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Press From Our Archives

  • "The Long Good-bye" The third installment of World News America's series on Alzheimer's explores the work of gene hunters. After decades of searching, five Alzheimer's disease genes have been discovered. But they are only a few pieces of a very complex puzzle. Scientists believe that there could be a number of key genes that haven't yet been found. The best chance of developing a cure for Alzheimer's is if gene hunters can track down the rest. Dr. Richard Mayeux, co-director of the Taub Institute, discovered more than 10 years ago that elderly members of New York's Dominican community were three times as likely to suffer from Alzheimer's as other ethnic groups. He wanted to find out the genetic reason why. So he set up a study [of Dominican families], which has become one of the largest in the world. (BBC News, July 30, 2008)
  • The The secrets to a long and healthy life. More and more people are living longer. But living to extreme old age is unusual and tends to run in some families. The Long Life Family Study, supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aims to learn more about the secrets to long healthy life, and investigators are seeking long-lived families to help study this important question. The current study recruitment builds on efforts during an earlier phase of the research, in which several hundred families took part. Dr. Richard Mayeux is among the study's lead researchers.  http://www.longlifefamilystudy.org/ (NEWSMEDICAL.NET)
  • "Gene abnormality linked to early-onset Parkinson's". Dr. Lorraine Clark and other researchers found a genetic abnormality that may greatly raise the likelihood of developing early Parkinson's disease. Their finding could lead to new treatments for the fatal brain ailment. (This study is published in Neurology.)
  • "Mediterranean Diet May Boost Alzheimer's Survival". Dr. Nikolaos Scarmeas is lead author on a study which finds that Alzheimer's patients who were following the Mediterranean diet had longer survival as compared to those who were following the diet less. US News and World Report, September 10, 2007. (The study is published in the Sept. 11 issue of Neurology.)
  • "Point of View: In the Trenches with Alzheimer's Disease", an editorial by the Taub Institute social worker and genetics counselor. In Vivo: Vol. 3 No. 3, February 23, 2004
  • Public Health and Aging; An Introduction to Maximizing Function & Well-Being Steven M. Albert, Ph.D. This book provides a systematic account of the field of public health and aging.
  • "Stroke and the Risk of Alzheimer Disease" Dr. Lawrence Honig and Columbia University Medical Center researchers have found that stroke puts a person at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Archives of Neurology: Vol. 60 No. 12, December 2003
  • "Alzheimer's Disease: Specific Protein Found to Be Disease Marker" Beta-amyloid peptide in blood appears to double the risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease. Vol. 2, No. 20., December 8, 2003
  • "Alzheimer's In The Family", Dr. Richard Mayeux is leading the NIA Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Initiative. Time Magazine, November 24, 2003
  • "Columbia Researchers Identify Possible New Culprit In Alzheimer's disease Plaque Formation" The study is published in the online edition of Nature Medicine and was featured in the April issue of the publication.
  • "Wanted: Large Families with Alzheimer's Disease", Richard Mayeux leads a new national initiative to find genes in Alzheimer's. In Vivo: Vol. 2 No. 3 February 12, 2003
  • "Stopping Essential Tremor", New research begins to track down causes of the disease. In Vivo: Vol. 2 No. 2 January 29, 2003
  • "Very Cool Brains", Columbia’s newly reorganized brain bank changes deposit procedures. In Vivo: Vol 1 No 21 December 18, 2002
  • "The X Receptor", A newly identified plasma membrane receptorfor estrogen may mediate some of the hormone’s faster actions. In Vivo: Vol 1 No 17 October 23, 2002
  • "A Brain Zapper to Fight Sleep Deprivation", A new method may help soldiers skip sleep and still perform well. In Vivo: Vol 1 No 11 June 26, 2002
  • "French Horns and Diagnosing Dementia", Reducing cultural bias in neuropsychological testing. In Vivo: Vol 1, Issue 6 March 25, 2002
  • "Normal Memory Loss or Alzheimer's?", New fMRI method can distinguish between the two. In Vivo: Vol. 1, Issue 2 January 28, 2002
  • 15 Most Cited Papers in Alzheimer's disease Research (1996-2001), According to the Alzheimer's Research Forum, one of Dr. Mayeux's papers is in the top 3 most cited papers in Alzheimer's Research.
  • Richard Mayeux Elected to Institute of Medicine -- October 16, 2000
  • Eric Kandel Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine -- October 9, 2000
  • CBS News: Alzheimer's disease Update -- September 24, 2000
  • Reuters Health: Impaired sense of smell may be early sign of Alzheimer's -- August 28, 2000
  • TIME Magazine: The Battle to Save Your Memory -- June 12, 2000
  • The New York Times: Is Memory Loss Inevitable? Maybe Not -- February 1, 2000
  • Newsweek: Alzheimer's - Unlocking the Mystery -- January 31, 2000
  • Cholesterol Associated with Dementia Following Stroke -- July 21, 1999
  • New Study to Look at Estrogen's Effects on Alzheimer's disease and Memory Loss -- May 24, 1999
  • Alzheimer's and Genetics -- Spring 1998
  • African Americans and Hispanics at Higher Risk for Alzheimer's disease -- March 13, 1998
  • Genetic Test for Alzheimer's may Improve Diagnostic Reliability -- February 18, 1998
  • Vitamin E May Delay Effects of Alzheimer's -- Fall 1997
  • New Clues to Early Neuron Damage in Alzheimer's disease -- October 15, 1997
  • The Genetics of Alzheimer's -- Spring/Summer 1997
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