Dementia in the News

June 19, 2017

AlzForum (June 16, 2017): DLB Guidelines Get a Makeover

Dementia with Lewy bodies, a common but obscure disease, was thrust into public consciousness in 2014 with the suicide of the actor Robin Williams. Now recognized as its own disorder, DLB is difficult to diagnose because it has both similarities with, and differences from, its better-known cousins Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Now, new diagnostic and management guidelines aim to help clinicians and specialists detect and treat the disorder.

June 14, 2017

STAT News (June 14, 2017): Minority Communities Will Be Hit Hardest by Soaring Rates of Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s time to stop side-stepping the obvious: In addition to affecting the lives of virtually all Americans in the coming years, Alzheimer’s disease will devastate communities of color. We must act with urgency and coordinated force today to prevent that from happening.

June 12, 2017

Mass General Institute for Brain Health (May 31, 2017): A Home for Brain Care: Institute Empowers People to Take Charge of Brain Health

Elizabeth has a strong family history of Alzheimer Disease going back two generations. As she nears the age her father was when he showed symptoms, she is still healthy but worries about her future. Brandon is a young man whose mother has mental illness, and he’s concerned about feeling slightly depressed. James comes to see his doctor with the results of genetic tests suggesting a heightened risk of stroke, or Parkinson’s disease. Traditionally, neurologists and psychiatrists, who specialize in the brain, only care for patients with disease.

June 1, 2017

Newsweek (June 1, 2017): As Rural America Faces an Onslaught of Alzheimer's Disease, States Look to Radical Ways to Help

June Aman no longer laughs when her husband teases her, which he does fairly often. When she complains about how long it takes Dave to fix something, he says she never told him she was in a hurry. When she says he has no one else to pick on, he responds, “You poor thing.” Sometimes, he speaks about her beauty in the past tense and doesn’t correct it when she needles him about it.

June 1, 2017

Washington Post (June 1, 2017): African Americans are More Likely Than Whites to Develop Alzheimer’s. Why?

Gary Williams thought he had found a glimmer of hope. Six months earlier, his wife, Gwendolyn - 64 and a retired education professor at Bowie State University in Maryland — had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The disease, as Gary would come to describe it, was “a slow-moving train” in their lives.

May 30, 2017

New York Times (May 29, 2017): The Earliest Signs of Brain Damage in Athletes? Listen for Them

Evidence continues to mount that professional athletes in a number of contact sports are suffering brain damage as a result of head impacts. But there is no reliable test to detect the injury, called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, in its earliest stages.

Even if a doctor strongly suspects that an athlete’s confusion or memory loss is related to C.T.E., proof can only be obtained on autopsy.

May 11, 2017

Harvard Gazette (May 11, 2017): Probe of Alzheimer’s Follows Paths of Infection

What if the bad-boy protein of Alzheimer’s disease - amyloid beta - isn’t so bad after all?

Harvard researchers found themselves asking that question several years ago after noticing remarkable similarities between amyloid beta, thought to be a major player in the disease’s progression, and proteins active in the body’s immune system.

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