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November 25, 2014
David Bennett, MD, and Julie Schneider, MD, of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center have been included in “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014,” a listing compiled by Thompson Reuters, a global media and information company.
April 7, 2014
A new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center reviews research that suggests that the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease among older African Americans may be two to three times greater than in the non-Hispanic white population.
March 5, 2014
(CHICAGO) — A new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center indicates that Alzheimer’s disease may be one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The study, published in the March 5 issue of Neurology, shows that the disease may be an underlying cause of five to six times as many deaths as currently reported. “Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are under-reported on death certificates and medical records,” said study author Bryan D. James, PhD, an epidemiologist with the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center. “Death certificates often list the immediate cause of death, such as pneumonia, rather...
April 18, 2012
(CHICAGO) – Daily physical activity may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, even in people over the age of 80, according to a new study by neurological researchers from Rush University Medical Center that will be published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology on April 18. “The results of our study indicate that all physical activities including exercise as well as other activities such as cooking, washing the dishes, and cleaning are associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Aron S. Buchman, lead author of...
April 14, 2011
Thinning of key cortical areas predicts dementia up to a decade in advance CHICAGO – Subtle differences in brain anatomy among older individuals with normal cognitive skills may be able to predict both the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in the following decade and how quickly symptoms of dementia would develop. In their analysis of magnetic resonance (MR) images from two separate study groups, researchers from Rush University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that, among individuals in whom specific brain structures were thinnest, the risk of developing Alzheimer's was three times greater than in those with above-average...
April 12, 2011
The extent to which we move through our environments as we carry out our daily lives – from home to garden to workplace and beyond – has more significance than we might imagine. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center have discovered that our "life space" is intimately linked with cognitive function. In a study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry , now posted online, researchers found that seniors who had a constricted life space were almost twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as seniors whose life space extended well beyond the home. "Life space may represent a...
April 4, 2011
In the largest study of its kind, researchers from a consortium of 44 universities and research institutions in the United States, including Rush University Medical Center, identified four new genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
November 16, 2010
(CHICAGO) – New results from a study by neuroscientists at Rush University Medical Center suggest that people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease exhibit a specific structural change in the brain that can be visualized by brain imaging. The findings may help identify those who would most benefit from early intervention. The study will be presented at Neuroscience 2010, the annual meeting for the Society of Neuroscience in San Diego, Calif., on Wednesday, November 17. “One of the main challenges in the field of Alzheimer’s disease is identifying individuals at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease so that therapeutic interventions developed...
July 5, 2010
Depression is commonly reported in people with Alzheimer’s disease and its precursor, mild cognitive impairment, with several studies suggesting having a history of major depression may nearly double your risk of developing dementia later in life. However, it has been unclear if depression is a symptom of the disease or a potential cause of the disease. To study the relationship between Alzheimer’s and depression, researchers at Rush University Medical Center tracked symptoms of depression during the transition from no cognitive impairment to dementia and found that depressive symptoms show little change during the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The...
March 19, 2010
No differences in decline among African American and white patients People with Alzheimer’s disease experience a rate of cognitive decline four times greater than those with no dementia according to a new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The results of the study, which is only the second population-based study to quantify the rate of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease, are published in the March 23, 2010 issue of the journal Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Knowledge about the progressive cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease is mainly based on studies of...