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We can’t drug our way out of despair over Alzheimer’s | Opinion
08/06/21 - For over a century, people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers have been caught in a vortex of uneven, frustrating progress.
What to Do About Aducanumab? Academic Memory Programs Brace for the Tough Questions
08/05/21 - Just a few weeks after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval on June 7 of the Biogen drug aducanumab (Aduhelm) for Alzheimer's disease (AD) under its accelerated approval pathway, memory disorders programs at academic medical centers across the country have begun to grapple with how to prescribe the controversial therapy.
The harrowing new reality for Alzheimer’s patients
07/19/21 - Alzheimer’s patients and families live in a cloud of uncertainty. It’s about to get worse.
Neurology Training Steps Up to Focus on Racism and Social Injustice
06/03/21 - Residency programs from across the country are introducing both formal and informal curricula to train doctors to be more inclusive, culturally and racially humble and competent, and less prone to relying on implicit biases in treatment decision-making.
Ahead of a divisive election, this Penn doctor is working to ensure people with dementia can vote
10/08/20 - In collaboration with the ABA Commission on Aging, Jason Karlawish, MD, co-director of the Penn Memory Center and a professor of Geriatrics, has created a new guide, explaining how caregivers can help voters with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment.
Americans worry about Alzheimer's disease, survey finds, but most don't know the early signs and symptoms
09/24/20 - A nationwide study reveals that although many Americans say they want to reduce their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, they’re largely misinformed when it comes to risk factors beyond genetics and age.
Diagnoses of early-onset dementia are growing, insurer reports
02/27/20 - Diagnosis rates of early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease tripled between 2013 and 2017, with Pennsylvania and New Jersey among the states most affected, according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
'Better business model' needed for dementia care, Senate committee hears
11/21/19 - A “better business model for the diagnosis and care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease” needs to be created, Jason Karlawish, M.D., said Wednesday at a Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health hearing.
Signs of Dementia: 8 Tips for Talking to Your Older Parent
11/08/19 - When a parent begins to exhibit early signs of dementia or Alzeimer's, it's difficult for families to address it. These tips will make the process easier.
Alzheimer's pioneer Virginia Lee wins $3 million Breakthrough Prize for work at Pennh
09/05/19 - On Thursday, Dr. Lee was announced as the winner of a $3 million Breakthrough Prize — one of seven such awards to be given to scientists at a Nov. 3 ceremony.
Alzheimer’s Association awards $790K in grants to University of Pennsylvania researchers
06/14/19 - The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter this week announced nearly $790,000 in grant awards to Philadelphia scientists.
Filmmakers Document Alzheimer’s in Cities Across U.S.
06/12/19 - Documentary filmmakers Zach Jordan and Peter Schankowitz embarked on a cross-country road trip earlier this month to document the stories of Alzheimer’s patients, their families and caregivers.
WHO Dementia Guidelines Reveal 6 Healthy Habits to Boost Brain Health
05/16/19 - Dementia is a terrifying disease that affects 50 million people worldwide. And unfortunately, there is no cure for it, which is why prevention is so crucial.
Weakness for scams in elderly may be warning sign of Alzheimer's
04/16/19 - Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers? Or get excited about a “You’ve won a prize” voicemail? New research suggests seniors who aren’t on guard against scams also might be at risk for eventually developing Alzheimer’s disease.
A Study Found That Men's Brains Are Older Than Women's. Should You Be Worried?
02/06/19 - This week, a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences uncovered a disturbing fact about our brains: At every age, female brains appear an average of a few years younger than their same-age male counterparts.
- Using Spinal Taps to Reveal Alzheimer’s Disease Earlier
12/21/18 - Methods to diagnose Alzheimer's disease earlier and more accurately keep emerging. One such test involves patients undergoing a spinal tap to provide a sample of cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF - the fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord - for analysis.