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Alzheimer’s and its impact on the African-American community

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. It is the cause of 60-70% of cases of dementia. In most cases, remembering recent events is one of the earliest symptoms. A disease in the brain, the onset usually occurs in patients over the age of 65 but can occur earlier. Alzheimer’s is one of the most financially costly diseases.

Can Coffee Protect Your Brain From Alzheimer’s?

Can that morning cup of coffee actually help prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

Frequent social contact in midlife may reduce dementia risk, Whitehall II study analysis shows

Frequent social contact—regularly seeing friends and family—during midlife was associated with a lower likelihood of dementia diagnosis in later life, according to a recent study in PLOS Medicine. Being socially engaged may require greater activity in areas of the brain that contribute to language and memory, which in turn may account for better cognitive health, the authors noted.

For Alzheimer’s Patient, Hope Renewed Following Biogen Announcement

When biotechnology company Biogen announced the cancellation of the trial for their Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab, nearly 3,500 trial participants were left in limbo. Now, following the company’s announcement that they will be reviving the trial, hope is blooming once again, particularly for those who felt the drug had a positive effect on their lives.

Obesity in Middle Age Raises Risk of Dementia

The exact causes behind dementia are varied and at times unclear. We know that genetic factors — like carrying the APOE4 gene — can have an impact on a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s, as can lifestyle or environmental factors like diet, exercise and exposure to air pollution. And a new study adds to the growing evidence that weight and obesity may also contribute to a person’s dementia risk.

Improve Memory and ‘Grey Matter’ in Your Brain Through Cardio Exercise

If you needed more motivation to get moving in the new year, a new study provides more evidence that exercise can help keep your brain healthy and functional, and possibly keep dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay.

Alzheimer’s Gene APOE4 Tied to Tau Protein in the Brain

Talk with an Alzheimer’s researcher and you’ll likely hear the same lament: Finding a treatment or cure is incredibly challenging because scientists are not even certain what exactly causes the neurological disease in the first place.

There’s More to Alzheimer’s Than Your Genes: Researchers Find Clues By Studying Identical Triplets

In the first study published about Alzheimer’s disease among identical triplets, researchers in Canada suggest that the development of dementia is not exclusively linked to our genes.

Long-Term Changes in Blood Pressure Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

Blood pressure may be an even more important biomarker in understanding why some people develop Alzheimer’s. In a new study, researchers report that people who experienced long-term and substantial changes in blood pressure were at greater risk of developing dementia.

50% of Americans Are Worried About Developing Dementia, But Many Unaware of Preventive Steps

Americans are deeply worried about developing dementia, yet few have taken scientifically-proven preventative steps to protect their brains, according to a new report.