First-in-Human Clinical Trial to Assess Gene Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease

UC San Diego researchers have launched a first-in-human Phase I clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of a gene therapy to deliver a key protein into the brains of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment, a condition that often precedes full-blown dementia.

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New Report Estimates 10,000 People 65 and Older Living with Dementia in the Nation’s Capital

A report released today estimates that about 10,000 Washington, D.C. residents 65 and older are living with dementia, a general term for a range of memory loss disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra musicians perform virtual concerts for sickest COVID-19 patients at UAB Hospital

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the sickest patients at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital have had their troubles eased, however briefly, thanks to an innovative musical project. Helping those patients recover — and keeping their spirits up amid the isolation the virus requires — is the motivation for the project, an effort between UAB health care staff and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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Forty percent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting 12 risk factors throughout life, experts say

Twenty-eight world-leading dementia experts added three new risk factors in the new report — excessive alcohol intake and head injury in mid-life and air pollution in later life. These are in addition to nine factors previously identified by the commission in 2017.

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Primary Care Physicians on the Front Lines of Diagnosing and Providing Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Half Say Medical Profession Not Prepared to Meet Expected Increase in Demands

– Report provides latest Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality and costs of care data –
– Barring medical breakthroughs, the number of people age 65+ with Alzheimer’s dementia may nearly triple by 2050 –

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Embargoed: Forthcoming Report To Examine Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias in U.S.

The Alzheimer’s Association will issue the 2020 Alzheimer’s Diseases Facts and Figures Report on March 11, 2020. The new report will highlight the latest disease-related statistics for America’s 6th leading cause of death for those 65+, including prevalence, incidence, mortality, costs of care and impact on caregivers both nationally, as well as state by state data, for both 2020 and future projections. This new report will feature findings from a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive survey of primary care physicians (PCPs) and medical school residents which examines the medical profession’s readiness to meet future care needs for the growing number of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Information and report findings are under strict embargo until Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

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