Dementia in the News

July 27, 2017

Los Angeles Times (July 27, 2017): Is it Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia Form? Why Doctors Need to Distinguish and How They Might Do So

Alzheimer’s disease now affects an estimated 5.5 million Americans, and after decades of feverish work, researchers have so far failed to find a treatment that halts or reverses the inexorable loss of memory, function and thinking ability that characterize this feared illness.

July 25, 2017

Boston Globe (July 25, 2017): ‘It’s impossible to ignore this anymore’: CTE Study Details Devastating Toll on Football Players

Boston researchers who studied the brains of 202 deceased football players have published the most detailed portrait to date of the devastation wrought by a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head.

July 19, 2017

AP News (July 17, 2017): Hearing is Believing: Speech May Be a Clue to Mental Decline

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, a study suggests.

Researchers had people describe a picture they were shown in taped sessions two years apart. Those with early-stage mild cognitive impairment slid much faster on certain verbal skills than those who didn’t develop thinking problems.

July 3, 2017

Forbes (June 21, 2017): One Doctor's Hopeful Plan To Eradicate Alzheimer's

“I hope I’m one thing worth not forgetting. Tell me that you’ll never let me go. When I can’t find the words that I’m trying to speak, when I don’t know the face in the mirror I see, when I feel I’m forgotten and lost in this world, won’t you please remember me?”~”Remember Me,” written by Chris Mann and Dr. Rudolph Tanzi along with Laura Mann, Willy Beaman and Dr. Dora Kovacs.

“I believe there is a significant possibility that we will have a solid plan for eradicating Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.”

June 26, 2017

CBS News (June 20, 2017): These Foods May Help Keep the Brain Young

Blueberries, olive oil, kefir, walnuts, leafy greens, oatmeal, bananas, and algal oil. These are some of the foods that could play a role in helping to keep the brain healthy throughout life, according to scientific experts interviewed by CBS News.

The brain is the "motherboard of reality," said Dr. Joel Salinas, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. "The better we can take care of this organ that is so deeply tied to who we are as a person, to this universe that we exist in, the more fulfilling of a life we'll be able to live."

June 19, 2017

AlzForum (June 16, 2017): DLB Guidelines Get a Makeover

Dementia with Lewy bodies, a common but obscure disease, was thrust into public consciousness in 2014 with the suicide of the actor Robin Williams. Now recognized as its own disorder, DLB is difficult to diagnose because it has both similarities with, and differences from, its better-known cousins Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Now, new diagnostic and management guidelines aim to help clinicians and specialists detect and treat the disorder.

June 14, 2017

STAT News (June 14, 2017): Minority Communities Will Be Hit Hardest by Soaring Rates of Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s time to stop side-stepping the obvious: In addition to affecting the lives of virtually all Americans in the coming years, Alzheimer’s disease will devastate communities of color. We must act with urgency and coordinated force today to prevent that from happening.

June 12, 2017

Mass General Institute for Brain Health (May 31, 2017): A Home for Brain Care: Institute Empowers People to Take Charge of Brain Health

Elizabeth has a strong family history of Alzheimer Disease going back two generations. As she nears the age her father was when he showed symptoms, she is still healthy but worries about her future. Brandon is a young man whose mother has mental illness, and he’s concerned about feeling slightly depressed. James comes to see his doctor with the results of genetic tests suggesting a heightened risk of stroke, or Parkinson’s disease. Traditionally, neurologists and psychiatrists, who specialize in the brain, only care for patients with disease.

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