Dementia in the News

Science Daily (October 25, 2009): Is It a Visual Problem or Alzheimer's? New Data Helps Doctors Make the Diagnosis

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Sun, 10/25/2009

Sometimes when a patient tells his opthalmologist that he "can't see," what he really means is "I can see, but I can no longer read or write." In a minority of Alzheimer's patients, the disease shows up first as problems with vision rather than memory or other cognitive functions. But diagnosis can be difficult because standard eye exams are often inconclusive for these patients.

Science Daily (October 22, 2009): Manipulating Brain Inflammation May Help Clear Brain of Amyloid Plaques, Researchers Say

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Thu, 10/22/2009

In a surprising reversal of long-standing scientific belief, researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida have discovered that inflammation in the brain is not the trigger that leads to buildup of amyloid deposits and developmentof Alzheimer's disease.

In fact, inflammation helps clear the brain of those noxious amyloid plaques early in the disease development, as seen from studies in mice that are predisposed to the disorder, say the researchers in the online issue of the FASEB journal.

Science Daily (October 22, 2009): Blood Test Shows Promise For Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

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Thu, 10/22/2009

Elderly people exhibiting memory disturbances that do not affect their normal, daily life suffer from a condition called "mild cognitive impairment" (MCI).  Some MCI patients go on to develop Alzheimer's disease within a few years, whereas other cases remain stable,  exhibiting only benign senile forgetfulness. It is crucial to develop simple, blood-based tests enabling early identification of these patients that will progress in order to begin therapy as soon as possible, potentially delaying the onset of dementia.

Science Daily (October 21, 2009): Alzheimer's Lesions Found in the Retina

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Wed, 10/21/2009

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but new research indicates they also may mirror a brain ravaged by Alzheimer's disease.

UC Irvine neuroscientists have found that retinas in mice genetically altered to have Alzheimer's undergo changes similar to those that occur in the brain -- most notably the accumulation of amyloid plaque lesions.

In addition, the scientists discovered that when Alzheimer's therapies are tested in such mice, retinal changes that result might predict how the treatments will work in humans better than changes in mouse brain tissue.

The (UK) Daily Telegraph (October 21, 2009): High Protein Diets Could Cause Alzheimer's

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Wed, 10/21/2009

Researchers found that mice fed meals similar to those of the original Atkin's Diet had brains five per cent lighter than all the others.

They also found that the hippocampus part of the brain, which is responsible for memory, were less developed in those rodents on the high protein diet.

Scientists say the findings, published in the journal Molecular Neurodegeneration, suggest that the ravages of dementia "might be slowed or avoided through healthy eating."

Journal of the American Medical Association (October 21, 2009): American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

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Wed, 10/21/2009

As many as 5.3 million persons in the United States are living with Alzheimer's disease, and an additional 10 million US baby boomers are proejcted to be at risk over their lifetime. Worldwide, with the rapid increase in the older population, Alzheimer disease and related dementias will affect an increasing number of families, with major societal and economic implications. Hence, these are conditions likely to be encountered by a wide range of clinicians.

Boston Globe (October 19, 2009): Age-Old Woes, New Tactic

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Mon, 10/19/2009

When MIT biology professor Leonard Guarente started looking for the Fountain of Youth through this microscope more than a decade ago, compatriots were hard to come by.

"Even my own colleagues thought I was nuts," said Guarente, whose studies of the metabolic pathways in yeast cells might lead to drugs that reverse and prevent aging. "But the scientific community has done a complete 180 in the past 20 years."

New York Times (October 20, 2009): Treating Dementia, but Overlooking its Physical Toll

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Tue, 10/20/2009

Dementia is often viewed as a disease of the mind, an illness that erases treasured memories but leaves the body intact.

But dementia is also a physicial illness, too - a progressive, terminal disease that shuts down the body as it attackes the brain. Although the early stages can last for years, the life expectancy of a patient with advanced dementia is similar to that of a patient with advanced cancer.

Bostonia Magazine (October 1, 2009): Life Goes On

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Thu, 10/01/2009

One early summer Saturday, Ted Clapp, a retired minister and psychologist, invited about twenty of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to lunch at his place north of Portland, Maine. He had set out some family treasures - including arrowheads found on his grandfather's farm, watercolor paintings by some "ancient ancestor," an antique trumpet, and his great-grandfather's sword - that he'd collected over his ninety years.

Floral Park (NY) Dispatch (October 16, 2009): Silver Alert Sytem Will Help Locate Missing Adults With Alzheimer's

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Fri, 10/16/2009

Senator Charles Schumer is pushing legistation to create a nationwide network for locating missing adults and senior citizens with Alzheimer's, dementia and other mental impairments.

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