Dementia in the News

April 17, 2017

AlzForum (April 14, 2017): Vascular Disease in 50s Begets Dementia in 70s

In one of the largest studies of its type, researchers confirm a link between midlife vascular disease and late-life dementia. As reported in the April 11 Journal of the American Medical Association, 50-year-olds with two or more vascular risk factors were almost three times more likely to have amyloid in the brain in their 70s as were those with no signs of cardiovascular disease in middle age. Researchers said that the study, led by Rebecca Gottesman at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, was impressive for the number of subjects and its prospective design.

April 11, 2017

Harvard Gazette (April 11, 2017): Good Genes are Nice, But Joy is Better

When scientists began tracking the health of 268 Harvard sophomores in 1938 during the Great Depression, they hoped the longitudinal study would reveal clues to leading healthy and happy lives.

They got more than they wanted.

After following the surviving Crimson men for nearly 80 years as part of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the world’s longest studies of adult life, researchers have collected a cornucopia of data on their physical and mental health.

April 4, 2017

Harvard Gazette (April 4, 2017): Plotting the Demise of Alzheimer's

Catch it early.

Those are watchwords in the battle against a host of illnesses, from heart disease to cancer to Type 2 diabetes. Early detection gives physicians a chance to minimize damage, to insert a stent and keep blood flowing to the heart, to remove a tumor before one becomes many, to urge crucial lifestyle changes: lose weight, eat better, exercise.

But can the strategy work for Alzheimer’s disease? Scientists are starting to think it might.

April 4, 2017

Worcester Telegram (April 3, 2017): Alzheimer’s Research Shifts to Prevention, With Diet as Latest ‘Darling’

Of the top causes of death in the United States, only No. 6, Alzheimer’s disease, can’t be prevented, cured or slowed. Unlike killers such as heart disease, cancer and stroke, the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s disease is rising rapidly, up 89 percent since 2000, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops the disease, which now affects more than 5 million Americans.

March 21, 2017

It's Your Health with Lisa Davis interviews Dr. Jonathan Jackson – Instructor in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Jonathan Jackson, instructor in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital interviewed on the Radio show It's Your Health with Lisa Davis to talk about health disparities in regards to Alzheimer's disease and more about the landmark prevention trial for Alzheimer's disease currently enrolling calling The A4 Study.


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