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

The spouses arriving for the Wednesday afternoon caregivers’ class at the Penn Memory Center in Philadelphia had something on their minds even before Alison Lynn, the social worker leading the session, could start the conversation. A few days before, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor had released a letter announcing that she’d been diagnosed with ...
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The Philadelphia Inquirer (November 19, 2018): When Alzheimer’s is a Guest at the Thanksgiving Table - November 21, 2018

Once again researchers have found evidence of the critical role quality sleep plays on our overall health. And addressing the common causes of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) could have huge implications for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. From sleep apnea which, left untreated, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other ...
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Forbes (October 29, 2018): Mounting Evidence Links Sleep Disturbance To Alzheimer’s Disease - October 30, 2018

For the past few decades, researchers have been busy uncovering genetic variants associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) . As an example, an NIH-funded research team ...
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National Institute of Health (October 16, 2018): A New Piece of the Alzheimer’s Puzzle - October 16, 2018

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 ...
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New York Times (October 9, 2018): Doctors Need to Talk to Families About Guns and Dementia - October 15, 2018

Curing some of the most vexing diseases first requires navigating the world’s most complex structure – the human brain. So, USC scientists have created the most detailed atlas yet of the brain’s memory bank. Cartographers of the cranium, a USC research team has illustrated the internal circuitry of the hippocampus in detail that would make the ...
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NPR (October 8, 2018): A Brain Scientist Who Studies Alzheimer’s Explains How She Stays Mentally Fit - October 9, 2018

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. They say the study of 28 ...
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NBC News (September 21, 2018): Alzheimer’s Cases to Nearly Triple by 2060, CDC Says - September 21, 2018

A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team finds that neurogenesis — inducing the production of new neurons — in the brain structure in which memories are encoded can improve cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Their investigation shows that cognition can be blocked by the hostile inflammatory environment in ...
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Mass General Research Institute Blog (August 28, 2018): Event Highlights Progress on Brain Disease Research - September 11, 2018

A multi-institutional study led by Harvard Medical School investigators based at Massachusetts General Hospital and researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has found how the abnormal form of tau, which accumulates in the neurofibrillary tangles that characterize Alzheimer’s disease, can disrupt the normal function of brain cells. In their report published in the journal ...
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Harvard Medical School (September 5, 2018): Neural Disruption - September 6, 2018

“We’re lost,” said Truus Ooms, 81, to her friend Annie Arendsen, 83, as they rode a city bus together. “As the driver, you should really know where we are,” Ms. Arendsen told Rudi ten Brink, 63, who sat at the wheel of the bus. But she was joking. The three are dementia patients at a care facility in ...
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Science Magazine (August 30, 2018): The Alzheimer’s Gamble: NIH Tries to Turn Billions in New Funding into Treatment for Deadly Brain Disease - August 30, 2018

Rhiana Kohl has faced many sad surprises in the seven years since her husband, Alfredo Bartolozzi, first showed symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. But perhaps the biggest shock was finding out that even health care workers often don’t understand this common illness. During a hospital stay, an X-ray technician didn’t grasp that Bartolozzi couldn’t follow directions. In ...
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