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Blocking Hormone Improves Alzheimer’s Symptoms; Direct Link Between Brain Inflammation, Neuron Death, & Cognitive Changes in Mice; and more

Check out the latest in aging advances, research, and events from NIA: NIA statement on CMS Medicare coverage policy for approved monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid for the treatment of Alzheimer’s — Read a statement from NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. Blocking hormone improves Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice — An NIA-supported study found that a hormoneContinue reading “Blocking Hormone Improves Alzheimer’s Symptoms; Direct Link Between Brain Inflammation, Neuron Death, & Cognitive Changes in Mice; and more”

Cataract Removal Linked to a Reduction in Dementia Risk

An NIA-supported study found that undergoing cataract removal was associated with a lower risk of developing dementia among older adults. Researchers analyzed data from a subset of participants from the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study. Participants were 65 years or older, dementia-free at the start of the study, and diagnosed with cataracts before theContinue reading “Cataract Removal Linked to a Reduction in Dementia Risk”

Data shows racial disparities in Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis between Black and white research study participants

Black participants in Alzheimer’s disease research studies were 35% less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and related dementias than white participants, despite national statistics that indicate that Black Americans are overall about twice as likely to develop dementias than whites. The analysis of data on study participants from across NIA’s network of Alzheimer’s Disease ResearchContinue reading “Data shows racial disparities in Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis between Black and white research study participants”

Fostering Alzheimer’s Brain Donation Among African Americans

Increasing African-American participation in medical research is challenging for a number of understandable and well-documented reasons. In part, many African Americans may mistrust medical research and the medical establishment based on past abuses, such as the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. However, several NIA-supported Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) researchers, in collaboration with members of their local African-American communities,Continue reading “Fostering Alzheimer’s Brain Donation Among African Americans”

Workshop on Improving Models for Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s disease

Building better models of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease Amanda DiBattista, Program Director, Division of Neuroscience Every moment counts in the pursuit of effective preventions and treatments for age-associated diseases affecting the brain. Capturing the essence of how aging and dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease affect the brain without the need to wait for agingContinue reading “Workshop on Improving Models for Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s disease”

Volunteers needed for studies to advance dementia research

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive health? Learn about new and featured studies below or search for clinical trials and studies near you with the Alzheimers.gov Clinical Trials Finder. New and featured studies Click on the trial name for details and contact information. Behavioral Symptoms MEMORI Corps: Activity-Based Companion Care forContinue reading “Volunteers needed for studies to advance dementia research”

How Biomarkers Help Diagnose Dementia

Biomarkers are measurable indicators of what’s happening in the body. They can help doctors and researchers track healthy processes, diagnose diseases and other health conditions, monitor responses to medication, and identify health risks. When combined with other tests, the following biomarkers can help doctors determine whether a person might have, or be at risk ofContinue reading “How Biomarkers Help Diagnose Dementia”

Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and cognitive health? Learn about new and featured studies below or search for clinical trials and studies near you with the Alzheimers.gov Clinical Trials Finder. New and featured studies Click on the trial name for details and contact information. Biomarkers and Diagnostics Alzheimer’s Disease Proteins in the BrainContinue reading “Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research”

PBS Premieres UW–Madison Alzheimer’s Documentary

University of Wisconsin-Madison , March 2, 2022 We are thrilled to share the news “Determined: Fighting Alzheimer’s” will premiere on the PBS series NOVA Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 8 p.m. CT. Watch a preview now. Filmed over five years, DETERMINED is an independent documentary portraying the stories of three women and their decision to participate in Alzheimer’sContinue reading “PBS Premieres UW–Madison Alzheimer’s Documentary”