Dementia in the News

Partners HealthCare today announced its selections for the first annual “Disruptive Dozen,” the 12 emerging technologies with the potential to revolutionize neurological and psychiatric care over the next decade. The “Disruptive Dozen” was developed as a way to highlight the innovations with the greatest potential to impact care in a specific area of medicine. The technologies were featured as part of the World Medical Innovation Forum™, an annual collaborative innovation event held in Boston to examine the state of health care and innovation in a chosen medical discipline.

Air pollution is known to increase the risk for stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders. But now researchers have found it is also linked to premature aging of the brain.

Last year was a notable one for scientific achievements: In 2014, European researchers discovered a fundamental new particle that sheds light on the origins of the universe, and the European Space Agency successfully landed the first spacecraft on a comet. Chinese researchers, meanwhile, developed the world’s fastest supercomputer, and uncovered new ways to meet global food demand.

While attending college in her native Colombia, Yakeel T. Quiroz joined the Grupo de Neurociencias de Antioquia. This dedicated group of Colombian researchers, healthcare workers, and students has worked for many years with a large extended family in the northwestern district of Antioquia that is truly unique. About half of the more than 5,000 family members inherit a gene mutation that predisposes them to what is known locally as “la bobera,” or “the foolishness,” a devastating form of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes joined health ministers, leading scientists, and advocates from around the world March 16-17 in Geneva, Switzerland, to advance dementia research planning on a global scale.

The Sing Dao Daily -- one of the world's widely-read Chinese daily news -- reports on Dr. David Hsu's recent presentation on maintaining good health at the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center!

 

本報記者菊子波士頓報道:年紀漸長後要保持身體健康,方法其實很簡單。麻省總醫院(MGH)老年心理醫師徐志達指出,只要注意睡眠,飲食及運動就行了。

徐志達提醒人的指出,要學會閱讀食品標籤上標注的營養成分,儘量避免反式脂肪,注意百分比,建議人不妨改以Farro取代米飯。

他以西方人愛吃的奶酪通心粉,中國人愛吃的烤鰻魚分別舉例,說明這兩種食品的營養成分標籤。

例如一包奶酪通心粉,約等於三份餐食的份量,其中含有3毫克的反式脂肪,720毫克的鈉。烤鰻魚罐頭,一罐大約有二份餐時的份量,含有0.2毫克的反式脂肪,23%的膽固醇。

徐志達指出,醫學界現在認為反式脂肪對健康有害,大家到超市買食品時,學會閱讀食品營養成分標籤,就可辨別出哪些食品才有益健康。

The radio ad pierced Helene DeCoste’s thoughts as she drove home from an exhausting day in Lexington, clearing out mountains of paperwork in her older sister’s house. Bills and documents had piled up as her sister sank into a fog of dementia.

Boston researchers, the radio ad said, sought volunteers to test an Alzheimer’s drug. DeCoste, who watched her mother die of Alzheimer’s and is witnessing the same decline in her 73-year-old sister, dialed the study number soon after she got home.

 

Scientists in Iceland have produced an unprecedented snapshot of a nation’s genetic makeup, discovering a host of previously unknown gene mutations that may play roles in ailments as diverse as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and gallstones.

Helene DeCoste of Boston is a patient in a ground breaking clinical trial, testing whether a drug called Solanezumab can slow down or even prevent Alzheimer's disease. No drug has even come close before, but researchers have never tested patients quite like Helene in quite this way before.

"She is a perfect patient for this trial," said Dr. Reisa Sperling, a physician at Harvard University and the project director of what's called the A4 Study.

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