Dementia in the News

April 26, 2017

Harvard Gazette (April 25, 2017): The Balance in Healthy Aging

The morning light is pouring into the senior living community in Canton, where six residents are performing an exquisite choreography of sweeping, lyrical movements, emulating their Tai chi instructor.

“Wave hands like clouds,” urges Kerry Paulhus, leading them in the classic low-impact and slow-motion exercises of the ancient Chinese martial art. With relaxing music playing in the background, the students shift their weight from one leg to the other, turn their waists, and rotate their arms as if they indeed were clouds.

April 24, 2017

Boston Globe (April 21, 2017): Biotechs Take Lead in a New Push Against Neurological Disorders

Earlier in his career, Paul Bolno worked with neuroscientists at drug giant GlaxoSmithKline PLC. Today, as chief executive of Wave Life Sciences Ltd., he is leading the Cambridge biotech’s effort to advance two experimental drugs that could become the first treatments for the progressive brain disorder Huntington’s disease.

April 18, 2017

Harvard Gazette (April 18, 2017): How Old Can We Get? It Might Be Written in Stem Cells

“If only,” wrote an ancient Japanese poet, “when one heard that Old Age was coming one could bolt the door….”

Science is working on it.

Aging is as much about the physical processes of repair and regeneration — and their slow-motion failure — as it is the passage of time. And scientists studying stem cell and regenerative biology are making progress understanding those processes, developing treatments for the many diseases whose risks increase as we get older, while at times seeming to draw close to a broader anti-aging breakthrough.

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.

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