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USF Health News » USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute offers Amyvid brain imaging

Amyvid is the first and only FDA-approved diagnostic PET tracer for imaging beta amyloid plaques in the living brain


Tampa, FL – (Sept. 5, 2012) The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute’s Eric Pfeiffer Imaging Center is one of only a limited number of PET imaging sites in Florida to offer Amyvid brain imaging. Amyvid is a diagnostic PET (positron emission tomography) tracer to detect the presence or absence in the brain of significant amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, while patients are still alive. The radiotracer allows physicians to see evidence of amyloid plaques in patients with cognitive impairment when providing clinical evaluation for Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of cognitive decline.

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The Many Faces of Dementia: Memory loss versus Alzheimer’s | TheUnion.com

As America’s population ages, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia are becoming increasingly prevalent and troublesome problems.
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Alzheimer's may have a genetic component: scientists

Alzheimer's may have a genetic component: scientists | Memory Loss | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) projects the number of people with dementia will rise from 35.6 million in 2010 to 65.7 million by 2030 and 115.4 million by 2050.
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Brooke Shields' mom and manager, Teri, dead at 79 of dementia-related illness

Brooke Shields' mom and manager, Teri, dead at 79 of dementia-related illness | Memory Loss | Scoop.it
Teri Shields raised eyebrows when she allowed her 11-year-old daughter, Brooke, to be cast as a prostitute in 1978's Pretty Baby.
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As a caregiver, how do you bounce back from a bad day?

As a caregiver, how do you bounce back from a bad day? | Memory Loss | Scoop.it

Get tips from people who know what you're going through, and leave your own.


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Dopamine Modulates Episodic Memory Persistence in Old Age

Activation of the hippocampus is required to encode memories for new events (or episodes). Observations from animal studies suggest that, for these memories to persist beyond 4–6 h, a release of dopamine generated by strong hippocampal activation is needed. This predicts that dopaminergic enhancement should improve human episodic memory persistence also for events encoded with weak hippocampal activation.

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Journal of Alzheimer's Disease - Special issue on Biomarkers for AD

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease - Special issue on Biomarkers for AD | Memory Loss | Scoop.it

Abstract: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in elderly people in western countries. However important goals are unmet in the issue of early diagnosis and the development of new drugs for treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and volumetry of the medial temporal lobe structures are useful tools for diagnosis. Positron emission tomography is one of the most sensitive tests for making an early diagnosis of AD but the cost and limited availability are important caveats for its utilization. The importance of magnetic resonance techniques has increased gradually to the extent that most clinical works based on AD use these techniques as the main aid to diagnosis ...

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UPDATE 3-Lilly drug may slow memory loss in mild Alzheimer's

* Decline slowed 34 pct among mild Alzheimer's patients* Combined results of two failed trials* Lilly shares close up 5.3 pctBy Ransdell Pierson and Bill BerkrotOct 8 (Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said...
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'SuperAgers' probed for clues to keeping sharp | Metro

'SuperAgers' probed for clues to keeping sharp | Metro | Memory Loss | Scoop.it
Among the most intriguing findings was that the cortex – the outer layer of the brain important for memory, attention and other mental processing abilities – was much thicker in the SuperAgers than in the control subjects in ...

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SuperAgers Super Memory, and Does Resistance to Dementia Run in the Family?

SuperAgers Super Memory, and Does Resistance to Dementia Run in the Family? | Memory Loss | Scoop.it
SuperAgers Super Memory, and Does Resistance to Dementia Run in the Family?

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Controlling vascular disease may be key to reducing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease

Over the last 15 years, researchers have found a significant association between vascular diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes type 2, hyperlipidemia, and heart disease and an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.
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Lilly drug may slow memory loss in mild Alzheimer's

Lilly drug may slow memory loss in mild Alzheimer's | Memory Loss | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said its experimental Alzheimer's drug led to a 34 percent reduction in memory decline for patients with mild symptoms over a period of 18 months, giving it potential ammunition...
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Eat This Later In Life And You May Lose Your Mind

Eat This Later In Life And You May Lose Your Mind | Memory Loss | Scoop.it
In a world filled with nonstop ideas on what people should and should not eat comes a new study highlighting even more dangers associated with carbs and sugar.

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3 Videos to Help You Provide Distinguished Dementia Care

3 Videos to Help You Provide Distinguished Dementia Care | Memory Loss | Scoop.it

Are you looking for ways to help persons with dementia feel joy and experience quality of life? Do you need tips for helping a family member cope with the effects of her loved one’s disease?


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Alzheimer's Association offers tools for caregivers

Alzheimer's Association offers tools for caregivers | Memory Loss | Scoop.it
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan, who was later diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, designated November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.
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National Family Caregivers Association

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New Survey Discusses Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on Family Caregivers


Besides their loved one's health and physical decline, losing the ability to communicate frightens all caregivers the most, according to new survey announced by the National Family Caregivers Association

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Mayo Clinic - Eating Lots of Carbs, Sugar May Raise Risk of Cognitive Impairment, Mayo Clinic Study Finds

Mayo Clinic - Eating Lots of Carbs, Sugar May Raise Risk of Cognitive Impairment, Mayo Clinic Study Finds | Memory Loss | Scoop.it

ROCHESTER, Minn. — People 70 and older who eat food high in carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, and the danger also rises with a diet heavy in sugar, Mayo Clinic researchers have found. Those who consume a lot of protein and fat relative to carbohydrates are less likely to become cognitively impaired, the study found. The findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

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Actions We Can Take to Hold Off Alzheimer's (and other Memory Impairments)

New studies are coming out frequently that give us new information on what we can do to hold off Alzheimer's and other memory impairments.  This is a compilation of articles on those studies and other sources that provide ideas and information on ways to care for our mental health.  Included are articles that reinforce the known ways to combat Alzheimer's along with information on some 'myths' about fighting Memory Impairment.


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Memory Problems with Heart Disease: Pump head and Vascular Dementia

Memory Problems with Heart Disease: Pump head and Vascular Dementia | Memory Loss | Scoop.it
Working in Cardiac Rehabilitation it wasn’t uncommon for a spouse or significant other to come in with the patient on the first day or early on in their rehabilitation and voice concern about...

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