Today's Top Alzheimer's News

Big promise in Alzheimer's diagnostics, the European Commission responds to Brain Project criticisms, and iPods giving hope to Alzheimer's sufferers (read more). 

Must reads

  • A July 21, 2014 The Guardian article highlighted the progress in Alzheimer's diagnostics despite limited advancement towards a cure. According to the article, "So just as your regular eye test can provide early warning signs of glaucoma, it's possible that in future your optician may be able to refer you for further tests for signs of dementia. And the earlier we can detect dementia, the earlier treatment interventions we can make to plan treatment and to slow the progress of the disease. It may not be the “cure” for dementia, but it may well give us the first step to providing patients with maximum independence and dignity for the longest time."
  • A July 18, 2014 BBC News article reported that the European Commission issued a statement addressing recent criticisms from European researchers about its Brain Project. According to the article, "The European Commission has responded to criticism of its billion-euro Human Brain Project, declaring confidence that objections will be satisfied.The statement also defends the ability of the project to set its own scope, which critics have said is too narrow. But it says new recommendations for management of the HBP and the balance between its core and partner projects (both contentious issues) are expected in September."

The arts 

  • A July 20, 2014 The Daily Beast article by geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas highlighted the documentary Alive Inside and the impact of music on Alzheimer's sufferers. According to Dr. Thomas, "We have learned that music uses a side door into a part of the mind that is relatively undamaged by dementia. Patients can listen to and even perform music in ways that are undiminished, even after they have forgotten the names of loved ones. We process music with almost every part of our brains and music with personal meaning can promote extremely strong responses. Clinical studies demonstrate that it is possible for personalized music to have a greater effect than medication and that it can even trigger long-term memories." 

 

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