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Latest Alzheimer’s Research Progress Report Released

2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: A Deeper Understanding2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: A Deeper Understanding, the latest annual Alzheimer’s research report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is now available online. Prepared by the National Institute on Aging, which leads the NIH effort conducting and supporting research on age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, the report highlights important developments and directions in NIH-funded research, including:

  • risk for developing Alzheimer’s
  • genes that play a role in the disease
  • neuroimaging and biomarkers that detect and track the disease
  • research into new treatments
  • lifestyle factors that may worsen or protect against the disease
  • help for caregivers

Special features include animation showing the progression of Alzheimer’s in the brain and video interviews highlighting new insights into the disease.

Read online or download @ http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/2010-alzheimers-disease-progress-report-deeper-understanding.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in General

 

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Skin Cancer Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s in Mice

Skin cancer drug reverses Alzheimer's in miceScientists say they “serendipitously” discovered that a drug used to treat a type of cancer quickly reversed Alzheimer’s disease in mice. “I want to say as loudly and clearly as possible that this was a study in mice, not in humans,” he said. “We’ve fixed Alzheimer’s in mice lots of times, so we need to move forward expeditiously but cautiously.”
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in General

 

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Alzheimer’s Disease “Jumps” Across Brain Cells to Spread

Alzheimer's disease "jumps" across brain cells to spreadAlzheimer’s disease spreads through the brain by jumping from one cell to another, according to a new study.

The study found that tau protein, which indicates the fibrous tangles found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, spreads along the brain’s neurons from one region to the other – resulting in severe dementia. The new clues to the neurodegenerative brain disorder might help scientists find a way to stop the disease from getting worse.

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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in General

 

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Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Via Scoop.itHealthcare Continuing Education
Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
Free resource from the National Institute on Aging

Many older people forget someone’s name or misplace things from time to time. This kind of forgetfulness is normal. But, forgetting how to get home, getting confused in places a person knows well, or asking questions over and over can be signs of a more serious problem. The person may have Alzheimer’s disease, a disease of the brain that begins slowly and gets worse over time.

This colorful, easy-to-read booklet helps readers learn about Alzheimer’s disease:

  • What it is
  • Signs of the disease
  • When it is important to see a doctor
  • Treatment
  • Research studies
  • How to get help caring for a person with the disease

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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in General

 

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Alzheimer’s Continuing Education

Alzheimer's Continuing Education

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Alzheimer’s currently affects one in 10 people over age 65 and nearly half of those individuals over 85. With such an outlook, it’s imperative that healthcare professionals stay current on the research and best practices for treatment and caregiving.

Professional Development Resources offers online continuing education courses to address this growing topic:

Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders (ADRD) – This course provides an in-depth discussion of the management of Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Disorders (ADRD), including disease progression and strategies for care. It considers all aspects of ADRD, including the various stages of the disease, problem behaviors, communication issues, ethical considerations and appropriate activities. In addition, strategies are presented for working with families and caregivers of ADRD patients. 2006 | 47 pages | 27 posttest questions | 3 hours CE

Alzheimer’s Disease: Nutrition Intervention Strategies – Alzheimer’s disease is a disorder of forgetfulness that eventually impacts a person’s ability to participate in activities of daily living. It takes a devastating toll on both patients and those who care for them. Those with Alzheimer’s disease experience immense fear and frustration as they struggle with simple tasks. Family, friends, and caregivers experience pain and stress as they watch Alzheimer’s disease slowly take their loved ones away from them. Many individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are cared for in institutional settings. Nutrition plays an important role in meeting the needs of such persons. This course will familiarize readers with the early warning signs of dementia, discuss the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease, identify pharmacological, environmental, and behavioral interventions used at various stages of the disease, and describe nutrition-related complications and intervention strategies. 2002 | 15 pages | 12 posttest questions | 2 hours CE

Alzheimer’s Disease – Overview – Alzheimer’s disease is an increasing concern for the aging American population. It is important for healthcare providers to have a basic familiarity with the disease, in order to provide adequate diagnosis, treatment, and referrals. This course, based on documents from the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides an overview of the prevalence, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as information about caregiving and caregiver support. As such, this course is relevant to all clinicians who work with elderly individuals, their families, and their caretakers. Course #10-39 | 2010 | 34 pages | 7 posttest questions | 1 hour CE

Alzheimer’s – Unraveling the Mystery – Alzheimer’s dementia is a growing concern among the aging Baby Boomers; yet, modern science points the way to reducing the risks through maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This course is based on a publication from the National Institute on Aging, which describes healthy brain functioning during the aging process and then contrasts it to the processes of Alzheimer’s disease. Full of colorful, detailed diagrams, this educational booklet describes the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, effective steps for prevention, strategies for diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s disease, and the search for new treatments. Strategies for caregivers and reducing caregiver stress are also discussed briefly. Course #30-54 | 2008 | 43 pages | 21 posttest questions | 3 hours CE

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease – This course is based on the public-access publication, Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging. The booklet discusses practical issues concerning caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, including a description of common challenges and coping strategies. Advice is provided regarding keeping the person safe, providing everyday care, adapting activities to suit their needs, and planning ahead for health, legal, and financial issues. Chapters also discuss self-care for caregivers, sources of assistance for caregivers in need, residential options for care, common medical issues, and end-of-life care. This course is relevant to clinicians who work with elderly individuals, their families, and their caretakers. Course #30-59 | 2010 | 146 pages | 22 posttest questions | 3 hours CE

Professional Development Resources is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the following:
AOTA: American Occupational Therapy Association (#3159)
APA: American Psychological Association
ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AAUM)
ASWB: Association of Social Work Boards (#1046)
CDR: Commission on Dietetic Registration (#PR001)
NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors (#5590)
NAADAC: National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (#00279)
California: Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625)
Florida: Boards of SW, MFT & MHC (#BAP346); Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635); Occupational Therapy Practice (#34). PDResources is CE Broker compliant.
Illinois: DPR for Social Work (#159-00531)
Ohio: Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501)
South Carolina: Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193)
Texas: Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678)
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in General

 

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