KX News: ND Health Department debuts ‘Alzheimer’s and Dementia Data’ website dashboard

KX News: ND Health Department debuts ‘Alzheimer’s and Dementia Data’ website dashboard. “North Dakota has the fourth highest mortality rate for Alzheimer’s disease in the United States (U.S.) at 52.9 per 100,000 North Dakota residents. The rate for the U.S. is 37 per 100,000 residents. In 2016, according to the dashboard, there were 405 deaths in the state from Alzheimer’s and dementia. In 2020, that number jumped to 505.”

University of Iowa study: Alzheimer’s patients more likely to die from COVID (The Gazette)

The Gazette: University of Iowa study: Alzheimer’s patients more likely to die from COVID. “Patients with Alzheimer ’s disease who contract COVID-19 appear to be more likely to die from the respiratory infection than do COVID-19 patients who don’t have the neurodegenerative disease, according to new University of Iowa research that could hold implications for ethical vaccine distribution and global policy decisions.”

USC Viterbi: USC Viterbi Students Develop AI-based Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Tool

USC Viterbi: USC Viterbi Students Develop AI-based Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Tool. “About 6 million people in the US are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Despite being the sixth-leading cause of death in the country, there is currently no known cure for the memory-robbing condition. But diagnosing the disease early can help people seek preventative care and slow its progress. That’s why a team of students at USC is developing machine learning tools to detect early-onset Alzheimer’s disease using speech patterns, and democratize the diagnosis process.”

National Institutes of Health: NIH unveils new online tool to improve Alzheimer’s clinical trials recruitment

National Institutes of Health: NIH unveils new online tool to improve Alzheimer’s clinical trials recruitment. “Unveiled at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), Outreach Pro enables those involved with leading clinical research to create and customize participant recruitment communications such as websites, handouts, videos, and social media posts.”

North Platte Telegraph: New Alzheimer’s Foundation web page aimed at helping those affected by Alzheimer’s

North Platte Telegraph: New Alzheimer’s Foundation web page aimed at helping those affected by Alzheimer’s. “To help individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers continue to stay active and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has created a new web page. The ‘AFA Teal Room’ is home to a free library of virtual activity and therapeutic programming. Programs, which are free, are open to all and held daily, according to a press release.”

Washington Post: Pandemic isolation has killed thousands of Alzheimer’s patients while families watch from afar

Washington Post: Pandemic isolation has killed thousands of Alzheimer’s patients while families watch from afar. “Beyond the staggering U.S. deaths caused directly by the novel coronavirus, more than 134,200 people have died from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia since March. That is 13,200 more U.S. deaths caused by dementia than expected, compared with previous years, according to an analysis of federal data by The Washington Post.”

Stevens Institute of Technology: A.I. Tool Promises Faster, More Accurate Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Stevens Institute of Technology: A.I. Tool Promises Faster, More Accurate Alzheimer’s Diagnosis. “By detecting subtle differences in the way that Alzheimer’s sufferers use language, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed an A.I. algorithm that promises to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s without the need for expensive scans or in-person testing. The software not only can diagnose Alzheimer’s, at negligible cost, with more than 95 percent accuracy, but is also capable of explaining its conclusions, allowing physicians to double check the accuracy of its diagnosis.”

Penn Arts & Sciences: New Database Aims to Make Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Easier and Earlier

Penn Arts & Sciences: New Database Aims to Make Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Easier and Earlier. “Do you get nervous when you can’t think of a word? Chances are it’s a momentary lapse, but problems with language are one of the symptoms that can indicate a neurodegenerative disorder like Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, diagnosing these conditions requires scoring below a rather low threshold on a test battery administered by a specialist. This often means, says Mark Liberman, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, that people have already been suffering from the disease for a decade or more when they’re diagnosed. Liberman, the director of the Linguistic Data Consortium, is working with researchers at Penn Medicine to build a database that will allow neural health to be tracked across time, so that doctors can make an earlier diagnosis and researchers can evaluate medications and other treatments.”

Hey, Google? Alexa? Am I At Risk for Alzheimer’s?: UMass Boston Professor Part of $1.1M Research Project (UMass Boston)

UMass Boston: Hey, Google? Alexa? Am I At Risk for Alzheimer’s?: UMass Boston Professor Part of $1.1M Research Project. “Assistant Professor of Computer Science Xiaohui Liang is leading a four-year $1,179,714 National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded research project to use Voice Assistant Systems, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, to detect early cognitive impairment. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in older adults living alone is essential for developing, planning, and ensuring adequate support at home for patients and their families.”

UC Davis Health: $4 million grant to UC Davis and Drexel tests online tool for caregivers of individuals with dementia

UC Davis Health: $4 million grant to UC Davis and Drexel tests online tool for caregivers of individuals with dementia. “Agitation and aggression are just a few of the behavioral and psychological symptoms that people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders – and their caregivers — can have difficulty understanding and managing. But an easy-to-use online platform, called WeCareAdvisor, aims to bridge the information gap for caregivers, who are typically family members. The tool educates caregivers about dementia and provides daily tips for managing stress. It also offers a systematic approach for describing, investigating, creating and evaluating strategies, known as the DICE approach.”