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Research May Result in Big Spike of Alzheimer's Diagnoses

Two copies of a certain gene would lead to a diagnosis, not merely a warning of risk

(Newser) - A new study has the potential to lead to a dramatic spike in the number of diagnosed Alzheimer's cases in the US—as in, hundreds of thousands of people who aren't even experiencing symptoms. The research published in Nature Medicine suggests that people who have two copies of...

Jay Leno Is Complimented as He's Made Conservator of Wife

Mavis Leno, 77, who has dementia, sometimes doesn't know husband, per report by attorney

(Newser) - Jay Leno was granted conservatorship of his wife of more than four decades on Tuesday in a court hearing that was filled with praise for the care he has given her. Mavis Leno, 77, is suffering from advanced dementia, and People reports that Mavis' lawyer expressed her "agreement" with...

The Globe's Leading Ailments Are in Our Heads
The Globe's Leading
Illnesses Are in Our Heads

The Globe's Leading Illnesses Are in Our Heads

Neurological conditions like stroke, dementia affect 43% of global population, per new research

(Newser) - The leading cause of all ill health and disability around the globe isn't cancer or heart disease—it's a wide umbrella of neurological conditions, ranging from migraines to strokes, dementia, or Parkinson's, among other maladies. Per a new study published Thursday in the Lancet , scientists found that...

'Subtle' Signs May Point to Dementia Precursor

More attention is being paid to ailment known as Mild Cognitive Impairment

(Newser) - We all experience forgetfulness, but a growing number of doctors are focusing on when harmlessness crosses into a condition known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Both the New York Times and the Washington Post have stories on the ailment, which is thought to be severely underdiagnosed—a problem because early...

FDA Delays Approval of Eli Lilly's Alzheimer's Drug
FDA Stalls on New
Alzheimer's Drug

FDA Stalls on New Alzheimer's Drug

'We were not expecting this,' says Eli Lilly president

(Newser) - Eli Lilly's experimental Alzheimer's drug is facing yet another delay on the path toward FDA approval. The company's donanemab medication was first expected to be cleared last year and later by the end of this month. However, the drugmaker announced Friday that approval isn't expected until...

Viagra Study Provides 'Food for Thought'
Viagra Study
Provides 'Food
for Thought'
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Viagra Study Provides 'Food for Thought'

Researchers find correlation between Viagra prescriptions, lowered Alzheimer's risk

(Newser) - It's an intriguing study that provides "food for thought," as its lead author puts it. Researchers found men who'd been prescribed Viagra and similar PDE5 inhibitor drugs were 18% less likely to develop Alzheimer's over a five-year period than those who hadn't been prescribed...

Researchers Find Telltale Alzheimer's Clues in Our Blood

Study identifies 4 biological markers, raising hope that a blood test for dementia is nearer

(Newser) - It's looking more and more likely that a blood test to predict Alzheimer's years before symptoms appear will be available in the not-too-distant future. In the latest development, researchers say they identified biological markers in stored blood samples that reliably forecast various forms of dementia nearly 15 years...

Ancient Greeks Didn't Seem to Get Dementia

Ancient Greeks
Didn't Seem
to Get

Ancient Greeks Didn't Seem to Get Dementia

Findings bolster theories that cognitive decline is linked to modern lifestyle, environment

(Newser) - A new study that went deep into ancient Greek and Roman medical texts suggests that dementia was rare 2,000 to 2,500 years ago. HealthDay notes the analysis builds on the theory that modern cognitive decline is linked to lifestyle and environmental factors. The findings, published in Journal of ...

For These 5, Alzheimer's Was Medically Acquired
Medical Miscue May Have
Given Patients Alzheimer's

Medical Miscue May Have Given Patients Alzheimer's

Study suggests disease was triggered by human growth hormone shots derived from cadavers

(Newser) - Doctors once sought to make very short children taller by injecting them with growth hormone taken from the brains of dead people. The procedure was banned 40 years ago—and cadaver-derived pituitary growth hormone (c-hGH) replaced with a synthetic version—when scientists discovered patients had also received bits of protein...

For These Alzheimer's Patients, the Eyes Offer a Clue
For These Alzheimer's Patients,
the Eyes Offer a Clue
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For These Alzheimer's Patients, the Eyes Offer a Clue

Vision issues may be early sign of posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of the disease

(Newser) - Alzheimer's patients typically begin to show signs they have the disease via memory issues, but for some patients, an early warning sign arrives another way. Per the Washington Post , there's a rare variant of the condition, called posterior cortical atrophy , in which patients start having vision problems early...

