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DementiaToday posts scientific news and professional views on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias from the global research community. We hope to promote better health care through education, provide support to caregivers and loved ones who live with these diseases everyday, and thank the many individuals around the world who are dedicated to neurological research and […]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?

(pbs.org) Alzheimer’s disease strikes at the core of what makes us human: our capacity to think, to love, and to remember. The disease ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide, and it is one of the greatest medical mysteries of our time. Join investigators as they gather clues and attempt to reconstruct the molecular chain of events that ultimately leads to dementia, and follow … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

New Link Found Between Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease

(Diabetologia via ScienceDaily) Drugs used to treat diabetes could also be used to treat Alzheimer's disease, and vice versa, according to new research from the University of Aberdeen. This is also the first study of its kind to show that Alzheimer's disease can lead to diabetes, as opposed to diabetes occurring first as was previously thought. The study reports that Alzheimer's Disease and … [Read More...]

Reversal of Memory Loss from Alzheimer’s Disease in Ten Patients

(Buck Institute for Research on Aging) Small trial from the Buck Institute and UCLA succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders. Results from quantitative MRI and neuropsychological testing show unprecedented improvements in ten patients with early Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or its precursors following treatment with a programmatic and personalized therapy.  Results from an approach dubbed … [Read More...]

New Alzheimer’s Disease Drug May Help People at Risk

(Today.com) Alzheimer's disease affects more than 5 million Americans — and according to the Alzheimer's Association, every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops the disease. Today, there is hope for people with Alzheimer's and those at risk: A new drug aims to stop the disease before symptoms start. Harvard neurologist and Alzheimer's researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, … [Read More...]

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month: Fight On

(Alzheimer's Association) On June 20, the summer solstice, join the fight against Alzheimer's by participating in the Longest Day: Gather a team and stay active from sunrise to sunset as part of the nationwide effort to raise funds and awareness for the cause. Go to act.alz.org to learn more and sign up.   Grab your friends. Do what you love. Honor those facing Alzheimer's. Get … [Read More...]

Undiagnosed Dementia May Be Putting Older Adults’ Safety at Risk

(MedicalNewsToday) Many older Americans may be at increased risk of engaging in potentially unsafe activities due to lack of dementia diagnosis. This is the conclusion of a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. The study found that older adults who had symptoms of dementia but who had not been formally diagnosed were almost twice as … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

“Aging in Place”—Weighing Caregiver Options

(BrightFocus Foundation) Many older adults wish to remain in their home of choice as long as possible. Here are three important elements to consider that can help you successfully "age in place." When it comes to aging in place in one’s own home versus aging elsewhere, such as an assisted living facility, older adults—no matter what their … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s or Depression: Could it be Both?

(Mayo Clinic) Alzheimer's and depression have some similar symptoms. Proper treatment improves quality of life. Early Alzheimer's disease and depression share many symptoms, so it can be difficult even for doctors to distinguish between the two disorders. And many people with Alzheimer's also are depressed. One important difference between … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Disease and Planning for Care

(UCSF Memory and Aging Center) The first step in planning care is getting an accurate diagnosis. Diagnosis Seek out a dementia clinic at a university hospital or ask your doctor to refer you to a neurologist with expertise in dementia and neurodegenerative disease. Educate Yourself Learn what you can about dementia and neurodegenerative … [Read More...]

10 Ways for Caregivers to Nurture Themselves

(AARP.org) En español | When caregivers are on call around the clock, they are often so selfless in their care of a loved one that they neglect to take care of themselves. Did you know caregivers have a higher-than-normal incidence of getting sick? They can become so depleted that they cannot maintain the stamina to continue caring for … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Multi-ingredient Dietary Supplement Abolishes Large-Scale Brain Cell Loss, Improves Sensory Function, and Prevents Neuronal Atrophy in Aging Mice

Environ Mol Mutagen. 2016 Jun;57(5):382-404. doi: 10.1002/em.22019. Epub 2016 May 20. A multi-ingredient dietary supplement abolishes large-scale brain cell loss, improves sensory function, and prevents neuronal atrophy in aging mice. Lemon JA1, Aksenov V2, Samigullina R2, Aksenov S3, Rodgers … [Read More...]

Evidence on Modifiable Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline and Dementia

Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Jun;11(6):718-26. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2015.05.016. Epub 2015 Jun 1. Summary of the evidence on modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia: A population-based perspective. Baumgart M1, Snyder HM2, Carrillo MC3, Fazio S4, Kim H1, Johns H5. Abstract An … [Read More...]

Chocolate Consumption is Associated with a Lower Risk of Cognitive Decline

J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 May 6. [Epub ahead of print] Chocolate Consumption is Associated with a Lower Risk of Cognitive Decline. Moreira A1, Diógenes MJ1, de Mendonça A1,2, Lunet N3,4, Barros H3,4. Abstract Cocoa-related products like chocolate have taken an important place in our food habits … [Read More...]

MIND Diet Associated with Reduced Incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Sep;11(9):1007-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2014.11.009. Epub 2015 Feb 11. MIND diet associated with reduced incidence of Alzheimer's disease. Morris MC1, Tangney CC2, Wang Y3, Sacks FM4, Bennett DA5, Aggarwal NT5. Abstract Introduction In a previous study, higher … [Read More...]