Dementia in the News

National Institute on Aging (April 7, 2015): Nations Gather to Coordinate Global Dementia Research

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Tue, 04/07/2015

NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes joined health ministers, leading scientists, and advocates from around the world March 16-17 in Geneva, Switzerland, to advance dementia research planning on a global scale.

Sing Tao Daily (March 28, 2015); 徐志達醫師談健康養身之道 [Dr. David Hsu Speaks on Ways to Cultivate Good Health]

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Sat, 03/28/2015

The Sing Dao Daily -- one of the world's widely-read Chinese daily news -- reports on Dr. David Hsu's recent presentation on maintaining good health at the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center!

 

本報記者菊子波士頓報道:年紀漸長後要保持身體健康,方法其實很簡單。麻省總醫院(MGH)老年心理醫師徐志達指出,只要注意睡眠,飲食及運動就行了。

徐志達提醒人的指出,要學會閱讀食品標籤上標注的營養成分,儘量避免反式脂肪,注意百分比,建議人不妨改以Farro取代米飯。

他以西方人愛吃的奶酪通心粉,中國人愛吃的烤鰻魚分別舉例,說明這兩種食品的營養成分標籤。

例如一包奶酪通心粉,約等於三份餐食的份量,其中含有3毫克的反式脂肪,720毫克的鈉。烤鰻魚罐頭,一罐大約有二份餐時的份量,含有0.2毫克的反式脂肪,23%的膽固醇。

徐志達指出,醫學界現在認為反式脂肪對健康有害,大家到超市買食品時,學會閱讀食品營養成分標籤,就可辨別出哪些食品才有益健康。

Boston Globe (March 27, 2015): Researchers Seek to Short-Circuit Alzheimer’s

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Fri, 03/27/2015

The radio ad pierced Helene DeCoste’s thoughts as she drove home from an exhausting day in Lexington, clearing out mountains of paperwork in her older sister’s house. Bills and documents had piled up as her sister sank into a fog of dementia.

Boston researchers, the radio ad said, sought volunteers to test an Alzheimer’s drug. DeCoste, who watched her mother die of Alzheimer’s and is witnessing the same decline in her 73-year-old sister, dialed the study number soon after she got home.

 

New York Times (March 25, 2015): In Iceland's DNA, New Clues to Disease-Causing Genes

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Wed, 03/25/2015

Scientists in Iceland have produced an unprecedented snapshot of a nation’s genetic makeup, discovering a host of previously unknown gene mutations that may play roles in ailments as diverse as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and gallstones.

CBS News (March 24, 2015): New Trial to Treat Alzheimer's Seen as "Game Changing"

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Tue, 03/24/2015

Helene DeCoste of Boston is a patient in a ground breaking clinical trial, testing whether a drug called Solanezumab can slow down or even prevent Alzheimer's disease. No drug has even come close before, but researchers have never tested patients quite like Helene in quite this way before.

"She is a perfect patient for this trial," said Dr. Reisa Sperling, a physician at Harvard University and the project director of what's called the A4 Study.

CBS News (March 23, 2015): Many Alzheimer's Patients Not Told Their Diagnosis

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Mon, 03/23/2015

Doctors are not telling a majority of their patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's that they have the degenerative brain disease, a new report shows.

The research, conducted by the Alzheimer's Association, involved patients whose Medicare records listed treatments that are specific to Alzheimer's disease.

However, when the researchers asked the patients (or a caregiver as a proxy) if their doctor had informed them that they had the brain-robbing disease, only 45 percent said they had been told so by their doctor.

Harvard Gazette (March 19, 2015): Smarter by the Minute, Sort of

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Thu, 03/19/2015

New research is changing long-held ideas of how our minds age, painting a richer picture of different cognitive skills peaking across a lifetime, with at least one - vocabulary - peaking at a time when many are considering retirement.

Massachusetts General Hospital (March 17, 2015): MGH Aims to Find Alzheimer’s Disease Cure

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Tue, 03/17/2015

If you have a friend or loved one who is battling Alzheimer’s disease, you know just how cruel the illness can be. Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and its rate of diagnosis is increasing as the baby boomer generation ages. Sadly, there is no cure for the disease and no treatments are effective in slowing its progression. But there is hope.

Broad Institute (March 13, 2015): For Drivers of Alzheimer’s Disease, Check the Roadmap

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Fri, 03/13/2015

Recently, the BroadMinded blog highlighted the exciting science emerging from the Roadmap Epigenomics program, resulting in the most comprehensive map of the human epigenome — the collection of chemical changes to DNA and its supporting proteins that help control how genes are turned on or off.

News Medical (March 11, 2015): Two Researchers to Receive Potamkin Prize for Research on Alzheimer's Disease

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Wed, 03/11/2015

The American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation are awarding the 2015 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's and Related Diseases to Peter Davies, PhD, of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY, and Reisa A. Sperling, MD, of the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

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