Jul 142010
 

Readers, Below is the first of a series of upcoming blogs reporting the news from ICAD, the International Conference on AD taking place this week in Hawaii. For the first time in 25 years, there is a proposal to change the criteria for Alzheimer’s disease, part of a new movement to diagnose and, eventually, treat the disease earlier. As readers will recall, Alzheimer’s is thought to begin years, perhaps even decades, before symptoms are noticeable. [...]

Jul 142010
 

This week, nearly 4,000 scientists from around the world gathered to report and discuss the latest advances in research on treatments, risk factors, and diagnosis for the health epidemic of the 21st century – Alzheimer’s disease – at the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2010 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (AAICAD 2010) in Honolulu. “With an aging baby boomer generation, the Alzheimer’s disease crisis will continue to touch more lives and create an unsustainable fiscal toll on the [...]

Jul 142010
 

Early detection, diagnosis and care management for people newly diagnosed with cognitive impairment and dementia reduces outpatient costs by almost 30 percent, according to new research reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) in Honolulu. Dementia is loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a common, costly, and often unrecognized problem in older adults. [...]

Jul 142010
 

-New Alzheimer’s Risk Gene May Affect Memory Scores and Brain Atrophy in Middle Age-Clinical Trial of Intranasal Insulin Shows Benefits in Alzheimer’s and MCI-Known Alzheimer’s Risk Gene May Change Shape of Brain Deposits Last minute scientific submissions to the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) in Honolulu, HI, known as “hot topics,” suggest that (1) a newly-discovered risk gene for Alzheimer’s may have early impact on memory skills and brain volume, [...]

Jul 132010
 

Scientists at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) today presented the first draft reports from three workgroups convened by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer’s Association to update the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease for the first time in 25 years. The current criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s were established by a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association (ADRDA) [...]

Jul 132010
 

Global Impact Could Multiply As The Population Continues to Age Having Alzheimer’s disease may increase the risk of getting other potentially disabling health conditions, including seizures and anemia, according to new research presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) in Honolulu, HI. “Alzheimer’s disease is a global health crisis with devastating effects on individuals, families, and national healthcare systems,” said William Thies, PhD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer [...]

Jul 132010
 

Two Target Tau; Two May Reduce Tau Though Their Target Was Amyloid The primary therapeutic target in Alzheimer’s disease has been the beta amyloid peptide, which clusters outside cells in the brain to form sticky clumps known as plaques. Recently, more attention has been given to the tau protein, which aggregates inside the brain cells of people with Alzheimer’s, forming neurofibrillary tangles. Precisely how these proteins interact in causing the disease is unclear. Four new [...]

Jul 132010
 

- Great need for culturally-appropriate Alzheimer care resources & home-based services – Racially and ethnically diverse older adults are one of the fastest growing population segments in the United States and new research presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) in Honolulu reveals that older African-Americans and Latinos with significant cognitive impairment have a lower likelihood of nursing home placement and longer survival than White older adults in [...]

Jul 132010
 

- When Combined with a Known Alzheimer’s Gene, Your Alzheimer’s Risk may be Doubled – A gene known as FTO, which appears to be correlated with obesity in humans, may also increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to new research presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) in Honolulu, HI. And when a person has certain variants of both FTO and a recognized Alzheimer’s risk gene [...]

Jul 122010
 

The Alzheimer’s Association announced today the launch of Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch™, a confidential and free interactive tool that provides comprehensive clinical trial information and an individualized trial matching service for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Internet (www.alz.org/trialmatch) and phone-based (800-272-3900) service debuted during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) in Honolulu, HI. There are as many as 5.3 million Americans living with the Alzheimer’s and every 70 [...]

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