Alzheimer's Blood Test Could Have 'Huge Implications'

It detects people most at risk up to 15 years before symptoms begin, researchers say

(Newser) - A blood test already available to researchers can detect potential Alzheimer's disease patients with very high accuracy, scientists say. According to a study published in the journal Jama Neurology , the simple blood test can detect p-tau217, a key biomarker for the disease, with up to 97% accuracy. The protein...

Scientists Find Way to Sneak Alzheimer's Drug Into Brain

Researchers able to slip meds through temporary gap in the blood-brain barrier

(Newser) - Scientists have found a way to help Alzheimer's drugs seep inside the brain faster—by temporarily breaching its protective shield. The novel experiment was a first attempt in just three patients. But in spots in the brain where the new technology took aim, researchers say it enhanced removal of...

Here Are 5 of 2023's Biggest Medical Breakthroughs

Alzheimer's meds, an OTC birth control pill, RSV vaccines all make ABC's list

(Newser) - If looking back at 2023 brings forth visions of dumpster fires in your head, take heart: There were some pretty amazing accomplishments over the past 12 months, notably on the health and science front. ABC News compiles some of the year's biggest medical breakthroughs, including a "significant milestone"...

Alarming Issue at Homes for Seniors: Fatal Wanderings

'Washington Post' counts near 100 deaths at assisted-living facilities

(Newser) - Living in an assisted-living facility isn't cheap, running an average of $6,000 a month, but families are willing to pay that to ensure their loved ones are well cared for and safe. That safety part is now under scrutiny, however, after a Washington Post investigation that has found...

Couple Sentenced After Reports of False Alzheimer's Diagnoses

Patients said they planned the end of their lives, quitting their jobs or taking a final trip

(Newser) - A former director of an Ohio memory-loss clinic accused by dozens of patients of falsely diagnosing them with Alzheimer's disease has been sentenced on federal fraud charges, along with her physician husband. Sherry-Ann Jenkins received nearly six years in prison on Tuesday, while Oliver Jenkins got a 41-month sentence....

Japan's Dementia Treatment 'Has Now Entered a New Era'

Country with rapidly aging population OKs its first Alzheimer's drug

(Newser) - Japan's Health Ministry has approved Leqembi, a drug for Alzheimer's disease that was jointly developed by Japanese and US pharmaceutical companies. As the AP reports, it's the first drug for treatment of the disease in a country with a rapidly aging population. Developed by Japanese drugmaker Eisai...

Bob Barker's Cause of Death Revealed

'Price Is Right' host died due to Alzheimer's, hypertension, and other conditions

(Newser) - Bob Barker, the longtime host of The Price Is Right, died last month as a result of Alzheimer's disease, according to his death certificate. The document indicates Barker had been living with the disease for "years" but does not go into specifics, People reports. It also cites hypertension...

FDA Makes a Big Move on Alzheimer's Treatment

Drug Leqembi, shown to slow progression, receives full approval

(Newser) - In a move with big implications for Alzheimer's treatment, the FDA on Thursday gave full approval to the first drug shown to slow the disease's progression, though modestly, reports the Washington Post . The drug, called Leqembi and marketed by Eisai and Biogen, received conditional approval back in January....

Jack Hanna's Wife: He Is 'Still in There Somewhere'
Jack Hanna's Wife: He Is
'Still in There Somewhere'
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Jack Hanna's Wife: He Is 'Still in There Somewhere'

Family of renowned wildlife expert speaks about his full-blown Alzheimer's

(Newser) - The symptoms began surfacing around 2017—renowned wildlife expert Jack Hanna would occasionally forget what city he was in on one of his many public outings. He'd lose the thread of conservations, need things repeated, etc. "No way," Hanna said upon being diagnosed with Alzheimer's in...

Research Finds Clues to Spread of Huntington's, Alzheimer's

Finding also could help combat Parkinson's

(Newser) - A finding about the progression of Huntington's disease might inform efforts to prevent its spread through the brain—and help the fight against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, as well. Scientists know that neurodegenerative diseases occur when proteins in the brain fold into an abnormal shape and start to...

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