Dementia in the News

AlzForum (June 24, 2016): Online Course Gives Guidance on How to Lower Dementia Risk

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Fri, 06/24/2016

Starting in July, a massive open online course (MOOC) will translate recent population-based findings into practical advice on how individual people might lower their risk of dementia. Called “Preventing Dementia,” the course will summarize factors reported to increase risk, such as hypertension and diabetes, and protective factors such as education and physical activity. The course targets an audience of health professionals, elder care service providers, policy makers, and anyone else interested in brain health.

U.S. News & World Report (June 22, 2016): When an Alzheimer's Patient Wanders

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Wed, 06/22/2016

Walking is one of the best ways for older adults to stay active. But purposeful walking can turn into restless wandering when someone develops dementia. Escaping the watchful eyes of caregivers is dangerous, exposing vulnerable seniors to hazards from street traffic, unfamiliar terrain and opportunistic strangers. Even when family members and caregivers are on constant alert, 24/7 vigilance isn't always possible.

Carefree Dental (March 29, 2016): Dementia and Oral Health: How to Help Sufferers Care for Their Teeth

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Sun, 06/01/2014

We are currently living through the most sophisticated and advanced medical age in existence. Our doctors and scientists have eradicated diseases and developed treatments which allow sick people to live for much longer than was ever thought possible. Yet, there is still much work to be done. Every year, millions of people die from cancer, AIDS, diabetes, coronary disease, and respiratory infection. And millions more are diagnosed with dementia.

Boston Globe (June 16, 2016): Suzanne Corkin, 79; Research Expanded the Understanding of Memory

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Thu, 06/16/2016

Suzanne Corkin and Henry Molaison shared more than just a research relationship, though that collaboration put them in the history books. When experimental surgery left him unable to form long-term memories, he became arguably the world’s most studied brain patient. For the rest of his life, Molaison completely forgot almost everything within a minute. “Studying how Henry forgot gave us a better understanding of how we remember,” wrote Dr.

Alzheimer's Association (June 6, 2016): Alzheimer's Research Funding on Path for Additional $400 Million Increase

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Mon, 06/06/2016

Today, the call for increased Alzheimer's research funding from Alzheimer's Association advocates reached a critical milestone, as the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee announced a proposed $400 million increase for Alzheimer's research at the NIH. This bipartisan effort was led by Alzheimer's champions Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who also oversaw last year's historic funding increase. (May 26, 2016): Could Alzheimer’s Stem from Infections? ‘Provocative’ Harvard Study May Hold Key to Disease

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Thu, 05/26/2016

Could it be that Alzheimer’s disease stems from the toxic remnants of the brain’s attempt to fight off infection?

Provocative new research by a team of investigators at Harvard leads to this startling hypothesis, which could explain the origins of plaque, the mysterious hard little balls that pockmark the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.

Boston Herald (May 22, 2016): Hope vs. Alzheimer's: Researcher, Husband, Part of Pioneering Study

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Sun, 05/22/2016

Dorene Rentz, one of 
the local neuropsychologists behind a pioneering Alzheimer’s study, spends her days searching for 
answers in the mysterious plaques that invade the brains of those suffering from the incurable disease.

And Rentz’s search will take on a new sense of urgency in the coming months, as the study gains a key participant: her husband.

“He sees some of his own forgetfulness, and it’s frustrating for him,” Rentz said of her 70-year-old husband, Ray Berggren. “It happens almost daily.”

Nature Index (May 4, 2016): 170 Years After It Made Medical History, this US Hospital is Still at the Cutting Edge

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Wed, 05/04/2016


National Institutes of Health (May 3, 2016): Seizures Disrupt Memory Network

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Tue, 05/03/2016

Epilepsies are a spectrum of brain disorders in which surges of electrical activity in clusters of brain cells cause seizures. At least 2.3 million adults and nearly 500,000 children in the U.S. live with some form of epilepsy. Partial, or focal, seizures occur in just one part of the brain. In temporal lobe epilepsy, the most common form of the disorder in adults, seizures usually begin in the hippocampus, a brain structure essential for memory. People with this form of epilepsy often experience memory impairments. (April 30, 2016): A ‘Rock Star’ Harvard Professor Just Launched a New App for Alzheimer’s Patients

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Sat, 04/30/2016

Last week, Rudolph Tanzi was laying down keyboard tracks at Johnny Depp’s L.A. music studio for Joe Perry’s soon-to-be-released solo album. This past week, he launched a new app for Alzheimer’s patients.

Tanzi, of course, knows what an important role music plays in the brain - the trained jazz pianist is one of the country’s top Alzheimer’s researchers and a neurology professor at Harvard. About five years ago, while recording music and looking for new ways to bring music therapy to Alzheimer’s patients, he stumbled upon something greater than a catchy tune.

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