Today's Top Alzheimer's News

Author Shar McBee advocates for increased government support for Alzheimer's research, Georgia Alzheimer's sufferers abused by care facility workers, and space imaging technology being used for Alzheimer's research (must read).  

Must reads

  • A July 2, 2013 Huffington Post opinion piece by author Shar McBee advocated for increased government funding of Alzheimer's research. According to McBee, "Alzheimer's is an epidemic. Leaving the solution up to nonprofit fundraising is not enough. Government needs to fund more research for Alzheimer's before it is too late."
  • A July 2, 2013 USA Today article reported that "More than 20 former employees of a Georgia center for people with Alzheimer's disease face dozens of criminal charges after state investigators uncovered allegations of cruel treatment of patients." According to the article, "The charges stem from a three-month investigation of Alzheimer's Care of Commerce, a facility about 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a written statement…GBI officials say the investigation uncovered accounts of physical abuse, such as staff members striking patients and throwing water on them."

 Research and science 

  • A July 2, 2013 Space.com article reported that researchers are utilizing tools designed to analyze image data to identify signs of Alzheimer's in the brain. According to the article, "ESA officials say computer scientists at Elecnor Deimos adapted Envisat's tools to help create a new program called AlzTools 3D Slicer for analyzing brain scans of people who may have Alzheimer's disease… AlzTools is now being used by medical researchers at the University of Castilla La Mancha in Albacete in Spain, according to ESA officials. Instead of interpreting topographic details, the program scrutinizes brain regions like the hippocampus, where atrophy is associated with Alzheimer's."

 Caregiving 

  • A July 2, 2013 Forbes article reported on the increased role of male caregivers. According to the article, "Men bring some advantages to the role. For example, they appear to cope with the stress inherent in caregiving more successfully than women, according to a 2012 study by researchers at Bowling Green State University. “We found that men seem better at dealing with caregiver stress because they take a ‘block and tackle’ approach to tasks,” says the study’s lead author, associate professor I-Fen Lin."

 

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