Dementia in the News

Harvard Gazette (March 28, 2016): Road Map

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Mon, 03/28/2016

Even the simplest networks of neurons in the brain are composed of millions of connections. Examining these vast networks is critical to understanding how the brain works, and now, an international team of researchers, led by Wei-Chung Allen Lee, instructor in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, R. Clay Reid of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle and Vincent Bonin of Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF), has published the largest network to date of connections between neurons in the visual cortex.

MIT News (March 17, 2016): “Lost” Memories Can Be Found

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Thu, 03/17/2016

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, patients are often unable to remember recent experiences. However, a new study from MIT suggests that those memories are still stored in the brain — they just can’t be easily accessed.

The MIT neuroscientists report in Nature that mice in the early stages of Alzheimer’s can form new memories just as well as normal mice but cannot recall them a few days later.

Alzheimer's News Today (March 16, 2016): NIH Launches Program to Investigate Link Between Alzheimer’s and Vascular Disease

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Wed, 03/16/2016

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have launched the Molecular Mechanisms of the Vascular Etiology of Alzheimer’s Disease (M²OVE-AD) Consortium to better understand how the body’s vascular system, its network of large and small blood vessels, contributes to Alzheimer’s disease.

U.S. News & World Report (March 13, 2016): Research Offers Clues to Dementia With Language Loss

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Sun, 03/13/2016

Toxic buildup of a protein in the brain's language centers may help drive a rare form of dementia that causes people to lose their ability to use language, a new study finds.

Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago used high-tech imaging to track the buildup of amyloid protein in the brains of people with the language-loss dementia, called primary progressive aphasia (PPA).

They compared those findings to amyloid buildup in the brains of people with memory loss related to Alzheimer's disease.

Harvard Health Publications (March 9, 2016): Decline in Dementia Rate Offers “Cautious Hope”

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Wed, 03/09/2016

“The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will grow each year as the size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continue to increase. The number will escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages.”  2015 Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures

New York Times (March 7, 2016): Screening for Alzheimer’s Gene Tests the Desire to Know

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Mon, 03/07/2016

Marty and Matt Reiswig, two brothers in Denver, knew that Alzheimer’s disease ran in their family, but neither of them understood why. Then a cousin, Gary Reiswig, whom they barely knew, wrote a book about their family, “The Thousand Mile Stare.”

When the brothers read it, they realized what they were facing.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (March 4, 2016): Lisa Genova on Understanding Alzheimer's and the Transition from Neuroscientist to Author

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Fri, 03/04/2016

When award-winning author Lisa Genova's grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she just wanted to understand what she was going through.

So she read … and read … and read.

"I read the scientific literature, I read some textbook stuff on Alzheimer's and then I read a lot of the self-help books, the non-fiction books on Alzheimer's," she tells Jane Hutcheon on One Plus One.

Harvard Medical School (March 3, 2016): Crossing a Barrier

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Thu, 03/03/2016

The blood-brain barrier at the interface between the brain’s blood vessels and nerve cells acts as a vital gatekeeper to the brain, allowing essential nutrients and fluids to pass into the central nervous system and the web of our brain’s neurons while keeping out harmful toxins and bacterial infection. Yet this barrier is so effective that it can also block the delivery of therapies for treating neurological diseases or brain injury.

U.S. News & World Report (March 2, 2016): How to Talk to Someone with Alzheimer's Disease

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Wed, 03/02/2016

When John Ellsworth was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2013, he could already recognize his words just weren't coming out right. The former marketing and design professional and avid gardener struggled to identify flowers and plants, and later the names of close friends. But it wasn't until his wife, Karlene, had to begin finishing his sentences that John felt the gravity of the disease take hold. ​

Washington Post (February 26, 2016): Keeping Mentally Active Doesn’t Stave Off Alzheimer’s Disease — Only Its Symptoms

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Fri, 02/26/2016

The prevailing wisdom about dementia is simple: Keep your mind active as you age to lower the risk of cognitive decline. But is the same true for Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia? New research suggests that the answer is no.

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