June 10, 2013

Today's Top Alzheimer's News

Sequestration harms Alzheimer's research and Alzheimer's protiein breakthrough (read more)
  • A June 9, 2013 Bloomberg.com opinion piece by Albert Hunt highlighted the negative impact of the sequester on Alzheimer's research. According to Hunt, "Because the cuts only affect the margins of a wide array of defense and domestic discretionary programs, there mostly hasn’t been an immediate pinch; the public backlash has been minimal. The long-term consequences, in more than a few cases, are ominous. There’s no better case study than Alzheimer’s disease. With the sequestration-enforced cuts at the National Institutes of Health, research to find a cure or better treatment is slowing."Also published by the Bangor Daily and The New York Times.
Research and science 
  • A June 9, 2013 BBC News article reported that "Scientists have discovered more about the role of an important brain protein which is instrumental in translating learning into long-term memories." According to the article, "Writing in Nature Neuroscience, they said further research into the Arc protein's role could help in finding new ways to fight neurological diseases...The Californian research team said they hoped further research into the Arc protein's role in human health and disease would provide even deeper insights into these disorders and lay the groundwork for new therapeutic strategies to fight them."
  • A June 7, 2013 NewScientist.com article reported on China's growing Alzheimer's and dementia problem. According to the article, "Cases of all kinds of age-related dementia in the country rose from 3.7 million in 1990 to 9.2 million in 2010. This is the finding of the first comprehensive analysis of Chinese epidemiological research, made possible by the recent digitisation of Chinese-language research papers. Previous estimates, based on English-language papers, seem to have under-reported the number of cases by half."