Dementia in the News

2016 Alzheimer's Association (MA/NH Chapter) Annual Report: A Commitment to Accelerating Research

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Thu, 12/01/2016

In an old factory building with breathtaking views of Boston Harbor and the Charlestown Navy Yard, a group of
more than 20 researchers spend their Thursday afternoon looking at brain scans and discussing their findings of the week.  This doesn’t look like your stereotypical image of research in a lab. There are no white coats, beakers and mice. This is what is known as a dry lab.

Boston Globe (December 7, 2016): LED Technology From MIT to be Used by Startup Working on Alzheimer’s Treatment

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Wed, 12/07/2016

MIT technology using LED lights has been licensed to a biotech startup that’s trying to develop a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, which affects an estimated 47 million people worldwide.

Cognito Therapeutics Inc., based jointly in Cambridge and San Francisco, said Wednesday that it has secured a license to intellectual property stemming from the scientific discoveries of Li-Huei Tsai and Ed Boyden, professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s department of brain and cognitive sciences.

Boston Globe (November 14, 2016): Their Brains Had the Telltale Signs of Alzheimer’s. So Why Did They Still Have Nimble Minds?

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Mon, 11/14/2016

he defective proteins that are widely thought to kill brain neurons and cause, or at least indicate, Alzheimer’s disease do not always have that calamitous result, scientists reported on Monday, raising more doubts about conventional approaches to diagnosing and finding treatments for Alzheimer’s.

Harvard Gazette (October 27, 2016): Mapping Alzheimer's

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Thu, 10/27/2016

A novel approach to analyzing brain structure that focuses on the shape, rather than the size, of particular features may allow identification of individuals who are in the early, pre-symptomatic stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

A team of Harvard Medical School investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital used advanced computational tools to analyze data from standard MRI scans.

Fox News Latino (September 28, 2016): U.S. Latinos Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease Expected to Grow More Than 800%

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Wed, 09/28/2016

A recent report doesn’t bode well for the population of aging Latinos in the United States.

According to “Latinos and Alzheimer’s Disease: New Numbers Behind the Crisis,” which was released last week, as many as 3.5 million Latinos are expected to develop Alzheimer’s disease by 2060 – an 832 percent increase.

Barring discovery of a cure or significant treatment, the number of Latinos in the U.S. living with Alzheimer’s will grow from 379,000 in 2012 to one million by 2030.

Harvard Gazette (September 13, 2016): Clues to How ‘Super-Agers’ Retain Young Memories

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Tue, 09/13/2016

Some loss of memory is usually considered an inevitable part of aging, but new research reveals how some people appear to escape that fate. A study by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital examined a group of older adults with extraordinary memory performance and found that certain key areas of their brains resembled those of young people.

National Public Radio (September 13, 2016): Denmark's 'House Of Memories' Re-Creates 1950s For Alzheimer's Patients

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Tue, 09/13/2016

A living history museum usually conjures up images of butter churns and anvils. At Den Gamle By (The Old Town) Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, you'll find all that. But tucked away in one corner of this museum, there's also something different - an entire apartment straight out of the 1950s.

The "House of Memories" is not usually open to the public, and it's not aimed at schoolchildren sent to learn about a distant and exotic past.

National Institutes of Health (September 8, 2016): NIH Award Expands Landmark Alzheimer’s Biomarker Study

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Thu, 09/08/2016

The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) - the long-running National Institutes of Health-supported study investigating brain and fluid biomarkers of the disease - enters a new phase of discovery with the launch of ADNI3. With the recent NIH award of approximately $40 million over the next five years—coupled with anticipated private sector contributions of $20 million through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) - ADNI3 will use cutting-edge technologies in brain imaging as it recruits hundreds of new volunteers.

The Pulse (September 1, 2016): African-Americans Often Say No to Clinical Trials. Our Reporter Asked Her Mom "Why?"

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Thu, 09/01/2016

All the big-name medicines you know about are tested for safety and effectiveness before they reach the pharmacy shelf. And before that - hundreds or thousands of people had to agree to participate in the clinical trial. It's how researchers find cures

However, women, people who live in rural communities, older adults, and members of ethnic and racial minorities are often missing from those studies. That means some of those blockbuster medicines could have an asterisk on the label that says: "Tested on middle-age white guys, but we're hoping it helps you too."

Future Travel Experience (August 18, 2016): Heathrow Airport Launches Programme to Offer Dementia-Friendly Experience

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Thu, 08/18/2016

Heathrow Airport is now working with the Alzheimer’s Society so it can learn about dementia and offer the best experience for travellers with the illness.

The programme is called ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ and is part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020. The challenge encourages businesses to become more dementia-friendly, so those with the illness can be treated correctly. Heathrow has said all 76,000 staff at the airport will become more aware of the illness through various classes and online resources.

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