Dementia in the News

May 10, 2020

New York Times (May 9, 2020): Losing My Mom to Alzheimer’s, Then Finding Her Again

I lost my mother at about this time last year, after her 10-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease.  During this past year, kind friends have checked in at holidays and birthdays, understandably assuming these first landmark occasions without my mom would be difficult. The truth is something that I was at first ashamed to admit, let alone articulate:  Grieving her nonw, when the loss is complete, feels nothing like I had expected. It feels easy.

April 8, 2020

New York Times (March 20, 2020): When Dementia Meets the Coronovirus

As the cornovirus advances, it is taking a particularly harsh toll on the many who are caring for for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. According to a report by the Alzheimer's Association, more than 16 million Americans are providing unpaid care for those with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia. For them, the virus is "really a double whammy," said Lynn Feinberg, a senior strategic policy AARP Public Policy Institute. "You're worrying about your own health and that of your family member".

March 9, 2020

MGH News (January 17, 2020): White Matter Is Altered in Functional Neurological Disorder

Functional neurological disorder (FND), also known as conversion disorder, is receiving renewed attention now that certain physical signs have been validated as being specific for the diagnosis. The improved diagnostic specificity has encouraged clinician-scientists to study the neurobiology of FND with the hope of developing better treatments.

February 10, 2020

MGH News (February 4, 2020): The Innate Immune Protection Hypothesis of Alzheimer's Disease

The beta-amyloid hypothesis has dominated Alzheimer's disease research for nearly 35 years. It proposes that plaques, comprised of the protein beta-amyloid, destroy synapses and stimulate the development of neurofibrillary tangles of the tau protein, which kills neurons in patients with the disease. Resultantly, neuroinflammation is triggered, which destroys more neurons and ultimately leads to dementia.

November 12, 2019

New York Times (November 4, 2019): Why Didn’t She Get Alzheimer’s? The Answer Could Hold a Key to Fighting the Disease

The woman’s genetic profile showed she would develop Alzheimer’s by the time she turned 50.

She, like thousands of her relatives, going back generations, was born with a gene mutation that causes people to begin having memory and thinking problems in their 40s and deteriorate rapidly toward death around age 60.

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