Dementia in the News

MD Magazine (June 12, 2015): Q & A with Rudy Tanzi, from Massachusetts General

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Fri, 06/12/2015

Check out the following video presentations from Dr. Rudy Tanzi to


Video on Amyloid Screening and its Role in Alzheimer's Diagnosis


Video:  'Finding Therapies for Alzheimer's Disease - No Easy Task'

Boston Globe (June 21, 2015): When Should You Take the Car Keys from an Aging Parent?

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Sun, 06/21/2015

It’s the conversation no adult child wants to have, the family dynamic few want to discuss publicly. But the pain pours out on an Alzheimer’s help line, where middle-aged sons and daughters call crying, afraid to tell mom or dad it’s time to stop driving, and equally afraid not to.

“That role reversal is overwhelming,” said Ronda Randazzo, the manager of care consultation for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter .

MIT News (June 18, 2015): Uncovering a Dynamic Cortex

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Thu, 06/18/2015

Researchers at MIT have proven that the brain’s cortex doesn’t process specific tasks in highly specialized modules — showing that the cortex is, in fact, quite dynamic when sharing information.

Previous studies of the brain have depicted the cortex as a patchwork of function-specific regions. Parts of the visual cortex at the back of the brain, for instance, encode color and motion, while specific frontal and middle regions control more complex functions, such as decision-making. Neuroscientists have long criticized this view as too compartmentalized.

Time (June 10, 2015): Mental and Social Activity Delays the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

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Wed, 06/10/2015

There’s evidence that such activities do little to change the underlying drivers of Alzheimer’s, but doctors say they delay symptoms.

ABC News (May 25, 2015): Peeking Into Healthy Brains to See If Alzheimer's Is Brewing

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Mon, 05/25/2015

Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer's, but the suspects are its two hallmarks - the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or tangles of a protein named tau that clog dying brain cells. New imaging can spot those tangles in living brains, providing a chance to finally better understand what triggers dementia.

Bay State Banner Be Healthy Supplement (Spring 2015): The Overlap -- Is It Depression or Alzheimer's or Both? (Page 8)

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Fri, 05/22/2015

No longer interested in activities you once enjoyed? Having trouble concentrating or remembering things? Sounds like a clear-cut case of depression. Not so fast, says Dr. Olivia Okereke, the academic director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

"Symptoms of depression and dementia can overlap," she explained. Especially in early stages, it can be hard to distinguish between the two. Further complicating the issue is that both often occur together.

Bay State Banner Be Healthy Supplement (Spring 2015): Alzheimer's Disease -- When They No Longer Know Your Name (Page 4)

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Fri, 05/22/2015

Time's impact on the body is pretty obvious. The hair thins and turns white. Lines and wrinkles invade the skin. We can even lose an inch or two in height.

There are some changes, however, we cannot see. The brain is aging as well. The memory gets a little fuzzy. You walk into a room and can't for the life of you figure out why. These are mild changes, however, and cause little harm - just annoyance.

Harvard Gazette (May 5, 2015): 'New Clarity' Against Alzheimer's

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Tue, 05/05/2015

The past year has been a hopeful one in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. New findings have brought clarity to understanding the disease’s progress; new drugs to attack it are in trials.

Rudolph Tanzi, the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Child Neurology and Mental Retardation at Harvard Medical School, last month was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world for his contributions to that fight, specifically his work uncovering the disease’s genetic underpinnings. 

National Institutes of Health (May 1, 2015): NIH Summit Delivers Recommendations to Transform Alzheimer’s Disease Research

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Fri, 05/01/2015

The National Institutes of Health released recommendations today that provide a framework for a bold and transformative Alzheimer’s disease research agenda. Developed at the recent Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to Treatment and Prevention, the highly anticipated recommendations provide the wider Alzheimer’s research community with a strategy for speeding the development of effective interventions for Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Business Wire (April 29, 2015): Partners HealthCare Announces “Disruptive Dozen” Technologies for 2015 at the World Medical Innovation Forum

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Wed, 04/29/2015

Partners HealthCare today announced its selections for the first annual “Disruptive Dozen,” the 12 emerging technologies with the potential to revolutionize neurological and psychiatric care over the next decade. The “Disruptive Dozen” was developed as a way to highlight the innovations with the greatest potential to impact care in a specific area of medicine. The technologies were featured as part of the World Medical Innovation Forum™, an annual collaborative innovation event held in Boston to examine the state of health care and innovation in a chosen medical discipline.

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