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New $30M venture philanthropy fund aims at revolutionizing the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Why diag­nos­ing Alzheimer’s today is so difficult—and how we can do bet­ter (Bill Gates):

Alzheimer’s research is a fron­tier where we can dra­mat­i­cal­ly improve human life—both the lives of peo­ple who have the dis­ease and their loved ones. I’m opti­mistic that we can sub­stan­tial­ly alter the course of Alzheimer’s if we make progress in sev­er­al key areas. One of the biggest things we could do right now is devel­op a reli­able, afford­able, and acces­si­ble diag­nos­tic. Read the rest of this entry »

Kirtan Kriya Meditation: A “new” tool to fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Enjoy this slide deck pre­sent­ed by Dr. Dhar­ma Singh Khal­sa Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research & Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF),  at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit.

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What are scal­able best prac­tices to spread smart health?

You can now enjoy the slide deck from this ses­sion, which took place at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19–20th). Read the rest of this entry »

The Future of Preventive Brain Medicine: Breaking Down the Cognition & Alzheimer’s Disease Alphabet Soup

As the pres­i­dent and med­ical direc­tor of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), it’s my job to stay on top of advances in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Recent­ly, a num­ber of arti­cles in the med­ical lit­er­a­ture have caught my atten­tion. They are focused on a par­tic­u­lar ques­tion that con­cerns most Baby Boomers like me: “Is mem­o­ry loss just a nor­mal part of aging?” Read the rest of this entry »

Tracking decline in the brain from the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s

Inter­est­ing arti­cle on The Dana Foun­da­tion web­site on how to mon­i­tor cog­ni­tive decline in the brain in the very ear­ly stages of Alzheimer’s: Func­tion­al MRI May Be Use­ful for Mon­i­tor­ing Cog­ni­tive Decline in the Elder­ly (Dana Foun­da­tion)

Alzheimer’s researchers have long want­ed to find bet­ter ways not only to diag­nose the dis­ease but also to mon­i­tor its pro­gres­sion from the ear­li­est stages.

A new study sug­gests that func­tion­al mag­net­ic res­o­nance imag­ing (fMRI), a tech­nique cur­rent­ly used main­ly for neu­ro­science research or to guide brain surgery, could be use­ful in this clin­i­cal role.

[…] an ele­gant and thought-pro­vok­ing study.

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