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Scientists have found a new possible cause for Alzheimer's disease
A clearer understanding of Alzheimer's disease has been one of the the great unmet needs in health care and pharmaceutical research. Billions have been spent developing and testing therapies that have failed. Now, a team led by doctors Matthew Kan and Jennifer Lee at Duke University are questioning a long-held assumption about a cause of the disease, and they released a study in the Journal of Neuroscience that points toward a possible alternative way of thinking about it and treating it. Rather than the result of an immune system activation and overreaction, as current thinking about the causes of the disease suggests, the researchers unexpectedly found it might be the result of immune suppression.
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American Geriatrics Society searching for editor-in-chief
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief for our journal, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Given your engagement in older adult issues and opportunities, we wanted to share information on our search for you to circulate among fellow advocates, researchers, stakeholders, and colleagues who you think may be interested in this type of opportunity. We're looking for a geriatrics leader who is
  • A recognized expert in the U.S. and global geriatrics community. He or she will have a significant record of scholarly achievement, experience as a member of a journal editorial board, and an understanding of the evolving publishing environment.
  • Passionate about the mission of the AGS.
  • A veteran of editorial processes who can deftly navigate relationships between the Society, publishers, peer reviewers, Advisory Board members, communications colleagues, and researchers.
Applications (CV, cover letter, two reference letters) will be accepted through Tues., June 30, and editorial responsibilities will commence sometime in the first half of 2016. A more detailed position description is available here, and a timeline of the search can be found here. Please feel free to share this announcement throughout your professional network (there's even a sample Tweet below, should you find it helpful), and please do circle back if you have any recommendations or suggestions for optimizing engagement in the search process.

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Snoring, apnea linked to earlier memory decline in elderly
Older people who have sleep apnea, which can be marked by heavy snoring, tend to begin experiencing cognitive decline about ten years earlier than those without the disorder, or those who use a breathing machine to treat their apnea, according to a new U.S. study. Among older people who developed mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease, those with untreated obstructed sleep breathing began to experience mental loss at an average age of 77, compared to age 90 for those without breathing problems, the study team found.
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Depression plus diabetes may boost dementia risk
HealthDay via WebMD
Depression and diabetes are each hard on the brain, and having both conditions may significantly raise the risk of dementia, according to new research. "What this argues for is, we need to do a better job of both identifying diabetes and depression and then really treating them once identified," said study researcher Dr. Dimitry Davydow, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
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New clue about what causes Alzheimer's disease
CBS News
New research is shedding light on the possible cause of Alzheimer's disease and the surprising role a person's immune system may play in protecting the brain from dementia. A study in lab mice, conducted by researchers at Duke University, suggests that when Alzheimer's develops, certain immune cells called microglia that normally protect the brain instead start a pattern of activity that dampens the immune system.
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Adam Sandler movie inspires new caregiving method for Alzheimer's patients
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition. "Good morning, merry sunshine, how did you wake so soon?" Irving's daughter, Tamara Rusoff-Hoen, sings in a video playing from a laptop wheeled to her mother's nursing home bedside. As the five-minute video plays, with stories of happy memories and get-togethers, Irving beams a bright smile before repeating the traditional family send-off.
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Can drinking milk prevent Alzheimer's disease?
U.S News & World Report
Drink your milk, and you'll grow up strong. At least that's what your mom always said. But decades later, drinking your milk may help keep your brain young, according to new research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. For the study, researchers from the University of Kansas Medical Center examined the dietary intake of 60 older adults over the course of a week. The team then performed brain scans on the participants to measure the levels of a naturally occurring antioxidant, called glutathione, floating through their noggins. It turned out, the subjects who had reported drinking the most milk had higher levels of glutathione – and possibly a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease.
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Eye test could detect dementia
Daily Mail
Alzheimer's disease could be detected in patients up to 20 years before symptoms appear with a simple eye test, researchers say. Trials by U.S. and Australian researchers have found changes in the eye's retina may mirror changes that occur in the brain with dementia. Retinal specialist at Duke University Medical Centre Eleonora Lad said people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease experienced abnormalities in vision, perception of colour, motion and peripheral vision.
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Eat right, feel right and think right
By Denise A. Valenti
Paying attention to what you eat reaps dividends in maintaining healthy brain function as you age. A study of what foods are beneficial and which ones are to be avoided was recently published in Alzheimer's and Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer's Association. The study looked at three diet strategies: the Mediterranean diet, the DASH diet and the MIND diet. Researchers found that a strict adherence to the first two resulted in a lower rate of cognitive decline associated Alzheimer's disease, while a more moderate compliance to the MIND diet gave similar results.
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