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Dana Gasby, left, interacts with her mother B. Smith in their East Hampton home on Long Island, New York, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. B. Smith has Alzheimer’s Disease. Karten Moran for The Washington Post via Getty Images

The importance of blood tests for Alzheimer’s: 2 neuroscientists explain the recent findings

A blood test to detect Alzheimer's disease in people who have symptoms and even those who don't has been shown to work. Scientists still need to improve its accuracy rate to almost 100%, however.
Blacks have twice the incidence rates for Alzheimer’s as whites. Getty Images / Science Photo Library

Blacks are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s, but why?

Blacks are at higher risk for many diseases. This is partly due to poverty, discrimination and lack of access to care. But there may be something different about the higher rates of Alzheimer's.
Low blood pressure may cause problems for many older people. Satyrenko/Shutterstock.com

Low blood pressure could be a culprit in dementia, studies suggest

Researchers are looking for ways to determine who's most at risk for dementia and also ways to detect it early. A scientist who has studied low blood pressure makes a case for a link between the two.
Technology can be used to support the caregivers of people living with dementia, however, developers and designers need to take caregiver needs into consideration. Shutterstock

Using technology to support caregivers of older people with dementia

Technological solutions may help to relieve the burden of care for family, service providers and caregivers working with the elderly.
Hundreds of clinical trials have been conducted over the past 10 years to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. They all failed. Shutterstock

Rethinking the approach to fighting Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Despite all efforts, no treatments have been found yet. To increase the odds, we need to rethink our approach and try to better understand it.

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