Dementia in the News

August 16, 2019

The Patriot Ledger (August 13, 2019): MIT, MGH Scientists Report New Insight into Alzheimer’s

Scientists at MIT and MGH have gained new clues into the role of the brain’s blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s disease. Recent research has found that damage from Alzheimer’s allows toxins to enter the brain, further harming neurons.

The results are being used to try and develop new drugs to solidify the blood-brain barrier.

August 15, 2019

INSIGHT (August 15, 2019): IKEA and the Queen of Sweden are Collaborating to Build Homes Designed to Help Those Living with Alzheimer's

IKEA has been exploring new ways to offer more space for lower prices with flatpack housing solutions.

However, the Swedish furniture giant is going one step further and is collaborating with sustainable housing BoKlok and the Queen of Sweden on a project called SilviaBo, according to CNN Business.

August 15, 2019

Harvard SEAS (August 15, 2019): Using Math to Help Treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Other Diseases

Protein aggregation — in which misfolded proteins clump together to form large fibrils — has been implicated in many diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and type II diabetes. While the exact role these fibrils play in diseases isn’t fully understood, many of the current treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s target the aggregation process. However, finding the right treatment protocols for these drugs, which can be toxic in large doses, is challenging. 

August 5, 2019

Washignton Post (August 5, 2019): This Restaurant is Starting a Monthly ‘Dementia Friendly’ Night

David Nisbet’s father died of dementia this summer, and he wanted to do something to honor his dad and also help other families cope with the sadness of watching a loved one’s memory slip away.

Nisbet, 58, who helped care for his father, Dinsmore Nisbet, knew how challenging it can be to take a person with dementia out in public, especially for a meal.

July 30, 2019

KGW8 (July 29, 2019): OHSU Alzheimer’s Researchers Use In-Home Technology to Study Aging Population

An Oregon researcher is shaking up the way we think about clinical studies and long-term research on Alzheimer’s disease. 

Wearable and sensory technology called Life Lab systems are tracking the day-to-day lifestyles of aging adults, which gives researchers better insight into how the way we live affects the way we age.

Director of the Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at OHSU, Dr. Jeffery Kaye, has spent the past 30 years studying and understanding the way we age. Fast forward to 2019 and he is finding a better way to do that research.

July 18, 2019

CBS Philly (July 17, 2019): Working Moms Have Stronger Memory, Less Risk Of Alzheimer’s Than Non-Working Moms, Study Says

There is encouraging news for working moms. While it might be difficult, new research says it can protect memory and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not just for the money, either. Paid employment can have positive, long-term benefits for a woman’s brain.

The new findings come from a federally-funded long-term study of aging people across the United States.

July 17, 2019

Fox10 News (July 16, 2019): 5 Lifestyle Behaviors Found to Lower Risk of Alzheimer's By 60 Percent, New Research Finds

Even if you have a high genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s, new research has found that making healthy lifestyle choices can lower your overall risk for the disease, as well as your risk for other forms of dementia.

Researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that a healthy diet, regular exercise, light to moderate alcohol intake, not smoking and engaging in cognitively stimulating activities reduced the risk of Alzheimer's by 60 percent — when compared to those who only followed one or none of those habits.

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