Category Archives: Dementia

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 Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Fee Schedule Improves Primary Care Reimbursement

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new, final Medicare fee schedule for 2017. The new fees will pay primary care clinicians for work that was previously not compensated or undercompensated – including patients with chronic illnesses and those with … 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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New Practice Guidelines on the Use of Antipsychotics in Dementia

A new guideline from the American Psychiatric Association is designed to improve the care of patients with dementia who are exhibiting agitation or psychosis. More specifically, this guideline focuses on the judicious use of antipsychotic medications when agitation or psychosis … Continue reading

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Antipsychotic Use in Parkinson’s Disease Associated With Mortality Risk

A new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan Medical School, and the Philadelphia and Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers and suggests that antipsychotic drugs may do … 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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New Study of Antipsychotic Use in Dementia

Call for guidelines for the use of antipsychotic drugs by people with dementia in nursing homes. New study suggests regular scrutiny of prescriptions and targeted education for physicians and nurses. [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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Institute of Medicine Report on Cognitive Aging

The Institute of Medicine has recently released a report entitled Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action. This special report addresses “the emerging concept of cognitive aging, the importance of this issue for the nation’s public health, and … Continue reading

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