Dementia in the News

Boston Globe (March 7, 2014): Researcher Receives $8m to Expand Alzheimer’s Study

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Fri, 03/07/2014

A Boston scientist poised to launch a pioneering Alzheimer’s prevention study was awarded an $8 million grant Thursday to expand the research and further explore potential causes of cognitive decline in the mind-robbing disease.

Dr. Reisa Sperling, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School and an Alzheimer’s specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, received the Alzheimer’s Association grant, the largest such research award the group has ever given, the association said.

Harvard Gazette (March 4, 2014): Alzheimer's in a Dish

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Tue, 03/04/2014

Harvard stem cell scientists have successfully converted skins cells from patients with early onset Alzheimer’s into the types of neurons that are affected by the disease, making it possible for the first time to study this leading form of dementia in living human cells. This may also make it possible to develop therapies more quickly and accurately than before.

MGH Development Office (February 26, 2014): Mass General Brain Mapping Reveals Pathways of Human Thought

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Tue, 02/25/2014

Using a little creativity and a lot of new technology, Mass General researchers have created a new generation of brain mapping images that promises to open the door to understanding and treating brain disorders.

Proto Magazine (Winter 2014): Tangled Up in Tau

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Wed, 02/12/2014

Neurologist Bruce Miller calls tau—a floppy, free-form protein—“the holy grail of dementia.” That designation may come as a surprise to anyone who has even a passing interest in the science of end-of-life brain diseases. A different protein, amyloid-beta (Aß), has become famous as the culprit responsible for the so-called senile plaques that gum up the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

On The Brain (Fall 2013): The Wonders of the Middle-Aged Brain

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Mon, 02/10/2014

 As if people reaching their middle years didn't have enough to keep them awake at night—mortgage payments, job demands, the angst of teenage children - a study by French and British researchers last year concluded that our brains start to decline around age 45, smack in the prime of middle age.

Washington Post (February 4, 2014): NIH, Drugmakers, Foundations Partner to Find Meds

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Tue, 02/04/2014

The U.S. National Institutes of Health and numerous biopharmaceutical companies and disease foundations have teamed up on an unusual project to find and bring new medicines to patients faster.

AlzForum (January 31, 2014): A 3-D View One of Neuroscience's Most Famous Brains

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Fri, 01/31/2014

Known for decades as patient H.M., Henry Molaison was familiar, indeed dear, to neuroscientists. In 1953, epilepsy surgery to remove a tiny part of his brain left him forever unable to acquire new facts and store them.

Business Week (January 27, 2014): At 71, Farmer Dresses Wife as China Faces Alzheimer’s Crisis

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Mon, 01/27/2014

In China, there are only about 300 qualified physicians to treat more than 9 million dementia sufferers. The shortage is overwhelming families and threatening resources from an already stretched welfare system as the country ages.

NIH Research Matters (January 27, 2014): Cognitive Training Shows Staying Power

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Mon, 01/27/2014

Ten years after a training program was completed, certain cognitive abilities were still improved in older adults, according to a new report. The findings suggest that cognitive interventions could help older people remain independent for longer.

To test whether training could improve the cognitive abilities of older adults, healthy seniors were recruited from 6 cities between March 1998 and October 1999. The participants averaged 74 years of age and 14 years of education at the beginning of the study; 76% were female, 74% were white, and 26% were African-American.

Harvard Gazette (January 23, 2014): Some Secrets of Longevity

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Thu, 01/23/2014

The average life expectancy in the United States has fallen behind that of other industrialized nations as the American income gap has widened. In addition, better health habits, including those involving weight control, nutrition, and exercise, clearly influence the effects of aging among segments of the U.S. population.

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