May 16, 2012

Alzheimer's and Dementia News 139

Critics Call Government's Alzheimer's Plan Unrealistic and More

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Critics Call Government's Alzheimer's Plan Unrealistic -- ABC News
"It's great to have the attention drawn to the disease and have a temporary blip in funding," Dr. Samuel Gandy, a professor of Alzheimer's disease research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, told ABC News. "But this is at least an order of magnitude off the figure that is likely to have meaningful impact."
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New Drug Trial Seeks to Stop Alzheimer’s Before It Starts -- the New York Times
In a clinical trial that could lead to treatments that prevent Alzheimer’s, people who are genetically guaranteed to develop the disease — but who do not yet have any symptoms — will for the first time be given a drug intended to stop it, federal officials announced Tuesday.
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What Geneticists Think You Should Know -- the Wall Street Journal
Given the rapid drop in price of whole genome sequencing — a technology that allows doctors to get information on your entire DNA — one day relatively soon you may get a chance to find out about your risks for different diseases.
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Glenn Campbell, out front with Alzheimer's diagnosis and activism --the Washignton Post
Along the way, he’s become an ambassador for the disease: On Tuesday, Campbell turned up at the Rayburn House Office Building for a press conference calling for more government action.
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Study to test antibody crenezumab for preventing Alzheimer's -- USA Today
The government will launch a first-ever collaborative, multimillion-dollar drug trial to try to prevent a form of Alzheimer's disease, officials said during a two-day research summit at the National Institutes of Health here.
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Individuals With Dementia More Likely to Die at Home Than in Nursing Homes -- Indiana University
A new study from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University has found that, at time of death, individuals with dementia are more likely to be living at home than in a nursing home. This contradicts the commonly held view that most individuals with dementia in the United States eventually move to nursing homes and die there.
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