Today's Top Alzheimer's News

Research breakthrough from the Salk Institute, updates on sequestration, and the passing of CBS News correspondent Jan Petersen (read more)

Must reads

  • A May 13, 2013 UT San Diego article reported that researchers at the Salk Institute may have discovered a treatment to reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the article, "The drug candidate, called J147, reversed memory loss in Alzheimer’s model mice, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy. The study builds on earlier research finding that the drug preserves brain function when given to Alzheimer’s model mice. That study was published on December 2011 in the journal PLoS One…After six years of preclinical studies, J147 is ready for human clinical trials, said Dave Schubert, head of Salk’s cellular neurobiology laboratory. The compound, derived from the curry spice component curcumin, has low toxicity and actually reverses damage in neurons associated with Alzheimer’s, said Schubert, the study’s senior author. The lead author is Marguerite Prior, a research associate in Schubert’s laboratory."
  • A May 13, 2013 article reported that "Sequestration will force the government to cut $9.3 billion in funding for research and development projects in 2013, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)." 


  • A May 13, 2013 Wall Street Journal article reported on the impact of "brain training" games likeDouble Decisions on improving brain health. According to the article, "A government-funded study published this month found that playing Double Decision can slow and even reverse declines in brain function associated with aging, while playing crossword puzzles cannot. The study builds on an earlier large trial which found that older people who played various cognitive games had better health-related outcomes, driving records and performed better at everyday tasks such as preparing a meal."

Notable deaths

  • A May 13, 2013 CBS News article reported that former CBS news correspondent Jan Petersen died at age 63, after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the article, "Eight years ago she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, a disease which affects approximately 250,000 Americans under the age of 65. The emotional story of how she and her family grappled with the effects of the disease were recounted in Barry Petersen's 2010 book, "Jan's Story," and in a "Sunday Morning" news story about how Alzheimer's changed the course of their nearly three-decade-long marriage."


  • A May 14, 2013 Advocate article reported on Sarah Leavitt's new graphic novel Tangles about losing her mother to Alzheimer’s and the need for Alzheimer's awareness  According to the article, "Still, the more prepared we are, the quicker we can provide our loved ones with the care they need. The more we acknowledge that disability and death await us all in the end, the more we may cherish the (able-bodied) moments we do have."


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