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Onions and garlic may protect against breast cancer

Onions and garlic are part of the allium genus, along with leeks, chives, and hundreds of other species. Rich in flavor, with a strong, pungent kick, these "feisty" vegetables may also be able to fight off diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, according to emerging evidence. ARTICLE

Detecting Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease In Innovative Ways

The progression and symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, typically identified in patients in their 40s or 50s, can vary dramatically depending on the individual. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “getting an accurate diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's can be a long and frustrating process. Symptoms may be incorrectly attributed to stress or there may be conflicting diagnoses from different health care professionals.” ARTICLE

Get a mammogram because breast cancer can sneak up on you

Triple-negative breast cancer is a cancer that tests negative for the three common receptors typically found in breast cancer. It occurs infrequently but tends to be more aggressive and has fewer treatment options. It is also about twice as common, both in proportion of breast cancers and in incidence rates among black women than white women in the U.S., a factor that is often considered as one contributor to lower breast cancer survival among black patients. ARTICLE

Exercise could slow withering effects of Alzheimer's

Exercising several times a week may delay brain deterioration in people at high risk for Alzheimer's disease, according to a study that scientists say merits further research to establish whether fitness can affect the progression of dementia. ARTICLE

Who’s Missing From Breast Cancer Trials? Men, Says the F.D.A.

In recent years, health officials have pushed aggressively to include more women in clinical trials of new drugs. Gone is the ban that once excluded women of childbearing age from participating in studies. Even scientists who work with animals are now encouraged to include mice and rats of both sexes. ARTICLE

Study Identifies Targetable Immune Component of Alzheimer's Disease

If you’ve spent time with individuals affected with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), you might have noticed that some people lose their memory and other cognitive skills more slowly than others. Why is that? New findings indicate that at least part of the answer may lie in differences in their immune responses. ARTICLE

USPSTF updates recommendations on risk-reducing breast cancer medication

Healthcare providers should offer risk-reducing medications such as tamoxifen, raloxifene and aromatase inhibitors to women at an increased risk of breast cancer or low risk of experiencing adverse effects, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The full recommendation statement was published by JAMA. ARTICLE

Scientists link 'hunger hormone' to memory in Alzheimer's study

Scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas have found evidence suggesting that resistance to the "hunger hormone" ghrelin in the brain is linked to the cognitive impairments and memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The findings, based on observations of postmortem brain-tissue samples from Alzheimer's patients and on experiments with a mouse model of AD, also suggest a possible treatment strategy for the incurable neurodegenerative disorder that affects about 5.8 million older adults in the United States. ARTICLE

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