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August 21, 2013   

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Now is the time for younger people to face Alzheimer's

By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5 million to a projected 13.8 million. A member of the millennial generation writes that they need to think about what life will look like as they get older. As the Alzheimer's crisis grows, they can't wait until 2050 to look for solutions.
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Research on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's link could offer benefits

At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC®) in Boston this past July, researchers discussed evidence that suggests there may be more overlap in the pathologies of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's than once thought. The CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation believes that continued work across disease areas may result in an increased impact for more people.
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Eye test for Alzheimer's may show
clear promise for detection

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles have found that the amount of beta-amyloid protein in the brain corresponded closely to the amount of that same protein in the retina in the back of the eye. The scientists have developed an eye test, currently in a clinical trial, to see if it can identify people starting to develop Alzheimer's who don't yet show memory/thinking symptoms.
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