Between the demands of being a caregiver and all the noise in our media-saturated environment, it can be challenging to keep up with the top current news around dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve done the leg-work for you to help keep you up-to-date on the latest. The following is a roundup of important articles in June we think you should read.
June 2014 marked the first annual Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and brought in some exciting advances in Alzheimer’s research. From requests for increased funding, to a nationwide day dedicated to raising awareness, to new discoveries that could ultimately lead to better treatment options, June was a big month for Alzheimer’s.
June also revealed some challenges and obstacles through a survey that showed severe misunderstandings about the disease and a clinical trial hitting an unforeseen snag.
Senate Subcommittee Allocates Additional $100 Million for Alzheimer’s Research
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) has put aside an additional $100 million for Alzheimer’s research in their proposed funding bill for the 2015 fiscal year. In addition, they have also earmarked an additional $25 million for the National Institute of Mental Health.
Cocoa-extract May Counter Specific Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease
A new study suggests that a cocoa-extract known for its powerful antioxidants can prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. The extract is called Lavado and may be an affordable and accessible way to prevent the disease.
Large Alzheimer’s Study Hits Roadblock
A large, potentially groundbreaking clinical trial known as The Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s (A4) is encountering unforeseen difficulty recruiting volunteers because it would identify healthy people who are at a high risk for developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers are seeking 10,000 volunteers for the 39 month trial.
Snapshots From Around The World on The Longest Day
The Longest Day took place on June 21, 2014 and was a global effort to raise Alzheimer’s awareness. See photos of events from the day and see firsthand how 2,684 participants raised millions of dollars for Alzheimer’s research.
Study: An Intellectual Life Could Protect Against Dementia
A new study from the Mayo Clinic shows that mental stimulation and staying cognitively active can decrease the risk of developing dementia later in life. The study showed that those who had more education received five years of protection from dementia.
Secret Behind Why Alzheimer’s Patients Cannot Make New Memories Discovered
Scientists have discovered a molecule that they believe causes those with Alzheimer’s to stop forming new memories. Researchers are hopeful their findings will lead to new drugs that could treat dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Most People Think Alzheimer’s Is a Normal Part of Aging
A multinational survey done by the Alzheimer’s Association found that 59% of people believe Alzheimer’s is a normal part of aging. This is a common misunderstanding and reveals the importance of raising awareness that can generate a demand for funding and ultimately treat the disease.
Prevent Alzheimer’s by Vaccinating at 40, Scientist Suggests
A vaccine may potentially wipe out the plaques thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease if given early enough. In a recent study injections showed that the vaccine removed the amyloid-beta protein but did not stop cognitive decline.
While there is still a long road ahead before a cure is found, there is no doubt June 2014 brought more awareness to Alzheimer’s through global efforts like The Longest Day and groundbreaking studies. Is there any news we missed that you would like to see featured?