Hopeful New Direction for Alzheimers Research, From the February 2013 Harvard Women’s Health Watch

Boston MA (PRWEB) February 04, 2013

None of the current treatments for Alzheimer’s can stop the disease or slow the process that leads to its theft of memory and personality. A new direction in Alzheimers research, highlighted in the February 2013 issue of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, may someday change that.

For the past 20 or even 30 years weve been focused on treating the end stage of Alzheimers, and we must shift our paradigm to start thinking about prevention, says Dr. Reisa Sperling, director of the Center for Alzheimers Research and Treatment at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Womens Hospital.

Dr. Sperling and other researchers are focusing on several approaches for early intervention, before Alzheimer’s affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Three key areas include:


Alzheimer’s Disease (Understanding Disease: Neurology)

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Treatment for early Alzheimer’s disease

Treatment for early Alzheimer’s disease Evidence shows unique dietary approach effective in early Alzheimer’s disease Research shows people with Alzheimer’s have low levels of certain nutrients needed to keep the brain healthy New product for the dietary management of early Alzheimer’s disease A new medical nutrition product for the dietary management of early Alzheimer’s disease will be launched today in the UK after more than ten years of research and clinical trials that show it could have significant benefits for those diagnosed with early-stage disease. Souvenaid (a 125ml once-daily drink) was developed by scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and medical nutrition company Nutricia. It contains a unique combination of nutrients that are naturally present in food, at levels difficult to achieve from diet alone. This includes omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (docosahexaenoic acid, DHA; eicosapentaenoic acid, EPA), uridine (as uridine monophosphate, UMP) and choline, together with phospholipids and B vitamins. Dementia affects over 800000i people in the UK and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form. In an aging population, ministers and experts have acknowledged the need to diagnose people earlier, to help manage the symptoms and plan for the future. The loss of connections in the brain (synapses) is one of the key features of early Alzheimer’s disease, and a combination of nutrients is required in the process of making new connections
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Back to the Future

Throughout history, there have been many examples that prove looking backwards is not such a great idea (just ask Lot’s wife), so I hope it does not bode poorly that I am doing so in my first message of 2013.  Besides, my doctor was adamant I reduce my salt content.

With that said, I could not let another week go by without talking about one of the highlights of 2012 for me.  I am referring to joining the celebrants at the 25th anniversary gala of the Rosalynn Carter Institute on October 25th.  I had just interviewed former First Lady Carter for the cover of the September/October issue Today’s Caregiver magazine and it was a great pleasure to be able to spend time with her at the gala…read more

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I’m a Caregiver, but Feel Like a Nurse!

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But it’s a process she couldn’t have survived, she says, without a support network that included the Alzheimer’sAssocation of Western New York.
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