October 16, 2018
For the past few decades, researchers have been busy uncovering genetic variants associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) . But there’s still a lot to learn about the many biological mechanisms that underlie this devastating neurological condition that affects as many as 5 million Americans .
October 15, 2018
Some patients refuse to answer. Many doctors don’t ask. Family members worry about offending a suffering loved one. As the number of Americans with dementia rises, health professionals are grappling with when and how to pose the question: “Do you have guns at home?”
October 9, 2018
NPR (October 8, 2018): A Brain Scientist Who Studies Alzheimer's Explains How She Stays Mentally Fit
As a specialist in Alzheimer's prevention, Jessica Langbaum knows that exercising her mental muscles can help keep her brain sharp.
But Langbaum, who holds a doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology, has no formal mental fitness program. She doesn't do crossword puzzles or play computer brain games.
"Just sitting down and doing Sudoku isn't probably going to be the one key thing that's going to prevent you from developing Alzheimer's disease," she says.
October 9, 2018
EurekAlert (October 8, 2018): USC Scientists Create New Map of Brain Region Linked to Alzheimer's Disease
Curing some of the most vexing diseases first requires navigating the world's most complex structure - the human brain. So, USC scientists have created the most detailed atlas yet of the brain's memory bank.
September 26, 2018
Forbes (September 25, 2018): New Research Says Alzheimer's And Other Dementias Will Hit Minorities Hardest In Coming Years
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) will increase some 178% among all Americans aged 65 years and older by 2060, but Hispanic, African American and other racial and ethnic groups will see the fastest growing rates.
September 25, 2018
Experts estimate that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. This irreversible brain disorder gradually worsens and destroys memory and thinking skills. Current treatments may slow memory loss, but there’s no cure. There is some evidence that exercise can reduce the risk of cognitive decline during aging and decrease the risk of dementia, but studies with people have had mixed results.
September 24, 2018
Washington Post (September 21, 2018): In 1960, About a Half-Million Teens Took a Test. Now It Could Predict the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
In 1960, Joan Levin, 15, took a test that turned out to be the largest survey of American teenagers ever conducted. It took two-and-a-half days to administer and included 440,000 students from 1,353 public, private and parochial high schools across the country - including Parkville Senior High School in Parkville, Md., where she was a student.
“We knew at the time that they were going to follow up for a long time,” Levin said - but she thought that meant about 20 years.
September 21, 2018
The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease will nearly triple over the next 40 years, unless something dramatic happens to change trends, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week.
Right now, about 5 million people have Alzheimer’s, the CDC says. That’s about 1.6 percent of the population. But by 2060, that number will hit nearly 14 million, which will then be 3.3 percent of the projected population.
September 11, 2018
Mass General Research Institute Blog (August 28, 2018): Event Highlights Progress on Brain Disease Research
Determined collaboration and groundbreaking technology have led to exciting advances in efforts to solve the challenges of brain diseases, researchers from the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases(MIND) told patients, families and friends recently.
September 6, 2018
A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team finds that neurogenesis — inducing the production of new neurons — in the brain structure in which memories are encoded can improve cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Their investigation shows that cognition can be blocked by the hostile inflammatory environment in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and that physical exercise can “clean up” that environment, allowing new nerve cells to survive and thrive and improving cognition in the Alzheimer’s mice.