Dementia in the News

USA Today (August 25, 2009): As Waistlines Widen, Brains Shrink

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Tue, 08/25/2009

For every excess pound piled on the body, the brain gets a little smaller.

That's the message from new research that found that elderly individuals who were obese or overweight had significantly less brain tissue than individuals of normal weight.

"The brains of obese people looked 16 years older than their healthy counterparts while [those of] overweight people looked 8 years older," said UCLA neuroscientist Paul Thompson, senior author of a study published online in Human Brain Mapping.

USA Today (September 8, 2009): Cancer Drug May Fight Alzheimer's

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Tue, 09/08/2009

New research suggests that a cancer drug might be able to restore day-to-day memory in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

The disease, the most common form of dementia among the elderly, is expected to afflict 120 million people worldwide by 2050. Often the first sign is loss of short-term memory.

USA Today (September 21, 2009): Alzheimer's Disease is Sharply Rising, But You can Lower Your Odds

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Mon, 09/21/2009

The world's population is graying, and as a result, nations around the globe are staring down a rising tide of people who will grapple with the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. According to a new report from Alzheimer's Disease International, some 35.6 million people worldwide will have a form of dementia in 2010. That number is expected to nearly double every 20 years, reaching an estimated 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.

Science Daily (September 15, 2009): Alzheimer's Disease Results in Greater Language Impairments in More Highly-Educated than Less Learned Patients, New Study Suggests

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Tue, 09/15/2009

A postgraduate researcher at the University of Hertfordshire has found that Alzheimer's disease (AD) results in greater language impairments in more highly-educated than less learned patients.

The research also revealed that women with the disease fare worse on language tasks, which have been traditionally associated with better performance in healthy women.

CNN (June 10, 2009): GPS Shoe to Track Alzheimer's Patients

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Wed, 06/10/2009

A new shoe outfitted with a GPS chip aims to offer peace of mind to Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.

The embedded GPS tracking system will allow the wearer of the shoe to be located instantly online and for their whereabouts to be monitored in real time.

The shoe may offer hope to the growing number of people with Alzheimer's disease. More than 26 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer's, and the figure is set to exceed 106 million by 2050, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health.

The Scotsman (September 8, 2009): Infections Can Worsen Alzheimer's

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Tue, 09/08/2009

Alzheimer's sufferers who catch a cold or a stomach bug need to be treated as soon as possible to prevent it worsening their dementia, new research has suggested.

A study by scientists at the University of Southampton found a link between the infections and an increase in inflammation-like reactions in the brain, which led to an increased rate of cognitive decline.

ABC News (August 1, 2009): Est. 200,000 Americans Living with Early Alzheimer's -- and They Have Not Hit 65

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Sat, 08/01/2009

At the age of 46, Jay Jones started to change.

The owner of a $20 million yacht dealership and married for only two years to his wife, Laura, Jones noticed subtle differences. His wife began noticing them, too.

"The beginning was the personality changes," Laura Jones said. "He was more agitated. He was more nervous and then getting lost."

Time (August 26, 2009): What Britney Spears Can Reveal About Alzheimer's

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Wed, 08/26/2009

One of the many tragedies of Alzheimer's disease is that patients don't know until it's too late that they actually have the condition. By the time the first signs of forgefulness and confusion set in, experts believe, the disease has already been ravaging the brain for a decade or more, causing irreversible damage.

USA Today (July 13, 2009): Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress are at High Risk of Dementia

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Mon, 07/13/2009

Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a significantly higher risk of developing dementia comparing with veterans who don't have the disorder, a study reports today.

Using data from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Patient Care Database, scientists from the University of California-San Francisco analyzed files of 181,093 veterans ages 55 and older without dementia from 1997 to 2000. The mean age at the start of the study was 68, and 97% were male.

HealthDay News (July 2, 2009): Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia

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Thu, 07/02/2009

Middle-aged adults who live alone are twice as likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer's disease later in life compared to those who are married or live with a partner. And the risk is three times higher among those who are divorced or widowed, according to a new study by Swedish and Finnish researchers.

The study included 2,000 men and women in Finland who were initially surveyed when they were 50 years old and again 21 years later.

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