Category Archives: Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.  Help raise awareness … Continue reading

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New Classification Scheme for Alzheimer’s Biomarkers

The American Academy of Neurology is proposing a new classification scheme to describe Alzheimer’s biomarkers. Biomarkers have become an essential component of Alzheimer disease (AD) research and also in cognitive aging research. A number of current issues suggest that a new … Continue reading

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Framingham Study States That Dementia Rates Are Lower Since The 1970s

The new report from the long-running Framingham Heart Study, shows that dementia rates have decreased by 44 percent since the late 1970s and early 1980s, with nearly all of that drop among high school graduates. [More…]

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Diagnostic Method for Alzheimer’s from Sweden Becomes International Standard

Researchers at Gothenburg University have developed a reference method for standardized measurements that diagnose Alzheimer’s disease decades before symptoms appear. The method has now formally been classified as the international reference method, which means that it will be used as … Continue reading

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Preventive Neuroradiology in Brain Aging and Cognitive Decline

A new review published online in American Journal of Neuroradiology highlights the concept that cognitive decline can be identified early and prevented by applying quantitative brain imaging techniques. [More]

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Less Than Half Of Alzheimer’s Patients/Caregivers Told Diagnosis

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report found that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor. In contrast, more than 90 percent of people … Continue reading

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New Study Cites Tau As The Driver In Alzheimer’s Disease

A study by the Mayo Clinic of over 3,600 postmortem brains showed that progression of dysfunctional tau protein drives the cognitive decline and memory loss seen in Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid  builds up as dementia progresses, but is not the primary … Continue reading

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Sense of Smell May Predict Risk for Cognitive Decline

Two studies presented at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AICC) in Copenhagen this month demonstrated that a decrease in the ability to identify odors was significantly associated with loss of brain cell function and progression to Alzheimer’s disease. There is growing evidence … Continue reading

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Artistic Talent Remains Intact Despite Vascular Dementia

According to a study by physicians at St. Michael’s Hospital in Canada, artistic skills may be well preserved in the brains of artists even after many years battling the deleterious effects of vascular dementia. A paper published in the Canadian … Continue reading

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Deep Brain Stimulation for Alzheimer’s Disease

Investigators from Brown University and two Rhode Island hospitals are participating a clinical trial investigating the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. DBS is currently FDA approved to treat Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s … Continue reading

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