November 28, 2018

Today's Top Alzheimer's News


A November 27, 2018 EurekAlert! release spotlighted the Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders program. The program supports emerging scientists in brain health and dementia through a competitive funding program for early research projects focused on prevention strategies, and improved care and support for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. According to the release, “With strong evidence to guide them, the pilot projects address disparities in access to treatment to improve how care is provided for vulnerable ageing populations.”

A November 21, 2018 CISION PR Newswire release advised consumers to be aware of potential consequences of giving at-home genetic testing kits as holiday gifts. The tests provide information about potential genetic risk for medical conditions. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America suggests considering genetic counseling, and learning the difference between “risk” and “certainty,” especially as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease.


A November 27, 2018 NBC 5 broadcast segment featured the story of Linda Arthur, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Repetition and consistency help her to cope with the disease. She shares her experiences to encourage others to seek emotional support. “It’s like I’m somebody else now. Alzheimer’s is in my body and I don’t want it here… but there’s nothing I can do,” said Arthur.


According to a November 28, 2018 Malay Mail article, there may a link between lung disease and a heightened risk of developing dementia or cognitive impairment later in life. A new study from the University of Minnesota analyzed data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study, which followed middle-aged adults for an average of 23 years. Lung disease may produce low blood oxygen levels, which may lead to inflammation, stress and damage to the brain’s blood vessels. “Preventing dementia is a public health priority, and previous studies have suggested that poor lung health, which is often preventable, may be linked to a greater risk of developing dementia,” said lead study author Dr. Pamela L. Lutsey.


A November 13, 2018 Nature editorial looked at the new push toward patients and caregivers as partners in clinical trials, not only as participants but also in the design phase. According to the piece, “Engagement is also about researchers being willing to incorporate patient feedback. There are plenty of examples of best practice to follow, including lessons from social scientists who have studied community engagement to learn how best to achieve it. Clinical trials depend on the willingness of participants, some of whom are critically ill. They all deserve a thank you. They rightly expect much more.” 


Join the free webinar, "Kevin & Avonte’s Law: New Tool to Combat Wandering In Vulnerable Populations." Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 2:00pm (EST). The law establishes the Missing Americans Alert Program, providing grants for additional training and technologies for first responders that advance the search for the missing. Wandering is a serious issue that families living with dementia face every day.