Apr 292010

Readers, A recent paper published in the journal Nature looked at whether six weeks of online brain training would improve the cognitive performance of 11,430 healthy adults. What’s intriguing about this paper, besides the sheer size of the study, is that it was published in such a prestigious journal despite essentially having a null result. To examine the effects of brain training on cognitive functioning, Owen Adrian of the Medical Research Council in the United […]

Apr 192010

Readers, As promised, I want to share some findings presented at the Annual American Academy of Neurology meeting held last week in Toronto, Canada. The is the major meeting for clinical neurologists in this country; it is huge and hectic. And while in recent years there has been a tendency for new data related to Alzheimer’s disease to be presented at conferences devoted entirely to AD (eg, the International Confernece on Alzheimer’s Disease, ICAD), there […]

Apr 162010

Congress is now back at work on Capitol Hill after a few weeks in the district. We’ve heard stories from many advocates who met with their elected officials back home, and we know you are making a difference. We wanted to give you a brief update on where we are with the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA)(S. 3036/H.R. 4689). Thanks to the efforts of Alzheimer’s Association advocates, NAPA continues to gain momentum in Congress. In […]

Apr 062010

Readers, Still in an introductory mode, I would like to point you to some of the most valuable and reliable web sites for information related to Alzheimer’s disease (in addition, of course, to our own: www.adcs.org). First is ADEAR, the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral site managed by the National Institute on Aging, a branch of NIH and our primary source of funds. The ADEAR web address is www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers. ADEAR is an authoritative source of […]

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