Today's Top Alzheimer's News
May 22, 2014
Reversing Alzheimer's in mice, a new test answers the question Alzheimer's or just old age, and the impact of caregiving on women (read more).
- A May 21, 2014 Drug Discovery and Development article reported that "A molecular compound developed by Saint Louis University scientists restored learning, memory and appropriate behavior in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease." According to the article, "Farr cautioned that the experiment was conducted in a mouse model. Like any drug, before an antisense compound could be tested in human clinical trials, toxicity tests need to be completed."
- A May 21, 2014 RD Mag article reported that "Researchers have developed a new cognitive test that can better determine whether memory impairments are due to very mild Alzheimer’s disease or the normal aging process." According to the article, "Participants were shown a circle divided into three parts, each having a unique design. Similar to the process of name-and-face binding, the hippocampus works to bind these three pieces of the circle together. After the participants studied a circle, they would pick its exact match from a series of 10 circles, presented one at a time.People with very mild Alzheimer’s disease did worse overall on the task than those in the healthy aging group, who, in turn, did worse than a group of young adults. The task also revealed an additional memory impairment unique to those with very mild Alzheimer’s disease, indicating the changes in cognition that result from Alzheimer’s are qualitatively different than healthy aging."
- A May 21, 2014 Investopedia article reported on the impact of caregiving on women. According to the article, "Caregiving takes an emotional toll on everyone in a family. But for adult daughters, who tend to shoulder a disproportionate amount of the burden, the financial costs of caring for an aging parent can be devastating. And they’re likely to grow…The number of adult children providing personal care and/or financial assistance to a parent has tripled over the last 15 years. Currently, a quarter of adult children, mainly Baby Boomers, are caring for an aging parent at a time when they also need to be planning and saving for their own retirement. More telling, more than two-thirds of those caregivers are women."