Dementia in the News

New York Times (December 6, 2010): No Memory, But He Filled in the Blank

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Mon, 12/06/2010

He did two crossword puzzles a day, sometimes more, working through the list of clues in strict order, as if to remember where he was.

And, perhaps, what he was doing.

Henry Gustav Molaison -  known through most of his life only as H.M., to protect his privacy - became the most studied patient in the history of brain science after 1953, when an experimental brain operation left him, at age 27, unable to form new memories.

ABC News (November 29, 2010): Aging Reversed in Mice, Say Scientists

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Mon, 11/29/2010

Scientists have turned back the clock in mice they engineered to age faster than normal, an advance they suggest is the first time aging in mice has been reversed.

Researchers at Harvard-affiliated medical centers genetically manipulated mice to age faster, and then used gene therapy to lengthen telomeres - compounds found at the ends of strands of DNA - which reversed age-related problems such as decreased brain function and infertility.

CNN (November 29, 2010): Walking May Slow Brain Decline

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Mon, 11/29/2010

Three studies presented Monday at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting use imaging techniques to show how exercise can affect our bodies and brains.

Walking may slow cognitive decline in adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, as well as benefiting brains of healthy adults.

New York Times (November 25, 2010): In a Land of the Aging, Children Counter Alzheimer's

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Thu, 11/25/2010

They were stooped, hobbled, disoriented, fumbling around the house. They got confused in the bathtub and struggled up stairs that seemed to swim before them.

“Oh, it hurts,” said Noh Hyun-ho, sinking to the ground.

“I thought I was going to die,” said Yook Seo-hyun.

Harvard Gazette (November 18, 2010): Probing the Golden Years

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Thu, 11/18/2010

In the basement of Harvard Law School's Hemenway Gymnasium, a battle of ages is being waged.

National Institutes of Health (November 15, 2010): Mouse Study Shows Effect of Blood Pressure Drug on Alzheimer's Disease

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Mon, 11/15/2010

A drug used decades ago to treat high blood pressure has been shown to improve learning and memory in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study found that the drug, diazoxide, acted on nerve cells in the mouse brain in ways that slowed the development of the neurodegenerative disorder. The findings appear in the Nov 15 2010 print edition of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Boston Globe (November 14, 2010): Feeling Him Slipping Away

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Sun, 11/14/2010

Bruce Vincent works his way up and down the aisles of the grocery store he has owned for two decades, methodically unpacking crates of food, stocking shelves, and breaking down the empty cartons.

Midway down aisle 2, Vincent hesitates, unsure where the fudge-coated peanuet butter cookies go. The redesigned package throws him, so he tucks them amid crackers on the top shelf and continues down the row.

CNN (November 10, 2010): With Love and Fear, Alzheimer's Youngest Caretakers Watch Over Parents

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Mon, 11/08/2010

"Who are you?" Tracy Mobley asked, he recalled.

"Mom, are you joking with me or what?"

"No," she replied. She was adamant. "Who are you?"

It's a gnawing fear that one fateful day, the memories of aging parents will fade and they won't be able to recognize their own children.

For Austin, it started early, He was 6.

Austin is in an emerging generation of young caretakers of parents who have dementia.

New York Times (November 8, 2010): For Edge on Alzheimer's, Testing Early Treatments

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Mon, 11/08/2010

Much of the research on Alzheimer's next year will be about going back in time, trying to determine when and how the brain begins to deteriorate.

New York Times (October 30, 2010): Money Woes Can Be Early Clue to Alzheimer's

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Sat, 10/30/2010

Renee Packel used to have a typical suburban life. Her husband, Arthur, was a lawyer and also sold insurance. They lived in a town house just outside Philadelphia, and Mrs. Packel took care of their home and family.

One day, it all came crashing down. The homeowners’ association called asking for their fees. To Mrs. Packel’s surprise, her husband had simply stopped paying them. Then she learned he had stopped writing checks to his creditors, too.

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