September 09, 2016

Today's Top Alzheimer's News


Must ListenA September 8, 2016 St. Louis Public Radio radio segment explored what life is like living  with Alzheimer’s and caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s. The segment also features a conversation with Suzanne Schindler, a neurologist with Washington University in St. Louis, “with an optimistic outlook about the future of the disease.”

A September 8, 2016 Huffington Post article by Dr. Pierre Tariot, director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, underscored the importance of Alzheimer’s clinical research and highlighted Banner’s Generational Study. According to Dr. Tariot, “The Generation Study is testing whether either or both of two investigational compounds — an active immunotherapy and an oral medication — compared to placebo might prevent or delay the emergence of Alzheimer’s symptoms in people who are at particularly high risk for developing the disease at older ages because of a relatively uncommon genetic profile they inherited from both parents…If you’d like to learn more about participating in the Generation Study, visit GeneMatch (, a tool that we’re using to recruit potential study participants.”

A September 8, 2016 Washington University of St. Louis article reported that “Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will collaborate with the pharmaceutical companies AbbVie, Biogen, and Eli Lilly & Co. to investigate the buildup and clearance of tau protein in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.”

A September 8, 2016 article highlighted one family’s wedding portrait with a father living with Alzheimer’s. According to the article, “Dressed in wedding gowns and holding bridal bouquets, they kissed him on his cheeks and linked arms. Though twins Becca and Sarah Duncan weren’t actually getting married, they captured the tender father-daughter wedding-day moments with their ailing dad. The Duncan sisters posed for a photo shoot with dad Scott Duncan, who has Alzheimer’s disease, mindful that their dream of having their beloved father give them away and dance at their weddings one day may not come true.”