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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living. In most people with AD, symptoms first appear after age 60. AD is the most common cause of dementia among older people, but it is not a normal part of aging. Dementia refers to a decline in cognitive function that interferes with daily life and activities. AD starts in a region of the brain that affects recent memory, then gradually spreads to other parts of the brain. Although treatment can slow the progression of AD and help manage its symptoms in some people, currently there is no cure for this devastating disease.
Most Alzheimer's drugs don't work

Most Alzheimer's drugs don't work

Fewer Americans with Alzheimer’s and $149 billion in annual Medicare and Medicaid savings by 2025

Fewer Americans with Alzheimer’s and $149 billion in annual Medicare and Medicaid savings by 2025

Computerised test that can help detect memory problems in older people

Computerised test that can help detect memory problems in older people

Estrogen therapy may increase the risk for dementia

Estrogen therapy may increase the risk for dementia

Elevated homocysteine levels have been associated with an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease

Elevated homocysteine levels have been associated with an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease

New centre of excellence to develop stem cell treatments for diabetes and diseases of the brain

New centre of excellence to develop stem cell treatments for diabetes and diseases of the brain

Statement on the legislation to double the funding for Alzheimer’s research

Statement on the legislation to double the funding for Alzheimer’s research

74 percent of Americans support call for the Bush White House to lift restrictions on stem cell research

74 percent of Americans support call for the Bush White House to lift restrictions on stem cell research

Artichokes and beans full of antioxidants

Artichokes and beans full of antioxidants

Expansion of Medicare coverage of positron emission tomography to include some Medicare beneficiaries with suspected Alzheimer’s disease

Expansion of Medicare coverage of positron emission tomography to include some Medicare beneficiaries with suspected Alzheimer’s disease

Nordic networks to explore Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke, migraine, epilepsy, cancer and autoimmune and metabolic disorders

Nordic networks to explore Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke, migraine, epilepsy, cancer and autoimmune and metabolic disorders

Significant vaccine advance for Parkinson’s disease therapy

Significant vaccine advance for Parkinson’s disease therapy

New guidelines over the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual partners over hospital visiting and involvement in treatment decisions

New guidelines over the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual partners over hospital visiting and involvement in treatment decisions

John Kerry pushes for new cures and treatments for Alzheimer’s

John Kerry pushes for new cures and treatments for Alzheimer’s

Pathogens have the ability to cause late-onset sporadic Alzheimer's disease

Pathogens have the ability to cause late-onset sporadic Alzheimer's disease

Drug commonly used for diabetes might be effective in treating multiple sclerosis

Drug commonly used for diabetes might be effective in treating multiple sclerosis

Howard Hughes researchers find Alzheimer's may leave some forms of memory intact

Howard Hughes researchers find Alzheimer's may leave some forms of memory intact

Epilepsy drugs can increase the rate of bone loss in older women

Epilepsy drugs can increase the rate of bone loss in older women

Genetic signature associated with the aging human brain

Genetic signature associated with the aging human brain

£20 million funding for stem cell research in the UK

£20 million funding for stem cell research in the UK