Monday, January 23, 2012

About Alzheimer's / Dementia: One Step Forward, One Step Back

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From Esther Heerema, your Guide to Alzheimer's / Dementia
The past couple of weeks in the Alzheimer's world has had its ups and downs. A drug once thought very promising for treatment of Alzheimer's was shown to be ineffective in clinical trials, a discouragement for the scientific community and for all those affected by this disease. On the positive side, the United States launched a draft of the National Plan on Alzheimer's Disease. This is a critical step in the fight against this disease. If you haven't had a chance yet to review and comment on it, I encourage you to take the opportunity to do so; there's more information below.

Potential Alzheimer's Drug Dimebon Fails in Clinical Trials
Dimebon, a drug that has been in phase three of clinical trials for treatment of Alzheimer's disease, has recently been discontinued after studies concluded it was ineffective. Dimebon is a drug that was first used... Read more

US Dept. Health & Human Services Releases National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease
This week, the United States' Department of Health & Human Services released its Draft Framework for the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. This is the nation's first comprehensive plan... Read more

Address Book Becomes Tool for Conversation In Dementia
Today's Dear Abby newspaper column contains a letter from one of her readers that I want to share with you. A woman from Kansas wrote in to Dear Abby to... Read more

Study Shows Cognitive Decline Can Start as Early as Age 45
As people age, they often show a slight decline in the ability to remember or process new information. This is different from the development of dementia and is often referred... Read more


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