May 262010
 

Readers, Two of the key elements when taking a history from a patient include smoking tobacco and alcohol consumption. Both of these activities have been shown to affect general health. Now, in a recently published study from Barcelona, Spain, it appears that they may be important risk factors in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but in a unique way. Knowledge regarding environmental factors influencing the risk of AD is surprisingly scarce, despite substantial research in this area. […]

May 202010
 

Readers, I wanted to share with you an update on the cost estimates of AD. These are, of course, in addition to the incalculable emotional losses caused by the disease, but are quite astonishing in themselves. The tremendous physical and emotional cost of the disease to Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families has been known for decades. There is also, however, a financial cost of the disease. Finally, in 1998 and again in 2002, reports were […]

May 182010
 

We’ve always known that Alzheimer’s disease is expensive. It costs families precious time with their loved ones. It costs people their lives. But the costs to Medicare and Medicaid are also devastating. This morning, we released Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: A National Imperative. a report that examines how in the absence of disease-modifying treatments, the cumulative costs of care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias from 2010 to 2050 […]

May 102010
 

Readers, Rarely a day goes by when we do not see several news items about the role of neuro-imaging in detecting, treating or monitoring the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Here are a few comments to bear in mind as you consume the daily press. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) yields an image of brain structure and will reveal tumors, strokes and (importantly for Alzheimer’s disease) atrophy (or shrinkage) in particular parts of the brain that can […]

May 052010
 

Based on current evidence, the recent conclusion reached by a National Institute of Health panel of experts, is statistically sound. They concluded that we do not yet have proof that the progression of Alzheimer’s disease pathology can be slowed by actively reducing known risk factors and by adopting certain lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, intellectual stimulation, and physical exercise. This is a case where I think it is worthwhile to translate the panel’s conclusion. […]

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