October 23, 2017
Boston Globe (October 23, 2017): Growing Number of Alzheimer’s Cases Seen as Challenge to Massachusetts
Massachusetts is facing an epidemic of people slipping into the shadows of dementia, and lawmakers want to make sure the state is prepared.
The number of people in Massachusetts who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias will increase by 25 percent in just eight years, rising from 120,000 in 2017 to 150,000 in 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
October 18, 2017
It’s unfortunate, but a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease includes personality changes in the elderly. As the disease deteriorates the brain, the initial behavioral changes in Alzheimer’s disease can provoke a previously calm loved one to have outbursts or cause a shy, withdrawn person to become uninhibited suddenly.
It can be challenging for a family member to manage personality changes in the elderly. It can also be emotionally upsetting for a loved one to witness these changes without knowing how to address them.
Three personality changes in the elderly
October 6, 2017
Los Angeles Times (October 6, 2017): Knowing the Signs of Lewy Body Dementia May Help Speed Diagnosis
Lewy body dementia reached the public eye in 2014 after reports that Robin Williams died with diffuse Lewy body disease.
But, despite the fact that Lewy body dementia is the second most common dementia, it remains frequently unrecognized.
In one study, almost 70 percent of people diagnosed with Lewy body dementia saw three consultants before receiving the diagnosis. For a third of people with the disease, getting the correct diagnosis took more than two years.
September 29, 2017
HHS.gov (September 28, 2017): HHS Secretary Price Announces New Chair & New Members of Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, & Services
Today, HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. announced seven new members to serve on the Advisory...
September 21, 2017
When someone is told that he or she has Alzheimer’s disease, it affects the entire family. Beyond the basic memory decline, there are concerns about maintaining independence, long-term care and holding on to special moments. Here, people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and loved ones who care for them speak about living with the disease.
September 20, 2017
R & D Magazine (September 19, 2017): Partnerships Pave the Road to Effective Alzheimer’s Drug Treatment
Advancements in treatment for heart disease, stroke and cancer can be traced back to the use of imaging technologies that enable doctors and researchers to visualize the impact and progression of these diseases inside the body.
September 12, 2017
Boston Globe (September 11, 2017): A Family with an Astonishing Rate of Alzheimer’s Disease May Harbor a Powerful New Gene
Louise Lowman Lee remembers stories about her great-grandmother being put in a fenced area in the backyard, so she could wander safely. She watched her mother patiently care for her grandmother, who lost her reason, inhibitions, and ability to care for herself. Then Alzheimer’s disease gradually eroded the brain of her devoted mother, too.
But when Lee and two of her sisters brought their mother, Mildred Chastain Lowman, to Emory University in Atlanta in 2006, they weren’t thinking about the family tree. They were just looking for the best possible treatment.
August 18, 2017
When we have a new experience, the memory of that event is stored in a neural circuit that connects several parts of the hippocampus and other brain structures. Each cluster of neurons may store different aspects of the memory, such as the location where the event occurred or the emotions associated with it.
August 17, 2017
The human brain has a region of cells responsible for linking sensory cues to actions and behaviors and cataloging the link as a memory. Cells that form these links have been deemed highly stable and fixed.
Now, the findings of a Harvard Medical School (HMS) study conducted in mice challenge that model, revealing that the neurons responsible for such tasks may be less stable, yet more flexible than previously believed.
August 17, 2017
Japan Times (August 16, 2017): Japanese researchers Tap AI to Parse Regional Dialects, Work Toward Early Dementia Diagnosis
People in Aomori Prefecture, especially in the western Tsugaru area, are known for their strong dialect, often leading outsiders to joke about needing a translator.
But for health care professionals, the issue is no laughing matter. Misunderstanding patients could lead to incorrect medical decisions, and the longer it takes for doctors and nurses unfamiliar with the dialect to deal with patients, the longer the wait will be for others.