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Alzheimer's Patients May Benefit From Brain Pacemaker

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There's a new device, similar to a pacemaker, that if implanted into the brains of Alzheimer's patients, could stimulate beneficial brain activity.

It could help with memory loss, depression and agitation.

The study's lead author said:

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Overeating Increases The Chance For Memory Loss

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Here is another reason to watch what you eat — especially if you're a senior citizen!

A new study has linked overeating to memory loss in the elderly population. Those eating 6,000 calories a day may have DOUBLE the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment!

The diagnosis means more serious memory loss then what is expected to come naturally with aging and is a risk factor for developing dementia or even Alzheimer's!

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Obama Administration To Spend Another $50 Million On Alzheimer's

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At least you can't argue that it isn't going to a good cause!

The Obama administration has decided to spend a further $50 million on Alzheimer's research — something that is desperately needed.

The disease affect 5 million Americans, countless world-wide, and needs to be stopped!

Luckily, we have an administration that says it wants a cure, and fast, by 2025 and it plans to increase the fiscal year 2013 budget by $80 million. It plans to spend an extra $26 million on funding to support people who care for Alzheimer's patients.

We hope they can succeed! Alzheimer's is terrifying for both the patient and those around them!

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AP Writer Explains Why Summitt's Announcement Was So Shocking

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It was so troubling to hear that University of Tennessee women's basketball coach, Pat Summitt, has early onset dementia.

AP's basketball writer Doug Feinberg, who has covered the spot for many years, discusses why this came as a shock, and that Alzheimer's shouldn't expect Summitt to go down without a fight.

So sad, but we can't do anything but put our whole support behind her and try and lift her up during the hard road ahead.

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Moderate Drinking May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

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According to a new study, moderate and low levels of daily drinking could lower your alzheimer's risk!

The authors analyzed results from 143 studies, dating back to 1977, which included 365,000 participants in 19 countries. The studies compared non-drinkers to drinkers: 74 of the studies looked at the risk of dementia, while the other 69 focused on memory problems.

The review found that moderate drinkers were 23% less likely than teetotalers to develop signs of memory problems or Alzheimer's. That effect was significant in 14 of the 19 countries, including the U.S.

So what's moderate?

One drink a day for women, two for men.

Heavy drinking means three to five drinks or more a day. One drink is defined as 1.5 oz. of spirits, 5 oz. of wine, or 12 oz. of beer.

Wine appeared to have more of a protective effect than beer or spirits, but that finding was based on a small number of studies, so there's not enough data to make a distinction between types of alcohol, the authors said.

Unfortunately, we don't know the reason why. And this is definitely not a cause and effect situation, but an association. Don't just start poppin' bottles to become Alzheimer's invincible or anything.

As always, it's all about moderation!

It doesn't say anything about drinking before noon, lucky enough… we kid!

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