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  • A new study found that weekly 15-minute "awe walks" have positive effects on mental health.
  • Volunteers reported higher levels of gratitude and compassion after eight weeks of these short walks.
  • Researchers believe this low-cost intervention could help prevent cognitive decline in older adults.
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Only 35 percent of Americans know the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

Yet 80 percent of respondents want to reduce their risk of dementia.

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  • A new MDVIP/Ipsos survey found that only 35 percent of Americans know the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Eighty percent of respondents said they want to reduce their risks.
  • An estimated 7.1 million Americans over the age of 65 will suffer from Alzheimer's by 2025.
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Oxytocin may play a role in protecting against Alzheimer's

Preliminary studies on mice show positive results.

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  • While the exact cause of Alzheimer's remains unknown, researchers are targeting toxic beta-amyloid buildup.
  • A recent study on mice found oxytocin could be a protective agent against plaque buildup.
  • Though more research needs to be conducted, this is a hopeful sign in our fight against a crippling disease.
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As belly size gets larger, the memory center in the brain gets smaller

Researchers at University College London link waist circumference with dementia.

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  • Researchers at University College London have discovered a link between waist circumference and dementia.
  • Seventy-four percent of volunteers that developed dementia were overweight or obese.
  • Women with central obesity had a 39 percent greater risk of dementia.
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By 2050, the U.S. Alzheimer's population will double. We're not prepared.

The Alzheimer's Association says its new analysis and surveys "should sound an alarm regarding the future of dementia care in America."

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  • By 2050, the number of Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer's is expected to rise from 5.8 to 13.8 million.
  • A new report from the Alzheimer's Association highlights how the already-stressed U.S. healthcare system is not prepared to meet this surge.
  • There's currently no cure for Alzheimer's, which is a degenerative and potentially deadly form of dementia.

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