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February 6, 2013   

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African-Americans make strides in Alzheimer's disease research

During Black History Month, we'd like to honor African-Americans who work tirelessly in the field of Alzheimer's research. Dr. Goldie Byrd is one such scientist striving to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's. Dr. Byrd battles stigma every day in the hopes of bringing a better understanding of Alzheimer's to individuals living with the disease, their loved ones and policy makers. African-Americans may be at a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease, so her work, and the work of others, is more important than ever.
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Evidence ties heart disease to risk of mental decline

Researchers have again tied heart disease and poor circulation to mental decline in older people, especially women, a new study shows. Scientists examined the cardiovascular and mental health of 1,450 people aged 70 to 89 and found that nearly one quarter of study participants developed mild cognitive impairment (MCI) over an average of four years of follow-up, and they confirmed a link between heart disease and mental decline.
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NFL, General Electric to form partnership to detect concussions

The National Football League (NFL) is planning to form a partnership with General Electric to develop technology that would detect concussions and help protect the brain. The NFL and GE are contributing at least $50 million to this initiative over four years.
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