Today's Top Alzheimer's News
May 7, 2014
AstraZeneca looking for partners to develop Alzheimer's drug, Vice President Biden calls the brain our next frontier, and how technology can transform mental health and aging (read more).
- A May 7, 2014 Reuters article reported that AstraZeneca "is talking to other companies as it seeks a partnering deal for its experimental Alzheimer's drug." According to the article, "Briggs Morrison, global head of medicines development, said AstraZeneca was talking to companies with more experience of Alzheimer's about a deal to share development of its so-called BACE inhibitor drug, which is set to enter late-stage Phase III development."
- A May 6, 2014 MedScape article reported that Vice President Joe Biden underscored the "desperate" need "for more general, child, and Veterans Affairs (VA) psychiatrists in the United States" during the American Psychiatric Association's (APA's) 2014 Annual Meeting. According to Vice President Biden, "We're on the cusp of astounding possibilities, not just for mental illness but also Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, autism, and more…The brain…this is our frontier. And I believe this is a transformative moment in medicine."
- A May 6, 2014 San Francisco Gate article reported on the potential of technology to improve mental health. According to the article, "Some neuroscientists say video games may also strengthen neural networks, potentially preventing or slowing down the brain deterioration associated with old age or diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's…This week, several hundred video game developers will meet at the Metreon for a conference on "neuro-gaming," which refers to the idea that games can improve neurological health. But neuro-gaming also refers to the concept that brain research - advances in understanding how vision works or how the brain controls movement, for starters - can be used to improve game play."
- A May 6, 2014 The Toronto Star (Canada) article highlighted the use of technology to help adults manage the aging process. According to the article, "Sinha also talks about the need for access to medical personnel and how geography can be a barrier in patients’ ability access to services. That’s why he believes improvements in telemedicine have an important role to play — and there appears to be an appetite for that technology. Recently, a Statistics Canada phone survey polled nearly 1,850 adults 40 and older in Canada’s four western provinces to assess people’s willingness to use technology to help manage their conditions. The survey found that two-thirds of respondents were interested in using video conferencing and email to interact with a medical specialist, although less than one per cent had used these tools for those purposes in the year before the survey was conducted."