Friday, December 8, 2017

Simple Music Listening Device Design for Persons Living With Dementia

On Wednesday, December 6th a music device designed specifically for persons living with dementia was examined by CBC News. University of Guelph’s computer science student, Frazer Seymour, developed The Adaptable Music Interface (AMI). AMI is a device that makes playing songs, skipping songs, and adjusting music on a tablet easier. The prototype uses multiple adjustable buttons that change in size and colour to make controlling music straightforward and easier for persons living with dementia and other neurological conditions.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Identification of Dementia with Easy to Use Tool

The development of a new tool to be used by doctors has Canadian researchers estimating that the easy identification of adults who are likely to develop dementia will be soon common practice. Named QuoCo, (abbreviated from Cognitive Quotient) this tool will give doctors the ability to check memory and cognitive performance of persons believed to be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and plot their progression. This is done to see if the individuals tested are seeing changes comparable to the healthy changes experienced by the brain.

Friday, December 8, 2017

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Involving Oxygen Therapy

A study that was recently published in the Journal Neurobiology of Aging showed the results of a series of oxygen therapy tests conducted on genetically engineered mice. The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Tel Aviv, and revealed that the mice, which were genetically altered to develop features of Alzheimer’s disease, expressed substantial reductions in their symptoms after receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) daily for 2 weeks.

Friday, December 1, 2017

AGE-WELL Catalyst Award Received by Dr. Janet McElhaney

Dr. Janet McElhaney, vice president of research and scientific director at the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario, known for her work investigating Indigenous families and dementia, has been awarded award from the AGE-WELL network. AGE-WELL is Canada's Technology and Aging Network, and their goal is to create real-world solutions that will have a significant impact on Canadian seniors and care partners.  The project that garnered this recognition was about appropriately supporting indigenous families with dementia by the way of digital story telling.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Expansion of Ontario’s Proven Dementia Program

On November 28th, it was announced by Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, representing Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care at the Alzheimer Society in Toronto, that Ontario will be providing new patient navigators to assist every person that has been diagnosed with dementia. To achieve this, it is planned that there will be an expansion of the First Link Program to cover communities province-wide. This will make access to care, regardless of residency, more reliable and consistent for families living with dementia.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Financial Support Initiative from Pharmaceutical Company for Alzheimer’s Disease

It was announced this past Monday that KalGene Pharmaceuticals Inc. has finished the securement of finances intended to support the development of its Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Program. Lumira Capital garnered this investment with the help of Anges Québec, Anges Québec Capital, Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator and many of the Canadian family offices. With the closing of this financial series, Kalgene Pharmaceutical has seen additional financial support from other foundations leading the research industry in neurodegenerative diseases.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

$4 Million Awarded to Study Healthy Diets Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

It was announced last Monday that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would be investing $4 million into research surrounding dietary effects on Alzheimer’s disease. This money has been awarded as a five-year grant to researchers that will use the funding to explore the benefits of a healthy and anti-inflammatory diet. Specifically studying older residents of a multicultural New York neighbourhood, they will look into the potential this diet will have in lowering the risk of cognitive decline.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Exploring the Effects of Sex and Gender in Neurodegenerative Conditions

A recent study published in the Alzheimer’s and dementia section of the Translation Research and Clinical Interventions journal, explores the relation sex, and gender has on the effects of neurodegeneration. The study was devised by the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) to provide a platform to include sex and gender in the discussion on Alzheimer’s disease. It has been shown that there are great differences depending on the persons living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia’s sex.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

McMaster University Study Shows That Memory Can Be Boosted Through Exercise

Scientists at McMaster University have recently discovered that high-intensity exercise, in addition to the known health advantages, has actually been seen to improve memory as well. These findings were the result of a research study that was recently published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. The study looked at 95 young adults and had them to perform 20 minutes of interval training, high-intensity bouts of strenuous physical activity.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Brigham and Women's Hospital Examining Degenerative Patterns in Alzheimer’s disease

A recent paper, from researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, investigated why some brain regions degenerate with the development of Alzheimer’s disease, while other regions seem to be protected from the condition’s effects. The paper that will be published in Stem Cell Reports, has discovered that certain patterns of degeneration, and the areas that are vulnerable to it, can be linked to specific encoding factors found in the DNA of the different brain regions.

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