Dementia in the News

AlzForum (September 24, 2015): Atrial Fibrillation in Middle Age Ups Dementia Risk

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Thu, 09/24/2015

Add another notch to the evidence that an unhealthy heart can harm the brain. In the September 21 JAMA Neurology, researchers led by M. Arfan Ikram of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, report that having atrial fibrillation, a common cardiovascular disease in older adults, was associated with an elevated risk of developing dementia over the next 20 years.

New York Times (September 22, 2015): An Aging Population, Without the Doctors to Match

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Tue, 09/22/2015

We talk a lot these days about what constitutes a good way to die. There’s also much discussion about the art of healthy aging.

But largely absent from the conversation are all the people between the two. People who aren’t dying but who grow more frail. People who have significant health concerns. People who suddenly find themselves in need of care.

People who are, by and large, miserable.

U.S. News & World Report (September 18, 2015): An Early Defense Against Alzheimer's Disease

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Fri, 09/18/2015

"Is it Alzheimer's?" That's the common first question whispered by people who see their parents develop confusion, garbled speech and loss of memory. A fair concern, since Alzheimer's is at the root of 60 percent to 80 percent of dementia cases. A frequent second question: "Will I get it, too?"

Time (September 14, 2015): How Vitamin D Affects Alzheimer’s Risk

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Mon, 09/14/2015

Vitamin D is a controversial topic among doctors, mainly because studies about its health effects have been so conflicting. While vitamin D is critical for many body systems, including bones and the brain, recent studies that have tested these assumptions haven’t been reassuring. In March, for example, a large study found that vitamin D supplements did not lower the risk of falls, or their resulting injuries, in the elderly.

WCVB (September 10, 2015): Brain Health Now and for the Long Run

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Thu, 09/10/2015

If you ask people what is it about aging that concerns them most, you’ll likely hear a lot about financial security and heart disease, but increasingly, worries about brain health and cognitive decline are right up there in importance. And it’s not just seniors.

In the Brain Health Research Study published by the AARP in 2014, 41 percent of adults aged 34 to 49 ranked brain health as the most important component in their overall health.

Scientific American (September 9, 2015): Evidence for Person-to-Person Transmission of Alzheimer's Pathology

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Wed, 09/09/2015

Prions are the misshapen proteins that replicate by inducing normal proteins to misfold and aggregate in the brain, leading to rare diseases such as mad cow and kuru. In recent years, scientists have discovered that similar processes of protein misfolding are at work in many neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Now, a study in Nature reveals the first evidence for human-to-human transmission of the misfolded proteins that underlie the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

New York Times (September 2, 2015): Does Exercise Change Your Brain?

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Wed, 09/02/2015

At the age of 93, Olga Kotelko - one of the most successful and acclaimed nonagenarian track-and-field athletes in history - traveled to the University of Illinois to let scientists study her brain.

Ms. Kotelko held a number of world records and had won hundreds of gold medals in masters events. But she was of particular interest to the scientific community because she hadn’t begun serious athletic training until age 77. So scanning her brain could potentially show scientists what late-life exercise might do for brains.

Time (September 1, 2015): Weight at Age 50 Connected to When a Person Gets Alzheimer’s

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Tue, 09/01/2015

Middle-aged Americans have one more reason to keep an eye on the scale as they age: research shows that people who are overweight when they are 50 years old may be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s sooner than those that are a healthy weight.

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health studied midlife obesity’s connection to Alzheimer’s and announced in a study published Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychiatry that they had found a connection between being overweight or obese in middle age and developing Alzheimer’s.

AlzForum (August 26, 2015); How Do You Communicate Alzheimer’s Risk in the Age of Prevention?

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Wed, 08/26/2015

With the growing use of biomarkers, researchers can now identify cognitively normal people who are at elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease. This has enabled secondary prevention studies such as the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease (A4) trial. To participate in this type of study, however, people typically need to learn about their risk factors. It is not feasible to keep participants blinded on this point, as that would necessitate including many more people, ballooning the cost of these already-expensive undertakings, researchers said.

New York Times (August 12, 2015): The Right Dose of Exercise for the Aging Brain

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Wed, 08/12/2015

A small amount of exercise may improve our ability to think as we age, but more may not be better, according to a new study of exercise and cognition.

We all know that working out is good for us. But precisely how much or how little exercise is needed to gain various health benefits, and whether the same dose of exercise that bolsters heart health, for instance, is also ideal for the brain has remained unclear.

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