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Psycholgy Today (June 20, 2019): Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Brings Benefits - June 20, 2019

Alzheimer’s disease has become a national crisis. The federal government has expanded federal funding to support clinical trials and research into the causes and treatments, as well as the psychosocial impact that the disease can cause to individuals and their families. More than five million people have the disease; it is the 6th leading cause ...
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U.S. News & World Report (June 19, 2019): Homecare for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s or Dementia - June 19, 2019

When Tatiana Lagos’s father stopped driving, she didn’t think much of it at first. “He’d say, ‘Hey, can you pick me up?’ ” Lagos recalled of her father, who was in his early 60s and had recently retired from a career in international law. “And he was leaning heavily on his wife for the smallest things,” ...
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The Hill (June 12, 2019): There is a Huge Disparity in Diagnosing Alzheimer’s in Black Americans - June 13, 2019

Intracellular aggregation of tau into neurofibrillary tangles is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and is known to correlate with synapse loss and neurodegeneration. However, the mechanisms that drive tau aggregation are still unknown. In Neuron, a team co-led by Bradley T. Hyman, MD, PhD, director of the Massachusetts Alzheimer Disease Research Center at Massachusetts General ...
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MGH News (June 7, 2019): Tau Damages Neurons in Alzheimer’s Disease by Disrupting Molecular Transport - June 10, 2019

In the past, using the terms “Alzheimer’s disease” and “dementia” interchangeably was a generally accepted practice. Now there is rising appreciation that a variety of diseases and disease processes contribute to dementia.  This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine the host talks with Dr. Pete Nelson, of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine ...
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West Central Tribune (June 10, 2019): Why It’s Important to Say Something if a Relative Exhibits Signs of Alzheimer’s - June 10, 2019

In 2013, “Deadwood” showrunner David Milch was in New York City, toiling on a TV pilot, when he suddenly couldn’t remember where he parked his car. It wasn’t the first sign of trouble: Words, the “NYPD Blue” co-creator noticed, had been coming to him unusually slowly. Friends and family had noticed a shift in his temper. ...
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New York Post (May 29, 2019): How Alzheimer’s Patients Cope with Emotional Turmoil After Diagnosis - May 30, 2019

Japanese films about dementia are by now many and, given demographic trends here, interest in the subject is both natural and necessary. But as seen in “A Long Goodbye,” Ryota Nakano’s drama about a family dealing with the dementia of its once-proud patriarch, dementia has also become a common device for having extracting audience tears. Not ...
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WUKY (May 29, 2019): When is Alzheimer’s Not Alzheimer’s? Researchers Characterize a Different Form of Dementia - May 29, 2019

It doesn’t take a huge stretch of the mind to understand why caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is challenging — especially when that someone is a loved one. It can be physically taxing work, particularly in later stages of the disease when the person needs more and more help with daily functioning. The disease ...
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Japan Times (May 29, 2019): ‘A Long Goodbye’: Taking a lighter look at Alzheimer’s - May 29, 2019

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 ...
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NBC News (January 17, 2019): How to Care for Yourself When You’re Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease - January 17, 2019

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 ...
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Scientific American (January 8, 2018): Alzheimer’s Attack on the Brain May Vary with Race - January 8, 2019

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 ...
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