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Country star Glen Campbell reportedly moved to care facility

Country star Glen Campbell reportedly moved to care facility

LOS ANGELES, April 17 (UPI) -- The "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer is battling Alzheimer's disease.
Kate Stanton
Women more likely to get Alzheimer's disease than men

Women more likely to get Alzheimer's disease than men

CHICAGO, March 19 (UPI) -- U.S. women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease as they are breast cancer, researchers say.
Blood test may detect Alzheimer's in healthy people

Blood test may detect Alzheimer's in healthy people

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's cause of five to six times more deaths than reported

Alzheimer's cause of five to six times more deaths than reported

CHICAGO, March 6 (UPI) -- Alzheimer's disease may be an underlying cause of five to six times as many deaths among the elderly as currently reported, U.S. researchers suggest.

Woman, 81, held without bail for feeding bears, birds

SEBRING, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- An 81-year-old Florida woman on probation for feeding bears is being held without bond for allegedly violating her probation by feeding crows.
Seth Rogen speaks on Capitol Hill about Alzheimer's

Seth Rogen speaks on Capitol Hill about Alzheimer's

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Actor, writer and director Seth Rogen says he "jumped" at the chance to speak on Capitol Hill about the impact Alzheimer's disease has had on his family.
Meat and the way it is prepared linked to Alzheimer's

Meat and the way it is prepared linked to Alzheimer's

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Advanced glycation endproducts, or AGEs, common in the "Western diet," suppress levels of sirtuin, a key defense" against Alzheimer's, U.S. researchers say.
Patients who report memory impairment more likely to later be diagnosed with Alzheimer's

Patients who report memory impairment more likely to later be diagnosed with Alzheimer's

LEXINGTON, Ky., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Researchers find that if you think you are developing Alzheimer's, you may be right -- which could lead to earlier treatment.
Brooks Hays
Obama forms partnership to accelerate medication discoveries

Obama forms partnership to accelerate medication discoveries

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A new U.S. program will accelerate the development of life-saving drugs and identify new treatments for Alzheimer's and diabetes, President Barack Obama says.

DDT exposure linked to increased Alzheimer's risk

DALLAS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Exposure to DDT -- banned since 1972 in the United States -- may increase the risk developing Alzheimer's disease later in life, researchers say.
Ten-minute online test can help estimate Alzheimer's risk

Ten-minute online test can help estimate Alzheimer's risk

CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Many risk factors for Alzheimer's disease are linked to lifestyle or environment and the risk can be decreased at all ages, researchers in Australia say.
Omega-3 -- found in some fish -- may delay brain aging

Omega-3 -- found in some fish -- may delay brain aging

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- People with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids -- found in some fish -- may preserve up to one to two years of brain health, U.S. researchers say.

The real healthcare crisis

PARIS, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- At Davos in the Swiss Alps this week the bankers and thinkers and business leaders who constitute the amen corner of globalization will be addressing the implications of longevity and demographics.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Larry Speakes, Reagan's spokesman, dies

CLEVELAND, Miss., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Larry Speakes, who served as U.S. President Ronald Reagan's deputy press secretary and chief spokesman for six years, has died. He was 74.
34 states under wind chill alerts as arctic blast swoops across nation

34 states under wind chill alerts as arctic blast swoops across nation

CHICAGO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Thirty-four states were under wind chill alerts Monday as a record-breaking blast of arctic air swooped down on the United States.
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Alzheimer's disease (AD), also called Alzheimer disease, Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT) or simply Alzheimer's, is the most common form of dementia. This incurable, degenerative, and terminal disease was first described by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906 and was named after him. Generally it is diagnosed in people over 65 years of age, although the less-prevalent early-onset Alzheimer's can occur much earlier. An estimated 26.6 million people worldwide had Alzheimer's in 2006; this number may quadruple by 2050.

Although each sufferer experiences Alzheimer's in a unique way, there are many common symptoms. The earliest observable symptoms are often mistakenly thought to be 'age-related' concerns, or manifestations of stress. In the early stages, the most commonly recognised symptom is memory loss, such as difficulty in remembering recently learned facts. When a doctor or physician has been notified, and AD is suspected, the diagnosis is usually confirmed with behavioural assessments and cognitive tests, often followed by a brain scan if available. As the disease advances, symptoms include confusion, irritability and aggression, mood swings, language breakdown, long-term memory loss, and the general withdrawal of the sufferer as their senses decline. Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Individual prognosis is difficult to assess, as the duration of the disease varies. AD develops for an indeterminate period of time before becoming fully apparent, and it can progress undiagnosed for years. The mean life expectancy following diagnosis is approximately seven years. Fewer than three percent of individuals live more than fourteen years after diagnosis.

The cause and progression of Alzheimer's disease are not well understood. Research indicates that the disease is associated with plaques and tangles in the brain. Currently used treatments offer a small symptomatic benefit; no treatments to delay or halt the progression of the disease are as yet available. As of 2008, more than 500 clinical trials were investigating possible treatments for AD, but it is unknown if any of them will prove successful. Many measures have been suggested for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, but their value is unproven in slowing the course and reducing the severity of the disease. Mental stimulation, exercise, and a balanced diet are often recommended, as both a possible prevention and a sensible way of managing the disease.

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