Dementia in the News

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.

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.


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