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Former NFL Players May Have 30% Chance of Developing Alzheimer's or Dementia

September 13, 2014

New data released by the NFL on Friday suggests that roughly 30% of former players will develop Alzheimer's or some form of dementia over their lifetime; a much higher percentage in comparison to the general population. This information was calculated with regards to the NFL's ongoing concussion lawsuit, and an actuarial firm commissioned by the players. The analysis projects that an estimated 14% of former NFL players will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, with another 14% likely to develop moderate dementia. In addition, the data perceived that former players are run twice the risk (compared with the general public) to develop early-onset Alzheimer's, dementia, ALS, or Parkinson's disease. Read more: NFL Players Have 30% Chance Of Alzheimer's Or Dementia, New NFL Concussion...

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Caregivers Battle Stress and Depression While Caring for Loved Ones with Alzheimer's

September 04, 2014

Caregivers of loved ones suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's often suffer in the face of demanding challenges associated with handling these types of diseases. Many times caregivers are torn between their caregiving responsibilities, as well as obligations in their own professional and personal lives. This may mean a myriad of things; cancelling long-made plans with friends or family to deal with unforeseen emergencies related to their loved one's illness.  The heartbreak and frustration of watching a loved one, often a parent or close family member, slowly deteriorate as a result of Alzheimer's and dementia can lead caregivers to becoming depressed themselves--they feel very alone in dealing with the trials of Alzheimer's and stress from bearing what is often a very heavy...

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A Rare Disease May Lead to New Treatment for Alzheimer's

August 29, 2014

A 40-year old man with a rare disease may help researchers in finding a new method of treating Alzheimer's disease. A mutation of the protein apoE4 is known to increase the chances of a person developing dementia, however, researchers have found a man with a rare condition whose body does not produce any of the apoE4 protein. Though the patient has many other health issues associated with his disease, such as high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, his brain and cognitive abilities appear to be functioning normally. Though researchers are not sure how the aging process will affect the patient, they are optimistic that new treatments for Alzheimer's could involve reducing or eliminating the apoE4 protein from the brain, granted there...

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People with Down Syndrome: Making a Difference in Alzheimer's Research

August 26, 2014

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder often associated with intellectual disabilities, but it has also been proven to cause Alzheimer's. In fact, "by the age of 40, 100 percent of all individuals with Down syndrome have the pathology of Alzheimer's in their brain" (Rafii: source.) . Because of this, researchers at the University of California in San Diego chose to work with people with Down syndrome as their study group in testing an experimental Alzheimer's drug. Alzheimer's researchers are increasingly interested in people like McCowan because "people with Down syndrome represent the world's largest population of individuals predisposed to getting Alzheimer's disease," says Michael Rafii, director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at UCSD. ... Down syndrome is caused by the presence...

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