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Jose and Elaine Belardo's lives were upended last year when he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Alex Smith/KCUR hide caption

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How Soon Is Soon Enough To Learn You Have Alzheimer's?

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Family Caregivers Exchange Tips, Share Stories To Ease Alzheimer's Losses

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A document developed by a New York end-of-life agency permits people who want to avoid the ravages of advanced dementia to make their final wishes known — while they still have the ability to do so. One version requests that all food and fluids be withheld under certain circumstances. Skynesher/Getty Images hide caption

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This light micrograph of a part of a brain affected by Alzheimer's disease shows an accumulation of darkened plaques, which have molecules called amyloid-beta at their core. Once dismissed as all bad, amyloid-beta might actually be a useful part of the immune system, some scientists now suspect — until the brain starts making too much. Martin M. Rotker/Science Source hide caption

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Scientists Explore Ties Between Alzheimer's And Brain's Ancient Immune System

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Enoki mushrooms have been used in Eastern medicine for hundreds of years and are now being studied for their anti-tumor properties. Mary Shattock/Flickr hide caption

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Mushrooms Are Good For You, But Are They Medicine?

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Bella and Will Doolittle started a podcast to tell their story about Bella's struggle with early-onset Alzheimer's. Brian Mann for NPR hide caption

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To Help Others, One Couple Talks About Life With Early-Onset Alzheimer's

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Alzheimer's disease causes atrophy of brain tissue. The discovery that lymph vessels near the brain's surface help remove waste suggests glitches in the lymph system might be involved in Alzheimer's and a variety of other brain diseases. Alfred Pasieka/Science Source hide caption

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Brain's Link To Immune System Might Help Explain Alzheimer's

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Rats and people may rely on "metamemory" in a variety of different ways, scientists say. For a rat, it's likely about knowing whether you remember that predator in the distance; for people, knowing what we don't know helps us navigate social interactions. fotografixx/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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From Rats To Humans, A Brain Knows When It Can't Remember

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Researchers find that dementia patients who engage in activities such as gathering photographs and talking about family see improvements in their quality of life and are less agitated. Owen Franken/Getty Images hide caption

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Small pulses of electricity to the brain have an effect on memory, new research shows. Science Photo Library/SCIEPRO/Getty Images hide caption

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Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

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A colored magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the brain of a 76-year-old patient with dementia shows the brain has atrophied and the dark brown fluid-filled spaces have become enlarged. Zephyr/Science Source hide caption

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Cancer Drug That Might Slow Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Headed For Bigger Tests

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Diseased brain tissue from an Alzheimer's patient showing amyloid plaques (in blue) located in the gray matter of the brain. Dr Cecil H Fox/Science Source/Getty Images hide caption

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Education may help brains cope with cognitive decline, and treatments for high blood pressure and other health problems may decrease dementia risk. Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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Dementia Risk Declines, And Education May Be One Reason Why

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This image is from lab-grown brain tissue — a minibrain — infected by Zika virus (white) with neural stem cells in red and neuronal nuclei in green. Courtesy of Xuyu Qian and Guo-li Ming hide caption

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'Minibrains' Could Help Drug Discovery For Zika And For Alzheimer's

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The Old Town Museum in Aarhus, Denmark has created a "House of Memories" that's an exact replica of a 1950s apartment. It's intended for Alzheimer's patients, whose memories may be triggered by the sights, sounds and smells from the period, researchers say. Courtesy of Old Town Museum hide caption

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Denmark's 'House Of Memories' Re-Creates 1950s For Alzheimer's Patients

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Experimental drugs that clear clumps of proteins from the brains of Alzheimer's patients haven't panned out yet. Science Photo Library/Pasieka/Getty Images hide caption

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Test Of Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Finds Progress Against Brain Plaques

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