood pressure creep up. At my last physical, my doctor said I was pre-hypertensive. My brother says high blood pressure can contribute to dementia. Is it true? What can my brother and I do to manage our blood pressure?


Ending the Silence on High Blood Pressure and Brain Health

High blood pressure has earned the title of “silent killer” because it typically has no symptoms until after it has done significant damage to the heart and arteries. Now there’s evidence that links high blood pressure to our brains and dementia.

Are Women the Key to Unlocking Alzheimer's

Not only are women more likely to get Alzheimer's than men, but recent studies suggest the disease does its work more swiftly in women, causing them to decline faster -- and farther -- than men do, at least in the beginning.

Researchers Seek Answers to Alzheimer’s Among African-Americans

Tracking the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease among ethnic populations, cultures and countries is an important aspect of Alzheimer’s research. But while we know certain populations, especially African-Americans, have higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease, we are only beginning to research the reason for these higher rates. In February’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Bulletin, we learn about the work of a researcher who is exploring the biological reasons for this health disparity.

Risk of dementia is declining, but scientists don’t know why

Dementia is on the decline, with the risk of developing it dropping 20 percent per decade since the late 1970s, according to a striking new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Can Dementia Be Prevented? Education May Bolster Brain Against Risk

The odds of getting Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia are declining for people who are more educated and avoiding heart disease, a study finds. The results suggest that people may have some control over their risk of dementia as they age.

Blood Pressure Drugs Could Help Treat Alzheimer's Patients

New research speculates that taking certain ARBs, diuretics and angiotensin-converting enzyme ACE inhibitors were correlated with less risk of Alzheimer’s in people over the age of 75 with normal cognition.

Fish, Mercury and Alzheimer’s Risk

Studies show that eating fish can be helpful for the brain, but does the risk of mercury in seafood negate that benefit? The latest study explores the link

Taking On The Challenges Of Precision Medicine For The Brain

The APOE gene has three common forms – called APOE2, APOE3, and APOE4 – and each person has two copies of the gene, one from our father and the other from our mother, giving us six possible genotypes.