Dementia in the News

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.

September 25, 2018

NIH News (September 25, 2018): Exercise and New Nerve Cell Growth in Alzheimer’s Disease

Experts estimate that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. This irreversible brain disorder gradually worsens and destroys memory and thinking skills. Current treatments may slow memory loss, but there’s no cure. There is some evidence that exercise can reduce the risk of cognitive decline during aging and decrease the risk of dementia, but studies with people have had mixed results.

September 24, 2018

Washington Post (September 21, 2018): In 1960, About a Half-Million Teens Took a Test. Now It Could Predict the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

In 1960, Joan Levin, 15, took a test that turned out to be the largest survey of American teenagers ever conducted. It took two-and-a-half days to administer and included 440,000 students from 1,353 public, private and parochial high schools across the country - including Parkville Senior High School in Parkville, Md., where she was a student.

“We knew at the time that they were going to follow up for a long time,” Levin said - but she thought that meant about 20 years.


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