Dementia in the News

The (UK) Daily Telegraph (April 20, 2010): Obesity Gene May Also Cause Alzheimer's

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Tue, 04/20/2010

Scientists found a pattern of diminished brain volume in those with a variant of the gene known as FTO.

The mutation can cause people to over-eat and is carried by almost half of Caucasians but only 16 percent of Asians, which could help explain why they suffer less from obesity.

Neurologist Professor Paul Thompson and colleagues said the brain differences could not be directly attributed to other obesity-related factors such as cholesterol levels, diabetes or high blood pressure.

BusinessWeek (April 14, 2010): New Alzheimer's Gene Identified

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Wed, 04/14/2010

Researchers have pinpointed a gene variant that nearly doubles the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease, a new study says.

A U.S. research team examined gene variations across the human genome, or full DNA sequence, of 2,269 people with late-onset Alzheimer's and 3,107 people without the disease. This research - known as a genome-wide association study - looks throughout the entire genome for small differences, or variants, in long stretches of DNA that are more prevalent in those with a particular disease or condition.

American Academy of Neurology (April 12, 2010): AAN Issues Guideline on When People with Alzheimer's Disease Should Stop Driving

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Mon, 04/12/2010

The American Academy of Neurology has issued a new guideline to help determine when people with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia should stop driving. The guideline is published in the April 12, 2010, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology and will be presented April 12, 2010, at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting in Toronto.

BusinessWeek (April 12, 2010): Alzheimer's Risk Cut By a Third Eating Veggies, Fish, Poultry

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Mon, 04/12/2010

More than 2,000 Manhattan residents age 65 and older have given researchers one more reason to tell us to eat more greens.

Those who adhered most to diets in dark, leafy vegetables, poultry, fish and nuts and low in red meat, butter and fatty dairy products had a 38 percent lower risk of getting Alzheimer's disease than those who followed that plan the least, according to a report today in the Archives of Neurology.

New York Times (April 5, 2010): Finding Activities For Parents With Memory Loss

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Mon, 04/05/2010

I've invited the clinical psychologist Cynthia Green, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and the author of several books on memory (including "Through the Seasons:  An Activities Book for Memory Challenged Adults and Caregivers"), to join the conversation today. I've been hearing laments about the difficulties of visiting relatives with dementia; people yearn to make that time together enjoyable and meaningful, but they can't always figure out how to connect. Dr. Green has some thoughtful suggestions. - Paula Span


Harvard Gazette (March 26, 2010): Alzheimer's For Humans Only

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Fri, 03/26/2010

Of the millions of animals on Earth, including the relative handful that are considered the most intelligent - including apes, whales, crows, and owls - only humans experience the severe age-related decline in mental abilities marked by Alzheimer's disease.

To Bruce Yankner, professor of pathology and neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), it's pretty clear that evolution is to blame.

EurekAlert (March 24, 2010): Anesthesia Increases Risk of Developing Alzheimer's Disease in Patients with Genetic Predisposition

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Wed, 03/24/2010

The use of repetitive anesthesia with isoflurace (one of the most common anesthetics by inhalation) increases the risk of developing changes similar to those observed in AD brains in mice with mutations of the amyloid precursor protein (APP).

USA Today (March 22, 2010): Down Syndrome Patients Could Unlock Mysteries of Aging

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Mon, 03/22/2010

In 1950, when Marybeth Solinski was born, a diagnosis of Down syndrome was practically a death sentence.

Children with the condition often died before their 10th birthday.

Yet Solinski, at 59, has outlived her parents. She has even joined AARP.

Her longevity illustrates the dramatic progress for people with Down syndrome. Thanks to better medical care, the average life expectancy for a child with Down syndrome is now 60 years, according to the National Down Syndrome Society, which estimates that about 400,000 people are living with the condition in the USA.

New York Times (March 18, 2010): Stressful But Vital: Picking a Nursing Home

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Thu, 03/18/2010

The decision is one of the hardest you will ever make. Your spouse, parent or loved one needs care that assisted living or home health care simply cannot provide. You need to choose a nursing home.

It's a difficult and emotional task. The horror stories are well documented, and even in the best nursing homes, the transition can be wrenching for the entire family.

Finding a good nursing home takes research and perseverance. You want a safe, engaging and pleasant environment with caring staff and solid medical practices.

Alzheimer's Association (March 9, 2010): 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

Publication Date: 
Tue, 03/09/2010

About This Report:

2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures provides a statistical resource for United States data related to Alzheimer's disease, the most common type of dementia, as well as other dementias.

Background and context for interpretation of the data are contained in the Overview. This includes definitions of the types of dementia and a summary of current knowledge about Alzheimer's disease.

Additional sections address prevalence, mortality, caregiving and use and costs of care and services.

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