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“Mutant” Rats May Help Study Alzheimer’s

What a title! I’ve just learned that Professor Claudio Cuello and his collaborators at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) have managed to create rats that can mimic Alzheimer’s disease in humans. They have genetically manipulated these rats so that peptides … Continue reading

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Planning Holidays With Elders With Dementia

When you have a loved one with a type of dementia such as Alzheimer’s in the family, you may be dreading the upcoming holiday season. That feeling is certainly understandable given that these elders often act unpredictably, and unintentionally say … Continue reading

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Dementia Drugs Interacting with Many Common Meds

I recently had an article printed in the Alzheimer’s Reading Room (great source for information at www.alzheimersreadingroom.com) where I discuss how many commonly used medications will interact with and work against the anti-dementia meds in the cholinesterase inhibitor class (Aricept, … Continue reading

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Bilingualism Delays Alzheimer’s Onset

I have seen several research articles lately that discuss new evidence that bilingualism is thought to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. In Medical News Today (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/235998.php) in mid-October, researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto found huge differences in … Continue reading

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Blood Test to Predict Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s always encouraging to me to see news about how the world is progressing in it’s battle against Alzheimer’s and other dementias. I recently read an article in Medical News Today (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232361.php) that discusses how Dr. Robert Nagele, at the … Continue reading

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Coach Summitt’s Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

For some reason, I keep thinking about Coach Pat Summitt and her recent diagnosis of early onset dementia. Last week, I wrote a small blurb about how I feel her courage in pursuing the diagnosis, as well as going public … Continue reading

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Should We Drink More Coffee to Avoid Alzheimer’s?

Wouldn’t it be nice if it was discovered that by drinking 4-5 cups of coffee per day we could reduce our risk for, or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s? The latest news is to keep on drinking your coffee! In … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Drug Combo Gets Nod at International Conference in Paris

I was so happy to see that the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Paris this year presented a symposium which highlighted the increasing evidence of functional and cognitive benefits seen when patients with Alzheimer’s are taking a combination of one … Continue reading

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New Guidelines from American Geriatrics Society for Managing Behvaior Problems in Elders with Dementia

Far too often, those family docs who many elders have been seeing for years just can’t keep up with advances in medicine. This can mean that your parent or spouse does not get a “dementia work-up” when signs and symptoms … Continue reading

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Sundowning in Dementia

We’ve often heard the term “sundowning” used to describe the animated behaviors of some people with dementia, usually at the end of the afternoon and early evening hours. This can involve agitation, restlessness, combativeness, refusals to sit down and eat … Continue reading

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