Today's Top Alzheimer's News

A new discovery linking a protein to Alzheimer's, Sen. Tammy Baldwin pushes research innovation, and an Alzheimer's epidemic in Utah (read more). 

 

Must reads

  • An August 13, 2013 Stanford.edu post announced that a new Stanford University School of Medicine study has found that "The steady accumulation of a protein in healthy, aging brains may explain seniors’ vulnerability to neurodegenerative disorders." According to the release, "The study, published Aug. 14 in the Journal of Neuroscience, reveals that with advancing age, a protein called C1q, well-known as a key initiator of immune response, increasingly lodges at contact points connecting nerve cells in the brain to one another. Elevated C1q concentrations at these contact points, or synapses, may render them prone to catastrophic destruction by brain-dwelling immune cells, triggered when a catalytic event such as brain injury, systemic infection or a series of small strokes unleashes a second set of substances on the synapses." Also reported on by HealthDay Reporter
  • An August 13, 2013 Associated Press (via the San Francisco Chronicle) article reported that "Senator Tammy Baldwin said Tuesday she plans to sponsor legislation that would strengthen America's commitment to research, science and innovation." According to the article, "The Wisconsin Democrat said she grew concerned after hearing Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, bemoan a decade of funding reductions along with this year's sequestration cuts that slash $1.5 billion from the NIH budget. Continued cuts would disproportionately affect younger researchers, putting an entire generation of new scientists at risk, Baldwin said."

 Regional

  • An August 12, 2013 Salt Lake Tribune article reported that "One in six Utahns who are age 60 and older report worsening memory loss, according to a first-of-its-kind survey that has dementia experts forecasting a boom in Alzheimer’s disease." According to the article, "Seventeen percent of 1,000 elderly Utahns polled by the state Department of Health in 2011 said they had experienced worsening or more frequent bouts of confusion or memory loss in the previous 12 months. The finding, released Monday, is higher than the national rate of 13 percent reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."
  • An August 13, 2013 Houston Business Journal article reported that "Houston-based Huffington Foundation has gifted $5 million to the multi-institution collaboration Neurodegeneration Consortium to advance research and treatments for Alzheimer's and other diseases that affect the brain."

 

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