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Read the latest scientific news and updates on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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Family member availability predicts likelihood of unpaid care for people living with dementia
A study of nearly 2,900 older adults with dementia conducted by NIA-supported researchers suggests that the availability of family members determines the likelihood of unpaid care rather than paid care.
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Growing evidence for personality traits connection to Alzheimer’s amyloid and tau
NIA-supported researchers found that people whose personalities were less neurotic and more conscientious tended to have lower levels of amyloid and tau deposits and Alzheimer’s disease pathology in the brain.
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NIA-VA effort increases recruitment of veterans for Alzheimer’s research
Learn about NIA's and the VA's effort to increase recruitment of veterans to participate in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias research.
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Sex-specific differences in aging and Alzheimer’s disease may be tied to genetics
A new NIA-supported study shows a sex-dependent association between X chromosome gene expression and cognitive and neuropathological changes in aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Mini-brain model of frontotemporal dementia demonstrates the stages of dysfunction that lead to cell death
Scientists supported by NIA have created mini-brains to model the sequence of deleterious events that leads to cell death in inherited frontotemporal dementia.
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A new strategy for Alzheimer’s disease treatment targets cell-wide protein malfunction
A new strategy that targets cell-wide protein malfunction shows promise as potential biomarkers and therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease and brain cancer, an NIA-funded study finds.
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Explore, now available in Spanish, a new federal government website designed to help educate and support people whose lives are touched by dementia.
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Scientists use human-derived brain cells to develop more realistic ‘disease-in-a-dish’ models of Alzheimer’s
Scientists use the innate flexibility of stem cells to create more realistic ‘disease-in-a-dish’ models of Alzheimer’s disease, providing potential new ways to uncover the molecular mechanisms of and treatments for the disease.
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Physical activity associated with slower cognitive decline in people with high levels of tau protein
Study shows that measuring Alzheimer’s-associated tau protein in blood could help illuminate benefits of physical activity and other health behaviors in slowing cognitive decline.
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Precision medicine data dive shows water pill may be viable to test as Alzheimer’s treatment
A commonly available, FDA-approved oral diuretic pill may be a potential candidate for an Alzheimer’s disease treatment for those who are at genetic risk, according to findings published in Nature Aging and funded by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).