Today's Top Alzheimer's News

Researchers discover new Alzheimer's protein, AZ Central editorial board highlights Banner Alzheimer's Institute's work, and Alzheimer's cases fall in the developed world but increase in poorer countries (read more). 

Must reads

  • A July 16, 2014 Associated Press (via ABC News) article reported that researchers have identified a new brain protein associated with Alzheimer's disease called TDP-43. According to the article, "The discovery could give a new target for developing drugs and other treatments for Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. It also might help explain why many people have plaques and tangles in their brain yet show no symptoms of the disease. Autopsies on 342 brains revealed that people who had the new protein were 10 times more likely to have been mentally impaired when they died than those without it."
  • A July 16, 2014 NBC News article reported on the importance of caregivers to focus on themselves as part of the care management process. According to the article, "They enrolled 260 family caregivers in a program that included education about dementia, caregiver stress, and where to get emotional support. It provided techniques for managing dementia patients, who can often be combative, as well as for relaxing, banishing unhelpful thoughts, planning for the future, and even having a little fun sometimes.It worked, they told the Alzheimer’s Association International conference in Copenhagen. After a year and a half to two years, the people who took part in the Strategies for Relatives (START) program improved on measurements of depression and anxiety, and costs for care actually went down."
  • A July 15, 2014 AZ Central editorial praised the work of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in the fight against Alzheimer's. According to the editorial, "Alzheimer's dooms its victims and forces loved ones to watch as husbands, wives, mothers and fathers slowly disappear, one memory at a time. There's hope — and a whole lot of science — behind efforts to change that. The Valley's Banner Alzheimer's Institute is at the forefront of those efforts."

International 

  • A July 15, 2014 CBS News article reported that "The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and other wealthy countries -- a bit of good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show.According to the article, "Studies in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and England suggest the number of people diagnosed with dementia has gone down there. However, the opposite is occurring in some poorer countries that have lagged on education and health, such as in sub-Saharan Africa, where dementia seems to be rising."
  • A July 15, 2014 Colombia Reports article reported that "Cases of Alzheimer’s disease are being underestimated in Colombia by 50%, according to a study by ICESI University in Cali, Colombia." According to the article, "With Colombia being one of the fastest aging countries in Latin America, the elderly are developing the early onset symptoms of Alzheimer’s, which are often being overlooked, according to Cartagena’s El Universal newspaper. The paper also reported that mental healthcare is available to less than 1% of the country’s population, limiting diagnosis and treatment. Approximately half of all those suffering from the early onset of the disease have been underestimated and overlooked, according to the ICESI University study published by Bloomberg."

 

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