Latest Dementia News

Alzheimer's drug that can slow disease gets backing from FDA advisers

Jun. 10, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched Alzheimer's drug from Eli Lilly won the backing of federal health advisers on Monday, setting the stage for the treatment's expected approval for people with mild dementia caused by the brain-robbing disease. Food and Drug Administration advisers...

Director Damiano Michieletto invigorates opera with stagings that astonish some, appall others

Jun. 05, 2024 09:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Damiano Michieletto sat in the last row of the Opéra Bastille's front section alongside his production colleagues, watching opening night of Massenet’s rarely performed “Don Quichotte.” They bolted at the final note to get backstage for curtain calls and were...

A gene long thought to just raise the risk for Alzheimer's may cause some cases

May. 06, 2024 15:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, researchers have identified a genetic form of late-in-life Alzheimer’s disease — in people who inherit two copies of a worrisome gene. Scientists have long known a gene called APOE4 is one of many things that can increase people’s risk...

Legendary rugby league star Wally Lewis appeals for concussion and CTE awareness support

Apr. 23, 2024 04:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A legendary rugby player has cited the fear and anxiety that has come into his life among the reasons for urging the Australian government to fund support services and education about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Wally Lewis, dubbed “The...

Reuters photographer wins World Press Photo of the Year with poignant shot from Gaza

Apr. 18, 2024 07:00 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem captured this year’s prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award Thursday with a depiction of loss and sorrow in Gaza, a heartrending photo of a Palestinian woman cradling the body of her young niece. The photograph, taken in Khan Younis just...

It's the first drug shown to slow Alzheimer's. Why is is it off to a slow start?

Apr. 13, 2024 08:12 AM EDT

The first drug shown to slow Alzheimer’s disease hit the U.S. market over a year ago, but sales have lagged, major hospital systems have taken months to start using it and some insurers have rejected coverage. Doctors also expect some patients will hesitate to take Leqembi due to...

A veteran with dementia got lost going shopping. He died months after an officer body-slammed him

Mar. 28, 2024 23:32 PM EDT

When Carl Grant awoke from emergency surgery and couldn’t move, he apologized to family gathered around his hospital bed. In the fog of dementia, the U.S. Marine Corps veteran thought he’d been paralyzed in the Vietnam War. The truth: It was February 2020, he was 68, and a police...