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2015-2016 | 2011-2014

    July 26, 2016
    Smell Test May Predict Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease
    "Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), New York State Psychiatric Institute, and NewYork-Presbyterian reported that an odor identification test may prove useful in predicting cognitive decline and detecting early-stage Alzheimer’s disease." [read more]   [watch CBS New York video]

    Also covered by NPR: "'The whole idea is to create tests that a general clinician can use in an office setting,' says Dr. William Kreisl, a neurologist at Columbia University."

    And by: CNN, Healio, Medscape, Immortal News, Science Daily, Medical Daily, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Nature World News, MedPage Today, PsychCentral.com, CTV News, and Business Standard.
    By Esther Landhuis
    July 26, 2016
    Could Trashing Junk Proteins Quash Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS and Huntington's?
    "Rather than going after proteins such as amyloid beta for Alzheimer’s or alpha-synuclein for Parkinson’s, one researcher has set on a different approach: 'I settled on the idea that perhaps we should just get rid of as many abnormally folded, nasty-looking proteins as possible,' says Karen Duff, a neuroscientist at Columbia University." [read more]
  • Enhancing Dentate Gyrus Function with Dietary Flavanols Improves Cognition in Older Adults
    Earlier this month, CBS News aired a feature on a joint, ongoing study by the Taub Institute (Drs. Scott Small and Adam Brickman) and the Division of Behavioral Medicine (Drs. Richard Sloan and Paula McKinley) on how dietary cocoa flavanols — naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa —reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults. Previous results from a first study, published in Nature Neuroscience, provided the first direct evidence that one component of age-related memory decline in humans is caused by changes in a specific region of the brain and that this form of memory decline can be improved by a dietary intervention. These investigators are currently recruiting for another, larger study on the effects of cocoa flavanols.
    January 1, 2016
    Building a Better Brain
    "The rule that 'neurons that fire together, wire together' suggests that cognitive training should boost mental prowess. Studies are finding just that, but with a crucial caveat. Training your memory, reasoning or speed of processing improves that skill, found a large government-sponsored study called Active. Unfortunately, there is no transfer: Improving processing speed does not improve memory, and improving memory does not improve reasoning. Similarly, doing crossword puzzles will only improve your ability to do crosswords. 'The research so far suggests that cognitive training benefits only the task used in training and does not generalize to other tasks,' says neuroscientist Yaakov Stern of Columbia University." [read more]
    December 21, 2015
    Improving Brain's Garbage Disposal May Slow Alzheimer's Disease
    "A drug that boosts activity in the brain's "garbage disposal" system can decrease levels of toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders and improve cognition in mice, a new study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) has found…" [read more]
    By Phoebe Magee
    The inspirational, nonprofit Arts & Minds organization, founded by Dr. Jamie Noble, is profiled in an article titled, "Picturing Alzheimer's", in the Winter 2015-2016 edition of Columbia Magazine. [read more]
    Researchers Study Alzheimer's Disease in People with Down Syndrome
    November 24, 2015
    "The risk of Alzheimer's disease–the most common cause of dementia–increases as a person ages. But the risk of Alzheimer's is increased dramatically for adults with Down syndrome." [read more]
    My Mother had Alzheimer's. Will my Fate be the Same?
    By Carol Berkower
    August 17, 2015
    "To understand my mother's disease and my own risk, I felt I needed to know what form of Alzheimer's she had, so I phoned Columbia University's Richard Mayeux. In 1985, Mayeux was the brilliant researcher who would find the cure for Alzheimer's disease if anyone could, according to my father. Mayeux was the reason my father drove my mother from our home in central New Jersey to Manhattan when her short-term memory failure grew so bad that she could no longer carry on a conversation.

    In the late 1980s, Mayeux co-founded what is now Columbia's Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain. Although he has yet to find a cure, Mayeux has discovered a great deal about how Alzheimer's is passed on from one generation to the next." [read more]
  • NPR
    Sharing Art Helps Medical Students Connect With Dementia Patients
    August 05, 2015
    "Hannah Roberts was a first-year-medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians in 2013 when she noticed her classmates were having an especially tough time relating to dementia patients…" [read more]
    Senate Special Committee on Aging: Finding an Alzheimer's Cure
    Dr. Richard Mayeux, chair of the Department of Neurology and co-director of the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center, comments on the recent Senate Special Committee on Aging: Finding an Alzheimer's Cure. [view video]
    Unraveling the Complex Puzzle of Alzheimer's Disease
    February 11, 2015
    "Scott Small, director of Columbia's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the Boris and Rose Katz Professor of Neurology, discusses what is known and what's yet to be discovered, about the disease…" [read more]
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