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What are the signs of early-onset Alzheimer's?
Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that begins before the age of 65. Recognizing the initial symptoms can help a person seek treatment earlier and slow the progression of the disease. In this article, learn about ten signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s. We also cover how to help a loved one cope. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's drugs may lead to compulsive behavior
A new study finds that, with time, half of those who take dopamine agonists develop compulsive shopping, eating, gambling, or sexual behaviors. (Medical News Today)

Rheumatoid arthritis: How chronic inflammation affects the brain
A new study shows how rheumatoid arthritis inflammation affects different brain areas. The findings may explain the cognitive symptoms of the condition. (Medical News Today)

Religious belief may extend life by 4 years
A new study of over 1,500 obituaries finds that religious affiliation is linked with a 4-year longevity boost. Social conformity may play a role. (Medical News Today)

A supple aorta might slow brain aging
Researchers investigate the role of arterial stiffness in memory decline in older adults. A flexible aorta may be key to maintaining cognitive ability. (Medical News Today)

The faster you walk, the longer you may live
A habit of walking supports health on numerous levels, but does walking pace influence these benefits? A new study suggests that it may. (Medical News Today)

Research confirms that social interaction protects memory
Memory naturally declines with age, but a new study shows that there may be an easy way to protect it — namely, by staying socially active. (Medical News Today)

How much should seniors exercise to improve brain function?
A new review analyzed several randomized controlled studies to figure out what is the ideal number of hours needed to improve thinking skills in seniors. (Medical News Today)

Aging may be reversed by smoothing out the wrinkles in our...cells
Turns out, it isn't just our skin that gets wrinkled with age, but also our cells. 'Smoothing out' these wrinkles may lead to a long, disease-free life. (Medical News Today)

Link between depression and cognitive decline explored
Following an analysis of existing studies, researchers conclude that there is a link between depression and age-related cognitive decline. (Medical News Today)

Can chewing gum help you walk faster, burn more calories?
Do you chew gum when bored, or after enjoying a very flavorsome meal? You may want to do so while walking, to reap extra health benefits, researchers say. (Medical News Today)

Can saw palmetto reduce enlarged prostate?
Saw palmetto is an herbal remedy with many potential uses in healthcare. One such use is the treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). Although a popular remedy, research into the herb’s efficacy is still ongoing and the results to date are inconclusive. Here, we look at the other treatments also available. (Medical News Today)

Plant pigments may preserve lung function into old age
In addition to their natural antioxidant properties, flavonoids — the compounds that give plants their color — may keep our lungs healthy into old age. (Medical News Today)

Increasing exercise over 6-year span protects the heart
In middle age, some people may be at risk of experiencing heart failure, a condition that often worsens in time. Can upping exercise levels prevent it? (Medical News Today)

Which foods might stop your brain from shrinking?
Our brains tend to shrink with age, which can affect our cognitive functioning. But following the right kind of diet may help to preserve brain volume. (Medical News Today)

Why mindful breathing keeps your brain healthy and young
New research shows that the controlled breathing that is part of meditation practices changes our brains in a way that keeps them youthful and healthy. (Medical News Today)

Boosting memory: Serotonin receptor may be the key
A new study dives into the hippocampus to understand more about how memories are formed. The team identified a key player: a type of serotonin receptor. (Medical News Today)

How to manage thin skin
As a person ages, their skin naturally becomes thinner, less elastic, or papery. While there is no specific way to treat thin skin or to thicken the skin, a person can prevent skin from getting thinner by using retinol creams and avoiding risk factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and spending time in the sun. (Medical News Today)

New dementia risk factors uncovered
Using machine learning techniques, researchers reveal new dementia risks. They conclude that marital status, BMI, and sleep may all play a role. (Medical News Today)

Home remedies for varicose veins
Varicose veins affect around 20 percent of the population. In some people, they may be very uncomfortable and even painful. In this article, we look at some home remedies and natural treatments that can relieve the swelling and pain associated with varicose veins. We also discuss treatment options for varicose veins. (Medical News Today)

Could anxiety lead to dementia?
New research suggests that moderate to severe anxiety in midlife may be an independent risk factor for developing dementia in old age. (Medical News Today)

Pancreatic cancer: Some blood pressure drugs put women at risk
A new study reveals that certain blood pressure drugs are linked with a high risk of pancreatic cancer among postmenopausal women. (Medical News Today)

Female pattern baldness: Treatment and genetics
While most women lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair per day, this hair is usually quickly replaced by new growth. When bald patches or thinning occurs, however, it may be a sign of female pattern baldness. In this article, learn more about the common causes and treatment of hair loss in women. (Medical News Today)

Sitting harms brain health, regardless of exercise
A small study of middle-aged and older adults reveals that more sitting time is linked to greater thinning of a brain region that is important for memory. (Medical News Today)

Late menopause may protect women's memory
New research suggests that age at menopause onset impacts memory. While small, the cognitive benefit may mean a lower risk of dementia years later. (Medical News Today)

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