Dementia in the News

BBC News (September 18, 2013): Alzheimer's Brain Scan Detects Tau Protein

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Wed, 09/18/2013

Pioneering brain imaging that can detect the build-up of destructive proteins linked to Alzheimer's has been developed by Japanese scientists.

It could lead to new ways of diagnosing the condition and of testing the effectivenewss of new drugs.

The technology, reported in the journal Neuron, can identify inside a living brain clumps of a protein called tau that is closely linked to the disease.

Alzheimer's Research UK said it was promising work.

The Herald (September 13, 2013): Alzheimer's Association Recognizes Massachusetts as First State in Nation to Join Alzheimer's Alliance

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Fri, 09/13/2013

The Alzheimer's Association announced that Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to join with the Alzheimer's Early Detection Alliance (AEDA), an Alzheimer's Association program that provides information and resources to employees of organization. All state employees will be able to access information about warning signs of Alzheimer's as well as resources to cope with living with the disease or caring for someone affected.

NBC News (September 6, 2013): How Down Syndrome May Help Unravel Alzheimer's Puzzle

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Fri, 09/06/2013

Scientists have known for decades that people with Down syndrome were at increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, but they didn't know why. Some researchers now believe that understanding the connection between the two conditions might help us unravel the Alzheimer's puzzle and point towards therapies that might slow, or even halt, the dreaded disease.

Harvard Magazine (September 1, 2013): Coping with Alzheimer's

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Sun, 09/01/2013

In the summer of 2006 Harvard professor emerita Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz, '44, RI'69 - long revered for her work on the history of public health and for promoting women at Harvard (she was among the earliest full female professors and the first female House master) - called her daughter, baffled. "She was having trouble making a salad," recalls Debby Rosenkrantz. Was it a case of low blood sugar, or maybe related to a recent arm rash? "I came over with some orange juice and helped her finish making the dinner."

Boston Globe (August 14, 2013): Dementia Care Standards Unveiled for Nursing Homes

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Wed, 08/14/2013

Massachusetts nursing homes that advertise specialized Alzheimer's and dementia care units will be required to provide workers with at least eight hours of initial training to care for such residents, and four additional hours annually, under proposed rules unveiled Wednesday by state regulators.

The rules would also required all licensed nursing homes, and not just those with special dementia units, to provide dementia-specific training for all direct-care workers, which include medical directors, nurses, social workers, dietary aides, therapists and activities staff.

Harvard Health Publications (August 7, 2013): Above-Normal Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia

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Wed, 08/07/2013

There are many reasons to keep your blood sugar under control:  Protecting your arteries and nerves are two of them. Here's another biggie: Preventing dementia, the loss of memory and thinking skills that afflicts millions of older Americans.

U.S. News & World Report (July 30, 2013): When Alzheimer's Affect Sleep

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Tue, 07/30/2013

Some people with Alzheimer's disease - characterized by a loss of brain tissue - have trouble sleeping and/or nighttime wandering.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to improve sleep in people with Alzheimer's:

- Make sure the sleep environment is as cool and dark as possible

- Create a consistent schedule of waking and going to bed

- Expose the person with Alzheimer's to bright light soon after waking

- As bedtime nears, keep lighting dim

- Establish regular and simple routines to complete daily chores

NBC News (July 17, 2013): If You Think You have Alzheimer's, You Just Might, Studies Suggest

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Wed, 07/17/2013

When high school Spanish teacher Joyce Botti started complaining about memory problems a few years ago, doctors dismissed her concerns as normal signs of aging.

But new research being presented Wednesday at an international Alzheimer's conference suggests that Botti's worries - like those of others suffering so-called "senior moments" - could be the earliest indicators of devastating brain disease.

The Lancet (June 26, 2013): The Harvard Biomarker Study's Big Plan

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Wed, 06/26/2013

Clemens Scherzer is caught between centuries. As a researcher-clinician, and one of three co-directors of the Harvard Biomarker Study, he spends much of the time with his eyes firmly on the future - personalised medicine for people with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. But he is also a practicing neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA, and as such has weekly reminders of just how urgent the need for progress is.

The New Yorker (June 24, 2013): Before Night Falls

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Mon, 06/24/2013

Reisa Sperling remembers her grandfather as the robust, genial patriarch of her family. When she was young, he took her ballroom dancing and deep-sea fishing. But as he entered his seventies he became irritable and short-tempered, worried about money, and suspicious of Sperling's father and aunt, whom he accused of stealing from him. Always a dapper dresser, he began to leave his house looking dishevelled. Soon, he couldn't dress himself at all, and he eventually forgot how to use a fork and knife.

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