AAGP eNews
Nov. 4, 2014

Partners In Health names AAGP member Gary Gottlieb Chief Executive Officer
Partners In Health
Partners In Health announced that it will name Dr. Gary Gottlieb as the organization’s next CEO, effective July 1, 2015. Gottlieb, currently the president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, was recruited by Partners In Health to assume the role long held by Ophelia Dahl. Last May, Dahl announced she would step down as executive director but would remain deeply involved in the organization’s work and serve as chair of the board. To read the entire press release, click here. More

Tau, not amyloid-beta, triggers neuronal death process in Alzheimer's
Medical Xpress
New research points to tau, not amyloid-beta plaque, as the seminal event that spurs neuron death in disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. The finding, which dramatically alters the prevailing theory of Alzheimer's development, also explains why some people with plaque build-up in their brains don't have dementia. More

Walnut-enriched diet slows Alzheimer's progression in mice
Medical News Today
The research team, led by Dr. Abha Chauhan of the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities publish their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Chauhan notes that in a previous study, she and her colleagues found that an extract in walnuts may have a protective effect against oxidative stress caused by beta-amyloid protein. More

Dementia breakthrough: Cancer drug that fights Alzheimer's disease
Daily Express
The discovery comes after ­scientists found that the toxic ­protein long thought to trigger dementia is not the real culprit. Instead it is another ­protein entirely that sparks the destruction of vital brain connections. The research paves the way for a treatment using the cancer drug ­nilotinib, which is already taken by patients to tackle a type of leukaemia.More

Study examines impact of music on dementia patients
Detroit Free Press
Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.The study being led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the largest yet on the impact of the Music and Memory program, which is in hundreds of nursing homes across the U.S. and Canada, said program founder Dan Cohen. Similar studies will be conducted in Utah and Ohio.More

Adult asthma linked to higher dementia risk
People with asthma, particularly older ones, face a greater risk of getting dementia, a new study suggests. More research is needed to confirm the findings, the researchers say. The study, led by Yi-Hao Peng, Department of Respiratory Therapy, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan, was published online Sept. 30 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Researchers identified almost 13,000 people with asthma diagnosed between 2001 to 2003. For each person with asthma, they selected four other people with similar characteristics, such as age and gender, for a comparison group of 51,084.More

Study: Brain injuries in older age could boost dementia risk
A mild concussion after age 65 might boost your risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Head injuries seem to pose special hazards for seniors compared to those in upper middle age, the researchers said. "This was surprising and suggests that the older brain may be especially vulnerable to traumatic brain injury, regardless of the traumatic brain injury severity," said study lead author Dr. Raquel Gardner, a clinical research fellow with San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.More

Male sleep difficulties may warn of Alzheimer's
New research suggests men with self-reported sleep disorders may be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men without them. Swedish researchers followed more than 1,000 men, who were initially 50 year old, between the years 1970 and 2010. They found that self-reported sleep disturbances were linked to an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease during the 40-year follow-up period, particularly if they occurred late in life.More

Close link between Down syndrome, Alzheimer's disease unlocked by researchers
Alzheimers News Today
A study entitled "SortingNexin 27 Regulates Aβ Production through Modulatingγ-Secretase Activity" published in the online issue of Cell Reports reveals common molecular mechanisms between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease, with clear implications for the development of therapeutics against neuro-disorder diseases. Down syndrome, or trisomy 21 patients — who carry an extra copy of the 21 chromosome — have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. In fact, nearly 100 percent of DS patients by the age of 40 develop AD-like neuropathology.More