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Every seven seconds, a new case of dementia is diagnosed somewhere in the world, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Pixabay

A new study on Alzheimer’s disease shows that women end up bearing most of the burden – as caregivers, advocates for those with the disease, and as victims of the disease itself. The report asks Congress to pass a comprehensive strategy to manage this growing US epidemic. But the epidemic is not limited to western countries. Every seven seconds, a new case of dementia is diagnosed somewhere in the world, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

A new report takes a look at Alzheimer’s, a disease expected to triple in 40 years because it’s associated with aging, and people the world over are living longer. The report was produced by the Alzheimer’s Association and Maria Shriver, California’s First Lady. Shriver’s life has been touched by Alzheimer’s. Her father was diagnosed with the disease in 2003. That experience was the catalyst for The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s.

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Older adults who received positive airway pressure therapy prescribed for obstructive sleep apnea may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia, new research suggests.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition in which the upper airway collapses repeatedly throughout the night, preventing normal breathing during sleep.OSA is associated with a variety of other neurological and cardiovascular conditions, and many older adults are at high risk for OSA.

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Researchers have developed a method based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) that rapidly identifies currently available medications that may treat Alzheimer’s disease.

The method could represent a rapid and inexpensive way to repurpose existing therapies into new treatments for this progressive, debilitating neurodegenerative condition. Importantly, it could also help reveal new, unexplored targets for therapy by pointing to mechanisms of drug action.

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Parents, take note. If your child is exposed to air pollution, they may have a decline in thinking skills in later life, a study suggests. The study indicates that greater exposure to air pollution at the very start of life was associated with a detrimental effect on people’s cognitive skills up to 60 years later.

“For the first time we have shown the effect that exposure to air pollution very early in life could have on the brain many decades later,” said co-author Tom Russ from the University of Edinburgh.

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