Dementia in the News

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.

New York Times (December 13, 2010): Insights Give Hope for New Attack on Alzheimer's

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Mon, 12/13/2010

Alzheimer's researchers are obsessed with a small, sticky protein fragment, beta amyloid, that clumps into barnaclelike balls in the brains of patients with this degenerative neurological disease.

It is a normal protein. Everyone’s brain makes it. But the problem in Alzheimer’s is that it starts to accumulate into balls - plaques. The first sign the disease is developing - before there are any symptoms - is a buildup of amyloid. And for years, it seemed, the problem in Alzheimer’s was that brain cells were making too much of it.

Boston Globe (December 13, 2010): Mind Slips

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Mon, 12/13/2010

If you've been worried about forgetting names or misplacing car keys, you're not alone. You also are probably not losing your mind.

Family doctors say their baby boomer patients often worry that such forgetfulness portends a dementia-filled future.

New York Times (December 6, 2010): No Memory, But He Filled in the Blank

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Mon, 12/06/2010

He did two crossword puzzles a day, sometimes more, working through the list of clues in strict order, as if to remember where he was.

And, perhaps, what he was doing.

Henry Gustav Molaison -  known through most of his life only as H.M., to protect his privacy - became the most studied patient in the history of brain science after 1953, when an experimental brain operation left him, at age 27, unable to form new memories.

ABC News (November 29, 2010): Aging Reversed in Mice, Say Scientists

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Mon, 11/29/2010

Scientists have turned back the clock in mice they engineered to age faster than normal, an advance they suggest is the first time aging in mice has been reversed.

Researchers at Harvard-affiliated medical centers genetically manipulated mice to age faster, and then used gene therapy to lengthen telomeres - compounds found at the ends of strands of DNA - which reversed age-related problems such as decreased brain function and infertility.

CNN (November 29, 2010): Walking May Slow Brain Decline

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Mon, 11/29/2010

Three studies presented Monday at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting use imaging techniques to show how exercise can affect our bodies and brains.

Walking may slow cognitive decline in adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, as well as benefiting brains of healthy adults.

New York Times (November 25, 2010): In a Land of the Aging, Children Counter Alzheimer's

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Thu, 11/25/2010

They were stooped, hobbled, disoriented, fumbling around the house. They got confused in the bathtub and struggled up stairs that seemed to swim before them.

“Oh, it hurts,” said Noh Hyun-ho, sinking to the ground.

“I thought I was going to die,” said Yook Seo-hyun.

Harvard Gazette (November 18, 2010): Probing the Golden Years

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Thu, 11/18/2010

In the basement of Harvard Law School's Hemenway Gymnasium, a battle of ages is being waged.

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