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Fall/Winter 2009

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Mount Sinai Researchers to Test First Gene Therapy to Improve Brain Function In Alzheimer’s Patients

AD is a degenerative and ultimately fatal disorder affecting as many as five million Americans; that number is expected to soar to more than 11 million by 2040. Scientists are actively looking at new and more innovative ways to treat the disease. Now, for the first time in AD research, scientists are about to test […]

Dimebon—The Mystery Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Samuel Gandy, M.D., Ph.D. was recently featured in a Newsweek Web Exclusive article, entitled, “Are We Taking the Wrong Approach to Curing Alzheimer’s?” The article sheds light on the recent discovery of Russian antihistamine, dimebon, that not only stopped the cognitive decline of Alzheimer’s but also reversed it, with benefits lasting up to at least […]

Dementia Risk Higher for NFL Players

A recently published study commissioned by the National Football League (NFL) indicates a possible relationship between head trauma and later memory and cognition problems. In this study, researchers contacted 1.063 retired NFL players who had played for 3 or more seasons to survey their health and well-being over the phone. It was found that 6.1% […]

Evaluating Cognition over the Phone Works

In a recently published article in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, ADRC investigator, Effie M. Mitsis, Ph.D. discovered that testing elderly people’s cognitive skills by telephone is generally as effective as in-person testing. The study divided a cohort of 54 healthy women participants with an average age of 79 into two groups. The participants […]

Mumbai Corner: Staff from the Memory and Aging Research Center in Mumbai Visit Mount Sinai A Cup of Coffee with Dr. Girish Nair

This past June several members of the research team from the Memory and Aging Research Center at Nair Hospital in Mumbai visited the Mount Sinai ADRC.  They were: Dr. Urvashi Shah, a neuropsychologist, Dr. Girish Nair, a neurologist, and psychologists Vaishali Ganwir, and Shanti Shankar.  and Mr. Ajit Kadam, a senior histotechnologist.   The two weeks […]

Research Shows that High Protein Diet May Shrink Brain

A high protein diet may help with weight loss, but according to a new study by Mount Sinai researchers, it may also increase the risk of brain shrinkage and the susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in the journal Molecular Neurodegeneration, tested the impact of several diets for their effects on Alzheimer’s disease pathology […]

Could Diabetes Increase the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s?

Memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are very common in older people.  In fact, the likelihood of dementia in patients over 65 is about 13%, accounting for about one in eight persons over the age of 65.  Diabetes, especially type II  diabetes, is also a similarly common disease among the elderly and among patients with AD.  According to the […]