Dementia in the News

Havard Gazette (October 17, 2011): HMS Launches Major Initiative in Development of Livesaving Drugs

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Mon, 10/17/2011

Taking aim at the alarming slowdown in the development of new and lifesaving drugs, Harvard Medical School (HMS) is launching the Initiative in Systems Pharmacology, a comprehensive strategy to transform drug discovery by convening biologists, chemists, pharmacologists, physicists, computer scientists, and clinicians to explore together how drugs work in complex systems.

PBS NewsHour (October 13, 2011): Search for Alzheimer's Cure Leads Researchers to Columbian Highlands

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Thu, 10/13/2011

The search for a cure for Alzheimer's disease has taken researchers to a remote region in the Columbian Highlands. Tom Clarke of Independent Television News reports.

PR NewsWire (October 11, 2011): Alzheimer's Association Offers New Tools to Aid Difficult Driving Conversations

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Tue, 10/11/2011

Driving demands quick reaction time and fast problem-solving. Due to the progressive nature of the disease, every person with Alzheimer's will eventually become unable to drive. The Alzheimer's Association recommends that families discuss driving before a crisis, ideally while the person with Alzheimer's is still able to participate in the conversation and decision-making process.

The Japan Times (October 6, 2011): Tango Therapy Helping Seniors Keep Fit, Alert

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Thu, 10/06/2011

With more people living well into their 80s and beyong, the problem of how to stay fit, alert and happy for as long as possible in their golden years has become important for both seniors and their caregivers.

Across the country, some nursing homes have introduced "tango therapy" to their residents and have achieved great success because the Argentine dance has an amazing effect of reinvigorating both body and mind.

New York Times (October 3, 2011): Hoping to Crack Alzheimer's, Together as a Family

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Mon, 10/03/2011

For the Betancur family, it was a kind of pilgrimage, an act of faith in science.

In September, four family members traveled from Medellin, Colombia, to the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix, along with eight distant relatives. There are many more where they came from, about 5,000 - all members of the largest extended family linked to an inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease.

U.S. News & World Report (September 28, 2011): End-Stage Alzheimer's Patients Often Hospitalized Unnecessarily

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Wed, 09/28/2011

Almost one in every five patients with advanced Alzheimer's or other form of severe dementia will be shuttled from a nursing home to a hospital during their last few months of life, a new U.S. study shows.

The study's authors believe that many of those troublesome "transitions" aren't needed.

Depending on where a patient lives, as many as 37.5 percent may be hospitalized, the study found.

EurekAlert (September 21, 2011): Human Genetics Study Identifies the Most Common Cause of ALS and Dementia

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Wed, 09/21/2011

Scientists have made an exciting breakthrough in unraveling the genetic basis of two debilitating neurodegenerative disorders, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Two independent studies, published online this week by Cell Press in the journal Neuron, identify a new human genetic mutation as the most common cause of ALS and FTD identified to date. This mutation explains at least a third of all familial cases of ALS and FTD within the European population.

Time (September 14, 2011): U.S. Prepares a National Plan for Alzheimer's

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Wed, 09/14/2011

As her mother's Alzheimer's worsened over eight long years, so did Doreen Alfaro's bills:  The walker, then the wheelchair, then the hospital bed, then the diapers - and the caregivers hired for more and more hours a day so Alfaro could go to work and her elderly father could get some rest.

Alfaro and her husband sold their California house to raise money for her mother's final at-home care. Six years later, the 58-year-old Alfaro wonders if she eventually develops Alzheimer's, too, "what happens to my care? Where will I go?"

Yahoo News (August 23, 2011); Alzheimer's Foundation of America Creates Unique Division for College Students

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Tue, 08/23/2011

Recognizing that an increasing number of college students may be facing Alzheimer's disease in their own families or are looking to get involved in a worthy cause, the Alzheimer's Foundation of American (AFA) has unveiled a unique network for college students --- AFA on Campus.

Internal Medicine News (August 2, 2011): Unique Patients Gear Up For Alzheimer's Prevention Trials

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Tue, 08/02/2011

Interim findings from the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network study provide encouraging insights about the potential for preclinical detection of Alzheimer's disease and are setting the stage for prevention trials to begin as early as 2012.

Specifically, the findings from the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) suggest that measurable changes in brain chemistry are apparent at up to 20 or more years before the onset of dementia in Alzheimer's disease patients, DIAN investigators reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.

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