Study: Gene Test Needed Before Using Alzheimer's Drug 'Off-Label'

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat Alzheimer's disease should not be prescribed to people with milder mental impairment without first giving them a genetic test, a new study urges.

Annual Death Toll From Alzheimer's Nearly Doubles in 15 Years

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Alzheimer's disease claims nearly twice as many American lives annually as it did just 15 years ago, a new report shows.

Immune Disorders Such as MS, Psoriasis May Be Tied to Dementia Risk

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with autoimmune diseases -- conditions that cause a person's immune system to turn against the body -- appear to have an increased risk of developing dementia, a new British study suggests.

Could Parkinson's Disease Raise Stroke Risk?

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A large new analysis suggests there may some type of link between Parkinson's disease and the risk for stroke.

Unhealthy in Middle Age, Dementia in Old Age?

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged men and women at risk for heart disease may also face a higher chance of dementia later in life, a new study suggests.

Is Need for More Sleep a Sign of Pending Dementia?

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who begin sleeping more than nine hours a night may face a higher risk of dementia down the road, a new study suggests.

HRT Won't Lower Women's Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who use hormone therapy after menopause may not have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's, a new study suggests.

Small Study Uncovers Brain Disease in Former Soccer Players

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time, researchers have confirmed evidence of the devastating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in retired soccer players.

Many Seniors Take Multiple Meds That Can Affect the Brain

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a sharp rise in the number of American seniors who take three or more medications that affect their brains, a new study reveals.

Naps May Sharpen a Preschooler's Language Skills

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Learning new words can be a challenge for any preschooler, but kids who take naps may have an advantage when it comes to developing language skills, a new study suggests.