Dementia in the News

Science Daily (November 23, 2009): Alzheimer's: Destructive Amyloid-Beta Protein May Also Be Essential for Normal Brain Function

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Mon, 11/23/2009

Alzheimer's disease is thought to be caused by the build-up of a brain peptide called amyloid-beta. That's why eliminating the protein has been the focus of almost all drug research pursuing a cure for the devastating neurodegenerative condition.

But that may be counterproductive, says Dr. Inna Slutsky of Tel Aviv University's Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Her recent research demonstrates that amyloid-beta is also necessary to maintain proper brain function.

These findings may shake the foundations of Alzheimer's research.

Science Daily (November 18, 2009): Scientists Find Molecular Trigger That Helps Prevent Aging and Disease

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Wed, 11/18/2009

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine set out to address a question that has been challenging scientists for years:  How do dietary restriction -- and the reverse, overconsumption -- produce protective effects against aging and disease?

The Examiner (November 17, 2009): More Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee: Lowered Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

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Tue, 11/17/2009

Coffee, in excess is traditionally considered to be unhealthy, as it can lead to irritability, dehydration, and a jump in blood pressure. According to a study released in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease however, drinking three to five cups a day has shown to reduce the risk of contracting Alzheimer's disease by as much as 65%.

Boston Globe (November 16, 2009): Doctors Urge a Focus on Geriatrics

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Mon, 11/16/2009

Doctors who specialize in treating the elderly are calling on the nation's medical schools to require all students to demonstrate competence in treating senior citizens, a change in century-old teaching standards.

With the first of the 78 million baby boomers nearing retirement age, the American Geriatrics Society is proposing that elder care be added to the list of six core areas that have long been the focus of medical school training.

Boston Globe (November 16, 2009): The Quest to Stop the Brain Drain

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Mon, 11/16/2009

From the moment he test-drove the brain game, Ed Johnson was riveted.

The word teasers flashing on his computer screen seemed tuned to his personal abilities. And the accompanying voice track prodded or consoled - "it actually congratulates you," he said - based on his answers.

Scientific Frontline (November 15, 2009): Protein Changes in Heart Strengthen Link Between Alzheimer's Disease and Chronic Heart Failure

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Sun, 11/15/2009

A team of US, Canadian and Italian scientists led by researchers at Johns Hopkins report evidence from studies in animals and humans supporting a link between Alzheimer's disease and chronic heart failure, two of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States.

EurekAlert (November 11, 2009): Novel Mouse Gene Reduces Major Pathologies Associated with Alzheimer's Disease

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Wed, 11/11/2009

A new study reveals that a previously undiscovered mouse gene reduces the two major pathological perturbations commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The research, published by Cell Press in the November 12 issue of the journal Neuron, finds that the novel gene interacts with a key cellular enzyme previously-linked with AD pathology, thereby uncovering a new strategy for treating this devastating disorder.

Connecticut Post (November 10, 2009): Youngsters Taking on Alzheimer's

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Tue, 11/10/2009

As cases of Alzheimer's disease continue to soar in the United States, with as many as 16 million Americans expected to be diagnosed by 2015, according to the Alzheimer's Association, more and more youths are faced with the grim reality that one day, grandma or grandpa may forget who they are.
Joe LoGuidice and Bryant Soohoo are all too aware of that possibility -- the Fairfield County teens both have grandparents diagnosed with Alzheimer's, or a related from of dementia.

ABC News (November 9, 2009): More Muscle Power Means Lower Alzheimer's Risk

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Mon, 11/09/2009
Older people with stronger muscles are at reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease compared to their weaker peers, a new study shows.
Dr. Patricia A. Boyle of Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago and her colleagues found that the greater a person's muscle strength, the lower their likelihood of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's over a four-year period.

Science Daily (November 6, 2009): Blood Test Identifies Women At Risk From Alzheimer's

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Fri, 11/06/2009

Middle-aged women with high levels of a specific amino acid in their blood are twice as likely to suffer from Alzheimer's many years later, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. This discovery could lead to a new and simple way of determining who is at risk long before there are any signs of the illness.

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