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  • 01/21/16

    John Trojanowski, MD, PhD, a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director of the Institute on Aging, was quoted in a story on MedPage Today about new research which showed the first-ever sign of Tau tangles in vervet monkeys.

  • 01/12/16

    Jason Karlawish, MD, professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, co-director of the Penn Memory Center and director of the Penn Healthy Brain Research Center, commented to MedPage Today about clinical advances in Alzheimer's care in 2015.

  • 01/12/16

    Darina Petrovsky, RN, MN, a nurse researching the effect of music on memory-impaired patients at the Penn Memory Center, was interview by the Philadelphia Inquirer on the positive effect music can have for patient's with memory loss.

  • 12/14/15

    Angela Bradbury, MD, assistant professor of Hematology/Oncology, was interviewed by KYW radio about Penn's role in a new study in which our genetic counselors will provide telegenetics support, sharing potential participants' genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease.

  • 01/12/16

    The decor in The Easton Home in Easton, PA, comes straight out of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. The old-fashioned rooms in the dementia wing of the elder-care facility are intended to make residents feel at home, help them retrieve memories and get them talking about their younger selves. "Memory units like this, who have made a special effort to create spaces that kindle pleasant memories, make a lot…

  • 09/21/15

    Penn's 4th annual 5K for the IOA and Memory Mile Walk went off without a hitch yesterday morning. The 5K run takes participants through Penn Park and the Memory Mile walk is a scenic stroll through the Penn campus. NBC-10 covered the event.

  • 09/10/15

    Researchers have found evidence that Alzheimer’s disease may be transmissible via extracts contaminated with amyloid-β. They examined the brains of recently deceased patients who received injections of growth hormone derived from the pituitary glands of cadavers. While none of the patients exhibited signs of dementia before their deaths, most had moderate to severe accumulation of amyloid-β in their…

  • 09/10/15

    Research shows that people with a theoretical high risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD) have significant cognitive deficits, particularly affecting executive function.The findings emerge from an analysis of 225 participants of the Parkinson Associated Risk Syndrome (PARS) study who undertook a battery of cognitive tests. Daniel Weintraub, MD, associate professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, who…

  • 08/28/15

    Getting older affects every part of the body. Along with the visible changes, our brains aren't as sharp or quick to react anymore. Psychologically and socially too, time takes its toll on us. Why does this happen to us? “There's another way to think about aging, and it's based on evolutionary theory,” F. Bradley Johnson, MD, PhD, associate professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine told PhillyVoice.…

  • 09/10/15

    The use of antipsychotic (AP) medication to treat psychosis in Parkinson's disease (PD) increases the risk for all-cause death, and the risk varies with the AP class and the specific drugs within a class, a study shows. "The antipsychotics users had a hazards ratio between 2 and 3 compared with non–antipsychotic users in terms of 6-month mortality, so they were that much more likely to die," Daniel…

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