Dementia in the News

New York Times (January 20, 2011): FDA Sees Promise in Alzheimer's Imaging Drug

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Thu, 01/20/2011

An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration  recommended unanimously Thursday that the agency approve the first test - a brain scan - that can show the characteristic plaques of Alzheimer's disease  in the brain of a living person. The approval was contingent on radiologists agreeing on what the scans say and doctors being trained in how to read the scans.

New York Times (January 18, 2011): Two Tests Could Aid in Risk Assessment and Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's

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Tue, 01/18/2011

Researchers are reporting major advances toward resolving two underlying problems involving Alzheimer's disease:  How do you know if someone who is demented has it? And how can you screen the general population to see who is at risk?

One study, reported in The New York Times in June, evaluated a new type of brain scan that can detect plaques that are uniquely characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.

New York Times (January 12, 2011): China, in a Shift, Takes on its Alzheimer's Patients

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Wed, 01/12/2011

Last year, an expensive, red-brick residential complex opened here, equipped with a hair salon, cinema, toy-cluttered game rooms and a karaoke suite offering the latest in pop music.

The residents are not Chinese yuppies. They are older patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia in a nursing home that is on the forefront of a new effort by China to deal with its exploding elderly population.

Alzheimer's Association (MA/NH Chapter): 2010 Annual Report

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Fri, 01/07/2011

DEAR FRIENDS

We are pleased to bring you this report on our 30th anniversary in the fight to end Alzheimer's. When the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association was founded, it comprised a small dedicated staff and board of directors. Those individuals went on to make history, establishing programs to help some of the most vulnerable people in our population - families affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias.

New York Times (December 31, 2010): Giving Alzheimer's Patients Their Way, Even Chocolate

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Fri, 12/31/2010

Margaret Nance was, to put it mildly, a difficult case. Agitated, combative, often reluctant to eat, she would hit staff members and fellow residents at nursing homes, several of which kicked her out. But when Beatitudes nursing home agreed to an urgent plea to accept her, all that changed.

Disregarding typical nursing-home rules, Beatitudes allowed Ms. Nance, 96 and afflicted with Alzheimer's, to sleep, be bathed and dine whenever she wanted, even at 2 a.m. She could eat anything, too, no matter how unhealthy, including unlimited chocolate.

Boston Globe (December 25, 2010): Keeping Hold of Faith

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Sat, 12/25/2010

Faith got Bruce Vincent through his first encounter with Alzheimer's disease.

He was in ninth grade, his parents long divorced, and his mother was acting odd. Theresa Vincent would light a cigarette, put it down and light another. Or she would answer the phone, lay down the receiver, and forget someone had called.

Around this time, a friend invited Bruce Vincent to join the Royal Rangers, an Evangelical Christian boys organization. Amid his confusion, the teen found tranquility in the camping trips, camaraderie, and prayer.

New York Times (December 17, 2010): Tests Detect Alzheimer's Early, But Then Comes a Dilemma

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Fri, 12/17/2010

Marjie Popkin thought she had chemo brain, that fuzzy-headed forgetful state that she figured was a result of her treatment for ovarian cancer. She was not thinking clearly - having trouble with numbers, forgetting things she had just heard.

One doctor after another dismissed her complaints. Until recently, since she was, at age 62, functioning well and having no trouble taking care of herself, that might have been the end of her quest for an explanation.

New York Times (December 15, 2010): With Alzheimer's Patients Growing in Numbers, Congress Endorses a National Plan

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Wed, 12/15/2010

Congress has voted unanimously to create, for the first time, a national plan to combat Alzheimer's disease with the same intensity as the attacks on AIDS and cancer.

The bill, expected to be signed by President Obama, would establish a National Alzheimer’s Project within the Department of Health and Human Services, to coordinate the country’s approach to research, treatment and caregiving.

WebMD (December 13, 2010): Good Cholesterol May Lower Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

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Mon, 12/13/2010

Having higher HDL, or "good" cholesterol, may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

Experts say the new study, which was published Monday in the Archives of Neurology, is further evidence of a link between heart disease and dementia, and if the finding is backed by more research, doctors think it may point to a way that people can reduce their risk of both brain and heart trouble later in life, by boosting HDL.

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