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Dementia

National Institute on Aging Report: Promising But Inconclusive Evidence on Interventions to Prevent Cognitive Decline, Dementia

Bethesda, MD, June 23, 2017 — The public is enormously concerned about dementia and cognitive impairment, and a wide range of programs and products, such as diets, exercise regimens, games, and supplements, purport to keep these conditions at bay.

It is difficult for individuals, health care providers and policy makers to ascertain what has been demonstrated to prevent or reduce risk.

To help sort through the data and to understand the quality and weight of current evidence for possible interventions, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), commissioned experts for an extensive scientific review and to provide recommendations for public health messaging and future research priorities. Continue reading

Rutgers Research: New Molecular Discovery May Help Identify Drug Therapies to Treat Dementia

Alzheimer's WordsNew Brunswick, NJ, January 30, 2017 — Robin Lally reports that Rutgers University scientists have discovered a molecular pathway in the brain that may help provide answers to long-term memory problems in the elderly and aid researchers in identifying drug-based therapies to prevent dementia.

“Memory decline brings much suffering to the affected individuals and their families and leads to staggering social and economic costs,” said Gleb Shumyatsky, an associate professor in the Department of Genetics in the School of Arts and Sciences, who co-authored the study with former postdoctoral researcher Shusaku Uchida. Continue reading

New Survey: U.S. Dementia Rates Are Dropping Even as Population Ages

dementia-2New York, NY, November 24, 2016 — Gina Kolata reports in The New York Times that despite fears that dementia rates were going to explode as the population grows older and fatter, and has more diabetes and high blood pressure, a large nationally representative survey has found the reverse.

Dementia is actually on the wane. And when people do get dementia, they get it at older and older ages.

Kolata reports that previous studies found the same trend but involved much smaller and less diverse populations like the mostly white population of Framingham, Mass., and residents of a few areas in England and Wales. Continue reading