Dementia in the News

New York Times (August 12, 2010): Sharing of Data Leads to Progress on Alzheimer's

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Thu, 08/12/2010

In 2003, a group of scientists and executives from the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the drug and medical-imaging industries, universities and nonprofit groups joined in a project that experts say had no precedent: a collaborative effort to find the biological markers that show the progression of Alzheimer's disease in the human brain.

New York Times (August 28, 2010): Years Later, No Magic Bullet Against Alzheimer's Disease

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Sat, 08/28/2010

The scene was a kind of science court. On trial was the question “Can anything - running on a treadmill, eating more spinach, learning Arabic - prevent Alzheimer's disease or delay its progression?”

To try to answer that question, the National Institutes of Health sponsored the court, appointing a jury of 15 medical scientists with no vested interests in Alzheimer’s research. They would hear the evidence and reach a judgment on what the data showed.

New York Times (August 7, 2010): Trying Improv as Therapy for Those with Memory Loss

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Sat, 08/07/2010

Five of the six members of the Memory Ensemble were gathered in a nondescript conference room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, ready to begin their weekly improvisational acting workshop.

“Where’s Irv? We need Irv,” one said.

“Oh, he’s always late,” said another. “He’s very dependable that way.”

The Globe and Mail (August 4, 2010): Deep Brain Stimulation Shows Promise in Fight Against Alzheimer's

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Wed, 08/04/2010

A team of Toronto scientists is pushing Alzheimer's research in a radical new direction - testing whether electrodes implanted deep in patients' brains can jolt their memories into good working order.

New York Times (August 4, 2010): Finding Skeptics on Alzheimer's Push, Advocates Make Case

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Wed, 08/04/2010

Will Alzheimer's disease, a terrible degenerative brain disease with no treatments and no clear guidelines for diagnosis before its end stages, become like heart disease? Will there be early markers of risk, analogous to high cholesterol levels, that will predict who is likely to get it? And will there be drugs that actually prevent it?

Harvard Magazine (July 1, 2010): Forum: On Caregiving

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Thu, 07/01/2010

In 1966, as a visiting medical student at a London teaching hospital, I interviewed a husband and wife, in their early twenties, who had recently experienced a truly calamitous health catastrophe. On their wedding night, in their first experience of sexual intercourse, a malformed blood vessel in the husband's brain burst, leaving him with a disabling paralysis of the right side of his body. Stunned and guilt-ridden, the couple clutched hands and cried silently as they shared their suffering with me.

Harvard Gazette (August 2, 2010): Insights on Healthy Aging

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Mon, 08/02/2010

Harvard researchers have uncovered a mechanism through which caloric restriction and exercise delay some of the debilitating effects of aging by rejuvenating the connections between nerves and the muscles that they control.

The research, conducted in the labs of Joshua Sanes and Jeff Lichtman, both members of the Center for Brain Science at Harvard and professors of molecular and cellular biology, begins to explain prior findings that exercise and restricted-calorie diets help to starve off the mental and physical degeneration of aging.

New York Times (August 2, 2010): Feeding Dementia Patients with Dignity

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Mon, 08/02/2010

First Alzheimer's disease stole Rosemary DeFelice’s speech, mobility and independence. Then, at 75, she lost the ability to eat.

She would chew away at her food, coughing and sputtering and spitting up but swallowing very little, said her daughter, Cyndy Viveiros. And like many relatives caring for patients with advanced dementia, Ms. Viveiros had to decide whether or not to have a gastric feeding tube inserted.

USA Today (August 2, 2010): Heart Impacts Brain: Cardiac Index May Be Dementia Indicator

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Mon, 08/02/2010

Cardiac index - the measure of how well the heart is pumping blood to the brain and the rest of the body - may be a future indicator of a person's risk for developing dementia.

A study in this week's Circulation suggests cardiac index is linked to brain size, even in people without heart disease, a known risk factor for dementia.

99.9 FM WBUR Radio Boston (July 27, 2010): Diagnosing Alzheimer's Earlier

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Tue, 07/27/2010

Imagine a test that could tell you if you would develop Alzheimer's disease well before you experience memory loss or other symptoms. With no cure and limited treatment available, would you take it?

More than five million Americans suffer from the disease. It's the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

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