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Alzheimer’s Disease News

These are the latest posts about Alzheimer’s that caught my attention, so I wanted to share them with you.

Researchers propose new milestones to augment National Alzheimer’s Plan – News-Medical.net

http://news.google.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:50:19 GMT

Researchers propose new milestones to augment National Alzheimer’s PlanNews-Medical.netA series of proposals by the workgroup to enlarge and strengthen the Plan are published today in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association …

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I read through this report and although I am glad a National Alzheimer’s Plan has been started, as usual the Government doesn’t do it right. Here is what the Alzheimer’s Association stated:

“In June 2014, the Alzheimer’s Association convened an expert workgroup to evaluate the milestones, determine whether the field is on track to achieve them, recommend changes in the parameters of the milestones, identify unaddressed gaps, and recommend additional milestones to fill these gaps. The workgroup consisted of world-renowned experts in Alzheimer’s research and policy.

One goal of the workgroup was to stimulate thinking about the Plan milestones at the upcoming NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit and thereby enhance the discussion that will occur.

The recommendations in the newly-published article make it clear that, in order to meet the Plan’s 2025 goal, the research effort for Alzheimer’s disease must be enlarged in scale, expanded in scope, and better coordinated. According to the authors, what is needed are:

More clinical trials, testing more drugs – and more non-drug strategies – against more targets, involving more people and more diverse populations, aimed at treating and preventing more types of symptoms.
More basic research to discover and validate additional biomarkers and uncover new therapeutic targets.
And a stronger research system and infrastructure with more data sharing and collaboration, conducted in a more interdisciplinary manner with increased emphasis on research to identify and translate effective treatments to medically accepted and widespread use.

The authors suggest revisions to a majority of the existing Plan milestones, and propose 25 new milestones. Those of greatest urgency and highest potential impact are in drug development, risk reduction, and new conceptual models of Alzheimer’s.”

I would hope the Government reads this…..they need to implement a plan that will work now, next year, 10 years from now and 50 years from now.

 

Early memory lapses may be sign of dementia Sandy’s Story: A devastating … – CNN

http://news.google.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:45:12 GMT

CBS NewsEarly memory lapses may be sign of dementia Sandy’s Story: A devastating …CNNThere is no blood test or definitive way to diagnose Alzheimer’s, at least not when the patient is alive. An autopsy can provide a diagnosis, because the brain of …

I totally agree with this statement. Early diagnosis and aggressive management is essential in fighting this disease and improving quality of life. Providers need to stop dismissing symptoms and start working them up.

“The research suggests that people who feel they are forgetting more things may need to be concerned, even if bigger issues aren’t yet showing up on cognitive tests. Participants who reported memory problems at the beginning of the study were more likely to have dementia down the road than those who did not.”

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Walnuts May Help Prevent Dementia, Alzheimer’s – Christian Broadcasting Network

http://news.google.com Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:04:49 GMT

TheHealthSiteWalnuts May Help Prevent Dementia, Alzheimer’sChristian Broadcasting NetworkEating walnuts could help keep your brain healthy as you get older because they may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. According to the Journal of Alzheimer’ …

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Great news….start eating walnuts!

 

 

£55 dementia bonus for GPs ‘a step too far’ – ITV News

http://news.google.com Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:58:50 GMT

ITV News£55 dementia bonus for GPs ‘a step too far’ITV NewsThe Patients Association has condemned plans to pay GPs a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia as “a step too far”. NHS England confirmed family doctors would receive the cash under a new scheme in …

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I am appalled as a Physician, the fact that a Government has to REWARD Physicians for doing their job is unbelievable. Here is the quote that got me:

“NHS England confirmed family doctors would receive the cash under a new scheme in what is understood to be the first national initiative to reward doctors for diagnosing patients with a condition.”

 

 

 

Many inspiring stories that I love.

How Much Coconut Oil for Alzheimer’s & Dementia?

The dementia-fighting active-ingredients in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT for short). What are the best dietary sources? How much coconut o…

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Inspiring Love Story Involving Alzheimers & Dementia

Heartwarming love story about a couple facing young onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in Calgary. This is a condition that affects thousands in Canada a…

 

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Going Home (A short film on Dementia)

Watch this prize-winning video produced by Vinn Bay and Tee Boon Leng for a video competition as part of the ADI (Alzheimer’s Disease International) conferen…

 

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I Remember Better When I Paint

creative therapies in people with Alzheimer’s disease and how these approaches can … bypass the limitations of dementia disorders such as …

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