Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Ysabelle Kempe and Felice J. Freyer Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff March 20, 2019 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Wednesday the creation of a $30 million center to study Down syndrome, a major boost for research into a condition that advocates say has long been underfunded. The Alana Down Syndrome Center will bring together biologists, engineers, and students to address the central puzzles of this genetic condition and find ways to improve the quality of life of those who have it. It comes as people with Down are living longer than ever before: The average life expectancy of age 60 is double what it was 25 years ago.“This is a real game-changer for the Down syndrome community,” said Dr. Nicole Baumer, director of the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, who is not involved with the MIT project. … [Read more...] about With $28.6 million gift, MIT to establish center for Down syndrome research
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Health | Will We Ever Cure Alzheimer’s? Supported by 11 things we’d Really like to know Few drugs have been approved for treatment of this dementia, and none works very well. It has become one of the most intractable problems in medicine. ByPam Belluck Nov. 19, 2018 It’s a rare person in America who doesn’t know of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. The most common type of dementia, it afflicts about 44 million people worldwide, including 5.5 million in the United States. Experts predict those numbers could triple by 2050 as the older population increases. So why is there still no effective treatment for it, and no proven way to prevent or delay its effects? Why is there still no comprehensive understanding of what causes the disease or who is destined to develop it? The answer, you … [Read more...] about Will We Ever Cure Alzheimer’s?
Kim Kozlowski The Detroit News Published 10:31 PM EST Nov 18, 2018 Ann Arbor — For nearly a year, Eva Feldman visited her mother and three other women during dinner at a memory care facility not far from her home. While her mother was capable of feeding herself, one of the other women wasn't. So during her visits, Feldman helped the woman eat while trying to engage the others in conversation. Feldman — a University of Michigan researcher and neurologist — kept up that routine until her mother died in March at the age of 89. During the last months of her mother's life, Feldman observed nearly two dozen people living at the facility and witnessed the symptoms of those with brains succumbing to Alzheimer's disease: some couldn't talk, recognize their family or even remember their own names. "It was remarkable as a neurologist to live Alzheimer’s disease," Feldman said. "Their degree of impairment was so profound it … [Read more...] about UM stem cell research lifts hope for Alzheimer’s patients
Richard Rainwater, the late legendary Fort Worth billionaire, spent his last six and a half years and tens of millions of dollars hoping to jumpstart research that would find a cure to progressive supranuclear palsy before it killed him. By attacking nerve cells in the brain, PSP robs its victims of balance, mobility, speech, vision and ultimately life.Rainwater died in 2015 at 71 from complications of the rare brain disease — often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s — with the mission unfinished.But his legacy foundation is making a major push to find groundbreaking discoveries in neurodegenerative degenerative research by offering the largest prize program for brain research ever created.On Tuesday, the Rainwater Charitable Foundation announced that it is launching a series of multimillion-dollar prizes — up to $10 million — to fight brain diseases like PSP and Alzheimer’s.The foundation hopes that such large sums will accelerate development of treatments … [Read more...] about Richard Rainwater’s legacy lives on with world’s largest prize program for brain research
Story highlights Bill Gates hopes to create a reliable and affordable test for Alzheimer's Gates joined other philanthropists in investing $30 million to jump-start research (CNN)Besides a cure, what do those afraid of Alzheimer's disease need most? According to entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates, a key need is a "reliable, affordable, and accessible" diagnostic test. To jump-start that research, Gates announced today that he has joined a coalition of philanthropists who are investing $30 million to create a venture fund called Diagnostics Accelerator. "We need a better way of diagnosing Alzheimer's -- like a simple blood test or eye exam -- before we're able to slow the progression of the disease," Gates wrote in a statement announcing the investment. "Imagine a world where diagnosing Alzheimer's disease is as simple as getting your blood tested during your annual physical." JUST WATCHED How Alzheimer's destroys the brain Replay More Videos ... MUST … [Read more...] about Bill Gates wants to jump-start a test for Alzheimer’s