Dementia in the News

New York Times (September 26, 2009): When Elder Care Problems Escalate, You Can Hire An Expert

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Sat, 09/26/2009

Caring for an elderly parent is emotionally and mentally draining. There are diagnoses to decipher, housing issues to consider, health aides to vet and a raft of legal documents to complete. It can seem overwhelming, even when families are in complete agreement on how to care for an elderly relative. And often they are not.

New York Times (March 12, 2010): Finding the Right Care for the Elderly

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Fri, 03/12/2010

Two years ago my father, then 83, became very ill. Until then, he had been living alone in a pleasant one-bedroom apartment on the Hudson River, an hour's drive from my home in Brooklyn.

After a couple of months in the hospital, it became clear that my dad, Harvey Alderman, could not return to solo living. He was fragile and forgetful, and there was no way he could keep track of the 14 or so pills he had to take each day.

EurekAlert (March 11, 2010): New Alzheimer's Test Offers Better Opportunities For Early Detection

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Thu, 03/11/2010

Early detection is key to more effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of cognitive impairment, and new research shows that a test developed at the University of Tennessee is more than 95 percent effective in detecting cognitive abnormalities associated with these diseases.

The test, called CST - for computerized self-test - was designed to be both effective and relatively simple for medical professionals to administer and for patients to take.

CNN News (March 9, 2010): 'Drowning in Alzheimer's': Minorities Struggle With Dementia

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Tue, 03/09/2010

Francisca Terrazas could not be left alone.

She burned her foot pouring boiling water over an ant hill in her driveway. She would wander for hours searching for aluminum cans. The effects of Alzheimer's disease had taken hold.

Minorities such as Terrazas are at greater risk for the degenerative disease, according to an Alzheimer's Association report released Tuesday. It found that African-Americans are about two times more likely and Hispanics are about 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

New York Times (March 8, 2010): Infection Defense May Spur Alzheimer's

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Mon, 03/08/2010

For years, a prevailing theory has been that one of the chief villains in Alzheimer's disease has no real function other than as a waste product that the brain never properly disposed of.

The material, a protein called beta amyloid, or A-beta, piles up into tough plaques that destroy signals between nerves. When that happens, people lose their memory, their personality changes and they stop recognizing friends and family.

New York Times (March 8, 2010): A Little Black Box to Jog Failing Memory

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Mon, 03/08/2010

On a cold, wet afternoon not long ago, Aron Reznick sat in the lounge of a home for the elderly here, his silver hair neatly combed, his memory a fog. He could not remember Thanksgiving dinner with his family, though when he was given a hint - "turkey" - it came back to him, vaguely, like a shadow in the moonlight.

US News & World Report (March 2, 2010): A Purposeful Life May Starve Off Alzheimer's

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Tue, 03/02/2010

People who say their lives have a purpose are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or its precursor, mild cognitive impairment, a new study suggests.

As the population ages and dementia becomes a more frequent diagnosis, there's increasing impetus to determine the causes of the disease, associated risk factors and how to prevent it, explained study co-author Dr. Aron S. Buchman, an associate professor in the department of neurological sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Science Daily (February 23, 2010): Damaged Protein Identified as Early Diagnostic Biomarker for Alzheimer's Disease in Healthy Adults

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Tue, 02/23/2010

Researchers at NYU School of Medicine have found that elevated cerebrospinal fluid levels of phosphorylated tau231 (P-tau231), a damaged tau protein found in patients with Alzheimer's disease, may be an early diagnostic biomarker for Alzheimer's disease in healthy adults.

MedPage Today (February 23, 2010): Old-Age Vision Problems Linked to Dementia

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Tue, 02/23/2010

Untreated vision problems in older age are associated with an increased risk of decline in cognitive function and Alzheimer's disease, data from a cohort study showed.

Uncorrected poor vistion was associated with a five- to ten-fold greater risk of Alzheimer's disease and a five-fold greater risk of cognitive decline without dementia, compared wth older people who had very good or excellent vision.

Science Daily (February 17, 2010): Rapid Image Analysis Method Helps Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease

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Wed, 02/17/2010

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a method for analysing MR images (MRI) in just a few minutes when diagnosing Alzheimer's disease. The accuracy of the analysis is comparable to manual measurements made by skilled professionals, which are currently considered the most reliable method for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease. The accurate and rapid analysis method is well suited for clinical use.

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