Dementia in the News

EurekAlert (March 15, 2010): Fruit Flies and Test Tubes Open New Window on Alzheimer's Disease

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Mon, 03/15/2010

A team of scientists from Cambridge and Sweden have discovered a molecule that can prevent a toxic protein involved in Alzheimer's disease from building up in the brain. Dr. Leila Luheshi, of the Department of Genetics at University of Cambridge, et al. found that in test tube studies, the molecule not only prevents the protein from forming clumps but can also reverse the potentially toxic process. Then, using fruit flies engineered to develop a fly equivalent of Alzheimer's disease, they showed that the same molecule effectively "cures" the insects of the disease.

National Institutes of Health (March 15, 2010): Brain Activities Bring Together Area Students, NIH Scientists

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Mon, 03/15/2010

Busloads of students from Washington, D.C., area schools will visit the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on March 17 and 18 for a special experience. These students, grades five through eight, will participated in the museum's 11th annual Brain Awarenesss Week. During these two days, scientists from five Institutes at the National Institutes of Health will host interactive sessions focusing on brain health and neuroscience.

New York Times (June 27, 2009): Getting Insurance For One's Frailest Years

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Sat, 06/27/2009

In our house, we talk a lot about long-term care. My dad is 92 and afflicted by dementia and failing eyesight.

Luckily, I'm blessed with three wonderful siblings who do the hard work of caring for my father and making sure he can stay in his own home in suburban Detriot. But my visits from Brooklyn to spell my siblings are becoming increasingly complex, as my father needs more care and loses track of exactly who I am.

New York Times (September 19, 2009): Taking Care of Parents Also Means Taking Care of Finances

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Sat, 09/19/2009

Denise Egrebrecht needed a break.

It had been three years since her 86-year-old mother, Eleanor Schwartz, moved in with her and her husband in their home in Johnsburg, Ill. Mrs. Schwartz has Alzheimer's disease and has trouble moving around, so Mrs. Egebrecht helps her mother with her shower each day, makes sure she's fed and takes her on small excursions to the mall in a portable wheelchair. The routine includes occasionally reminding her mother of what day it is and where she's living.

New York Times (September 26, 2009): When Elder Care Problems Escalate, You Can Hire An Expert

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Sat, 09/26/2009

Caring for an elderly parent is emotionally and mentally draining. There are diagnoses to decipher, housing issues to consider, health aides to vet and a raft of legal documents to complete. It can seem overwhelming, even when families are in complete agreement on how to care for an elderly relative. And often they are not.

New York Times (March 12, 2010): Finding the Right Care for the Elderly

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Fri, 03/12/2010

Two years ago my father, then 83, became very ill. Until then, he had been living alone in a pleasant one-bedroom apartment on the Hudson River, an hour's drive from my home in Brooklyn.

After a couple of months in the hospital, it became clear that my dad, Harvey Alderman, could not return to solo living. He was fragile and forgetful, and there was no way he could keep track of the 14 or so pills he had to take each day.

EurekAlert (March 11, 2010): New Alzheimer's Test Offers Better Opportunities For Early Detection

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Thu, 03/11/2010

Early detection is key to more effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of cognitive impairment, and new research shows that a test developed at the University of Tennessee is more than 95 percent effective in detecting cognitive abnormalities associated with these diseases.

The test, called CST - for computerized self-test - was designed to be both effective and relatively simple for medical professionals to administer and for patients to take.

CNN News (March 9, 2010): 'Drowning in Alzheimer's': Minorities Struggle With Dementia

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Tue, 03/09/2010

Francisca Terrazas could not be left alone.

She burned her foot pouring boiling water over an ant hill in her driveway. She would wander for hours searching for aluminum cans. The effects of Alzheimer's disease had taken hold.

Minorities such as Terrazas are at greater risk for the degenerative disease, according to an Alzheimer's Association report released Tuesday. It found that African-Americans are about two times more likely and Hispanics are about 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

New York Times (March 8, 2010): Infection Defense May Spur Alzheimer's

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Mon, 03/08/2010

For years, a prevailing theory has been that one of the chief villains in Alzheimer's disease has no real function other than as a waste product that the brain never properly disposed of.

The material, a protein called beta amyloid, or A-beta, piles up into tough plaques that destroy signals between nerves. When that happens, people lose their memory, their personality changes and they stop recognizing friends and family.

New York Times (March 8, 2010): A Little Black Box to Jog Failing Memory

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Mon, 03/08/2010

On a cold, wet afternoon not long ago, Aron Reznick sat in the lounge of a home for the elderly here, his silver hair neatly combed, his memory a fog. He could not remember Thanksgiving dinner with his family, though when he was given a hint - "turkey" - it came back to him, vaguely, like a shadow in the moonlight.

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