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Early Diagnosis and Treatment Improvement Being Explored By Canadian Study


Thursday, October 19, 2017

A recent article published in the Canadian journal of neurosciences outlines the details of a new initiative called The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI). This project, created by neuroscientists in Ontario, was designed to enhance the treatment provided to persons living with neurodegenerative diseases. The initiative puts a focus on increasing the rates of early diagnosis, especially with persons living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Early Diagnosis and Treatment Improvement Being Explored By Canadian Study

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A recent article published in the Canadian journal of neurosciences outlines the details of a new initiative called The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI). This project, created by neuroscientists in Ontario, was designed to enhance the treatment provided to persons living with neurodegenerative diseases. The initiative puts a focus on increasing the rates of early diagnosis, especially with persons living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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2.5 Million Offer from Neil and Susan Manning to Fund Research Project

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A research project, that will track persons living with dementia on Vancouver Island to try to uncover more information about cognitive diseases, has received a $2.5 million donation from an Oak Bay couple. With this gratuitous offer, Neil and Susan Manning have started a five-year Cognitive Health Initiative in order to find answers to the unsolved riddles behind cognitive diseases. This project will be a collaboration by the University of B.C.’s Island Medical Program, Island health, and the University of Victoria. A first time research partnership between these groups.

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Unnoticed Memory Loss Could Predict an Increased Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has discovered a clinical way to detect the development of Alzheimer’s based on the persons own awareness of their memory loss. This new study showed that, while having memory problems is in fact an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, people who did not notice their memory loss had an increased chance to progress to Alzheimer’s disease. The findings were centered on people with anosognosia, not noticing your memory loss, and the percentage in which they began to live with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Rebuttal by Jim Mann

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I recently read an item in your Dementia Weekly News highlighting a Quebec study (the CIUSS de l'Estrie and Universite de Sherbrooke) concerning caregivers' belief that medical assistance in dying should be extended to people with dementia.

My question is where is the voice of people with dementia and why was it ignored?

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Dementia Care Through The Use of Virtual Reality Technology

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Virtual reality technology has started making its way into the world of long-term care solutions in a very big way.  Whether it be to help patients with anxiety to be calmer, provide entertainment, or to educate the health care worker, this VR technology is already finding its place in various hospitals integrating itself into the care system. However, researchers believe that we have only scratched the surface of the implementation of virtual reality in dementia care.

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Decrease in Sense of Smell Seemingly Indicative of Being at a Higher Risk for Dementia

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

According to new research, it is being seen that seniors are more likely to develop dementia, if they fail at a smelling aptitude test. Failure to properly name at least four out of five common odors, peppermint, fish, orange, rose and leather, was shown to have a correlation with rates of dementia development in these individuals. This long-term study, conducted by the University of Chicago, told 2,906 participants between the ages of 57 and 85, to determine and label a variety of everyday smells.

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Study Ranks Cognitive Enhancers for Alzheimer‘s based on Safety and Effectiveness

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Donepezil was discovered to be one of the most effective to help people living with Dementia improve their cognition, in a new study. This study ranked the effectiveness of the drugs as well as their safety as the two main criteria to earn their ranks. Four drugs in total were tested and given to participants to increase their rates of concentration, memory, alertness and moods.

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Toxic Misfolded Proteins: Underlying Drivers of Multiple Neurodegenerative Diseases

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dr. Neil Cashman, Chief Scientific Officer at ProMIS Neurosciences, and a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, presented at the “third annual R&D Technologies Conference: Exploring Cutting-edge Technologies in Pre-clinical Neuroscience Studies” on September 28th. The conference was held in London, UK, and was centered on current market trends, technological advancements, and future challenges in the field of pre-clinical neuroscience research.

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Care Partner’s Agree That Medical Assistance to Dying and Incapacitated Persons Should Be Extended

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The results of the first portion of a study about attitudes toward medical assistance in dying and caregivers in Quebec were finally made public. The information was released as per invitation of Professor Gina Bravo by the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer societies (FQAS). Gina Bravo, a researcher at the research center on aging of the CIUSS de l’Estrie, and part of the department of medicine and life sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke, examined the thoughts of caregivers on the issue of extending medical assistance to the dying and/or incapacitated persons.

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