Dementia in the News

A new shoe outfitted with a GPS chip aims to offer peace of mind to Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.

The embedded GPS tracking system will allow the wearer of the shoe to be located instantly online and for their whereabouts to be monitored in real time.

The shoe may offer hope to the growing number of people with Alzheimer's disease. More than 26 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer's, and the figure is set to exceed 106 million by 2050, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health.

Eating curry containing turmeric once or twice a week could prevent Alzheimer's disease and many researchers are investigating if it can be used as a treatment in those who already have it.

Professor Murali Doraiswamy told delegates at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Annual Meeting in Liverpool that brain plaques dissolved in mice given high doses of curcumin and in younger mice, the spice appeared to prevent them forming in the first place.

Trials are currently under way that could lead to a curry pill, he said.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Pittsburgh have recently published a late-life dementia risk index in the journal Neurology. Their objective was to develop a late-life dementia risk index that can accurately stratify older adults into those with a low, moderate, or high-risk of developing dementia within 6 years, using a sample group of 3,375 participants in the Cardiovascular Health Cognition Study.



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