Dementia in the News

January 8, 2019

Scientific American (January 8, 2018): Alzheimer’s Attack on the Brain May Vary with Race

Research on Alzheimer’s has mainly focused on Caucasians. New findings, however, suggest the disease process that leads to dementia may differ in African–Americans. According to a study published Monday in JAMA Neurology, the brains of African–Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have less buildup of a protein called tau—one of the two hallmark proteins that characterize the disease.

December 10, 2018

Washington Post (December 8, 2018): Many Alzheimer’s Patients Experience ‘Sundowning,’ or Strong Mood Swings Late in the Day

Growing up, Emily German looked up to her mother as a fierce role model who effortlessly juggled family, friends and a successful career.

In the 1980s and ’90s, Linda Larsen German had worked her way up the corporate ladder in Manhattan, helping to grow the Liz Claibornebusiness into a Fortune 500 company before leaving to start her own ventures. She was a natural-born leader with a quick mind.

December 3, 2018

Being Patient (December 3, 2018): For a Family With Near-Certainty of Early Alzheimer’s, the Search for a Cure Begins Within

Dr. Francisco Lopera was a young medical resident in Antioquia, Colombia when he encountered his first familial Alzheimer’s patient in the mid 1980s. The patient, a man from a local village, was only 47 years old. Over the next few years, Lopera would meet more and more patients like him—all middle-aged adults with severe memory problems.

October 22, 2018

National Institute on Aging (October 18, 2018): NIA Releases National Recruitment Strategy to Spur Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Research

Recruitment and retention in clinical studies for Alzheimer’s disease remains one of the biggest hurdles in the path to a cure or prevention for this devastating disease. From strict eligibility requirements and invasive and time-consuming procedures, to the need for study partners for people already with dementia to encouraging people without symptoms to participate, the challenges are substantial.

October 16, 2018

National Institute of Health (October 16, 2018): A New Piece of the Alzheimer’s Puzzl

For the past few decades, researchers have been busy uncovering genetic variants associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) [1]. 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 [2].

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.


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