April 29, 2016

Today's Top Alzheimer's News


An April 28, 2016 Reuters article reported that a “Acadia drug approval could clear [the] way for Axovant dementia therapy.” According to the article, “Axovant Sciences Ltd's experimental drug for Lewy body dementia - after Alzheimer's, the most common form of progressive dementia - would benefit from the approval of Acadia's drug, Axovant's chief development officer told Reuters. The decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is due by May 1. Analysts expect a positive ruling after the drug won the backing of an independent panel of experts.”

An April 28, 2016 The Hollywood Reporter article reported on the growing controversy over a planned Alzheimer’s comedy starring Will Ferrell. According to the article, “Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan's daughter, criticized Will Ferrell for planning to play her late father in an upcoming comedy that apparently deals with the former president's Alzheimer’s condition. ‘Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous,’ Davis wrote on her books blog in an open letter to the comic actor.” Read Patti Davis’ letter here.

An April 28, 2016 Healio.com article reported that “The NIH has awarded a $3.6 million grant to Luciano D’Adamio, MD, PhD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, to continue his research on how amyloid precursor protein is processed in the brain.”

An April 28, 2016 Al.com article reported that “Genetic researchers at Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology are joining the fight against Alzheimer's disease with a plan to study the genomes of 1,500 patients with the brain disease.”

An April 26, 2016 FierceBiotech article reported that “Scientists from the University of Leicester and the University of Maryland have reversed Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s symptoms by inhibiting an enzyme in fruit fly models, highlighting a new avenue to treat neurodegenerative diseases.”


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