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July 17, 2013  


Alzheimer's disease researchers share knowledge at AAIC 2013

Scientists from around the globe are in Boston for the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC®) 2013, the world's leading forum on dementia research and a catalyst in finding breakthroughs to discover methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's. One of the studies presented may help family doctors recognize and identify symptoms of younger-onset Alzheimer's.
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Later retirement may help lower the risk of dementia

A study reported at AAIC suggests that working more years could help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Researchers said working tends to keep people mentally stimulated, physically active and socially connected, all things that may help prevent mental decline.
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Cancer, chemotherapy linked with decreased Alzheimer's risk in veterans

People who survive most forms of cancer were less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, and those treated with chemotherapy got even more protection, according to a study of 3.5 million military veterans presented at AAIC. Researchers found an inverse relationship between Alzheimer's and most types of cancer but not prostate cancer and melanoma, which are largely detected through screening rather than symptoms.
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Alzheimer's tests earn failing grades on science, ethical issues

Most online tests for Alzheimer's disease are scientifically invalid and also fail on ethical standards, said a report released at AAIC. Experts rated 16 tests on scientific validity and reliability, human-computer interaction and ethical factors. Three-quarters of the tests were rated as poor or very poor for scientific validity and reliability, and all 16 received poor or very poor grades for ethical standards.
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