Today's Top Alzheimer's News

Award-winning cookbook author Paula Wolfert wants more people to declare their memory loss, the FDA takes action against genetics company 23andMe, and practical home modification tips for dementia caregivers  (read more). 

 

Must read and watch

  • A November 26, 2013 PBS Newshour segment profiled award-winning cookbook author Paula Wolfert and how she's coping with Alzheimer's through cooking. According to the article, Wolfer "can't remember all of the ingredients in her recipes anymore, but she still knows how her dishes should taste. Hoping to delay the effects of Alzheimer's disease, Wolfert copes by continuing to cook. Judy Woodruff reports on why Wolfert wants more people to declare their memory loss."
  • A November 26, 2013 Venture Beat article reported that the FDA issued an enforcement action against 23andMe, a genetics start up backed by the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. According to the article, "In its letter, originally issued on Friday, the FDA explains that the kit falls under the medical device category, as consumers could act on the results as a diagnosis — not just a prediction of risk. Regulators are concerned that a false positive from a 23andMe test could result in unnecessary surgery and that false negatives could lead to patients being less aggressive about screening for various health conditions." "One San Francisco-based neurologist, who asked to remain anonymous, told me that some of her healthiest patients — all 23andMe customers — have begun demanding unnecessary and expensive MRI tests for Alzheimer’s disease. “23andMe’s test is creating chaos with people in their 20s and 30s,” she said. “They generate havoc and walk away.”"

Politics 

  • According to a November 26, 2013 Colorado Springs Business Journal article, Alzheimer's is an issue for U.S. Senate candidate Owen Hill, a Republican hoping to take Sen. Mark Udall’s (D-CO) seat. According to Hill, "I believe that we should hold a national referendum on Obamacare. And, I believe that the right way to lower healthcare costs is to find cures for Alzheimer’s, cancer, and diabetes. My path champions the successful innovators of the future who advance the genuine conservative values of Reagan and Lincoln by helping everyone succeed, especially the poor and oppressed.”

Caregiving 

  • On November 26, 2013, the Family Caregiver Alliance posted an educational video developed through a $25,000 grant from The Pat Summitt Foundation that offers dementia caregivers simple, inexpensive options for making basic home modifications to help address problematic behavior when providing care at home.

 

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