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Released: 1-Apr-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Caring for elderly people in the age of COVID-19
Texas State University

When Dr. Christopher Johnson, clinical professor of sociology at Texas State University, is asked about the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, he says: “The biggest threat to older people right now is younger people. Younger people can be carriers (of COVID-19) to older people and those with auto immune diseases.”

Released: 31-Mar-2020 8:15 AM EDT
Discovery of new biomarker in blood could lead to early test for Alzheimer’s disease
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego researchers discovered that high blood levels of RNA produced by the PHGDH gene could serve as a biomarker for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. The work could lead to the development of a blood test to identify individuals who will develop the disease years before they show symptoms.

25-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Better controlled diabetes is associated with preserved cognitive function following stroke
Endocrine Society

Better glucose control can help people with diabetes who have a common type of stroke to preserve their cognitive function, according to a study accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting. The abstract will be published in a special supplemental issue of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

23-Mar-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Study: An Aspirin a Day Does Not Keep Dementia at Bay
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Taking a low-dose aspirin once a day does not reduce the risk of thinking and memory problems caused by mild cognitive impairment or probable Alzheimer’s disease, nor does it slow the rate of cognitive decline, according to a large study published in the March 25, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Newswise: How the historically misunderstood amyloid helps to store memories
11-Mar-2020 6:05 PM EDT
How the historically misunderstood amyloid helps to store memories
Stowers Institute for Medical Research

For the first time, scientists from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and collaborators have described the structure of an endogenously sourced, functioning neuronal amyloid at atomic resolution. The amyloid is composed of self-aggregated Orb2, the fruit fly version of the mRNA-binding cytoplasmic polyadenylation element-binding (CPEB) protein, which has been linked to long-term memory storage. The results of this work, published online March 13, 2020, in Science, have some very interesting implications.

Released: 12-Mar-2020 10:15 AM EDT
Surgery with anesthesia not associated with leading indicator of Alzheimer’s disease, Mayo Clinic study finds
Mayo Clinic

Older adults who have surgery with general anesthesia may experience a modest acceleration of cognitive decline, even years later. But there's no evidence of a link to Alzheimer's disease, according to new research from Mayo Clinic.

9-Mar-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Giving Commonly Used Muscle Relaxant Through Nose Shows Potential to Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Delivering the medication dantrolene through the nose rather than the mouth may help the medication penetrate the brain more effectively, potentially maximizing its therapeutic benefits in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease.

Released: 11-Mar-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Majority of Physician Anesthesiologists Treat Older Adults, But Less than 10% Screen for Frailty or Dementia Pre- or Postoperatively, Survey Finds
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A national, non-scientific survey from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) finds that more than 96% of respondents treated a patient 65 or older in 2018. However, despite guidelines, more than 80% physician anesthesiologists rarely or never perform preoperative screening for cognitive impairment or frailty for older surgical patients.

Released: 11-Mar-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Primary Care Physicians on the Front Lines of Diagnosing and Providing Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Half Say Medical Profession Not Prepared to Meet Expected Increase in Demands
Alzheimer's Association

- Report provides latest Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality and costs of care data - - Barring medical breakthroughs, the number of people age 65+ with Alzheimer’s dementia may nearly triple by 2050 -


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