Archives for June 2016

Pat Summitt Showed Just How Wrong Alzheimer’s Stereotypes Are

(Time) The disease takes many terrible forms. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. —William Ernest Henley, “Invictus” There are great parallels between William Henley’s Victorian poem “Invictus” and consummate coach Pat Summitt, who succumbed to Alzheimer’s after […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 metabolic […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding How Chemical Changes in the Brain Affect Alzheimer’s Disease

(University of Western Ontario) A new study from Western University is helping to explain why the long-term use of common anticholinergic drugs used to treat conditions like allergies and overactive bladder lead to an increased risk of developing dementia later in life. The findings show that long-term suppression of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine – a target for […]

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 […]