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2010 - 2009 Press Archive

December 17th, 2010
WBUR, "Dr. Reisa Sperling"
Listen to HNDC member Reisa Sperling discussing normal aging versus early Alzheimer's disease, on NPR's Radio Boston show.

December 17th, 2010
The New York Times, "Tests Detect Alzheimer's Risks, but Should Patients Be Told?"
The pros and cons of early testing for Alzheimer's disease.

December 13th, 2010

The New York Times, "Insights Give Hope for New Attack on Alzheimer's"
Emerging understanding of Alzheimer's diseases

November 30th, 2010
The New York Times, "Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain From Antiquity to the 21st Century" - a book by PhD student Carl Schoonover.

November 24th, 2010
Nature Medicine special feature "Focus on Neurodegeneration" includes commentaries on disease mechanisms, repair, animal models, genetics, biomarkers, clinical trials, and drug discovery.

November 18th, 2010

HNDC Council member Dr. Timothy Johnson examines the state of America's health care in his new book, The Truth About Getting Sick in America.

This book is available electronically. Go to Amazon to order for a Kindle or other reader appplications.

November 18th, 2010
The Guardian, "Collette Waller: 'Without MS, there wouldn't be all these poems'"
Without MS, there wouldn't be all these poems.

November 7th, 2010

The New York Times, "Letters: Facing the Scourge of Alzheimer's"
HNDC director Ivinson comments on Alzheimer's research funding.

November 2nd, 2010
The Boston Globe, "Study links Parkinson's to brain's tiny power factories"
HNDC biomarkers program co-director Clements Scherzer publishes key Parkinson's paper.
Download research paper here.

October 30th, 2010
The New York Times, "Money Woes Can be Early Clue to Alzheimer's"
Money woes can be an early clue to Alzheimer's.

October 27th, 2010

The New York Times, "The Age of Alzheimer's"
Clarion call for increased Alzheimer's funding.

September 30th, 2010
The Wall Street Journal, "Studies Cast Doubton New MS theory"
New studies do not support popular but suprising claim that MS is caused by narrowing of neck and chest veins.
Click here for article.
Click here for article.

September 22nd, 2010
Bloomberg Businessweek, "FDA Approves 1st Oral Medication for MS"
FDA approves first oral medication for MS.

September 21st, 2010
Alzheimer's Disease International, "World Alzheimer Report"
New report from Alzheimer's Disease International puts global cost of dementia at $600 billion for the world's 35 million patients with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

September 9th, 2010
The Independent (UK), "Daily vitamin pill could reduce dementia's effects by up to 50 per cent"
Tests suggest vitamin B supplements can slow onset of Alzheimer's.

September 8th, 2010
HMS Office of Communications and External Relations"Researchers identify potential new drug for neurodegenerative disease"
HMS scientists yield finding for potential new drug to treat neurodegenerative disease.

September 1st, 2010
The New York Times, "Finding Suggests New Aim for Alzheimer's Drugs"
Finding reveals new drug target that could slow or halt Alzheimer's disease.

August 31st, 2010
Telegraph (UK), "JK Rowling gives £10m to MS charity"
JK Rowling makes major commitment to neurodegenerative diseases.

August 9th, 2010
The New York Times, "Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found to Predict Alzheimer's"
Researcher announce potential spinal fluid test to detect Alzheimer's.

August 4th, 2010
The New York Times, "In Push to Detect Alzheimer's Markers, Hopes for Detection"
Hope for new diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer's.

July 30th, 2010
Science - Vol. 329, "Is Pharma Running Out of Brainy Ideas?"
HNDC Director Adrian Ivinson comments on the concerns about the future of drug development.

July 12th, 2010
The New York Times, "New Scan May Spot Alzheimer's"
Update on new AD plaque imaging: see June 23rd story.

June 30th, 2010
BBC News, "Huntington's 'far more prevalent'"
Huntington's likely more prevalent than thought.

June 23rd, 2010
The New York Times, "Promise Seen for Detection of Alzheimer's"
Variation on Alzheimer's plaque imaging test; suggests practical benefit.

June 2nd, 2010
The New York Times, "Alzheimer's Stalks a Columbian Family"
The NYT Alzheimer's series looks at the impact on early onset Alzheimer's in an extended Columbian family.

June 1st, 2010
Frontiers, "Drug Discovery in Neurodegeneration - Mind the Gap"
The urgent need for new drugs to treat neurological diseases and what universities can do to help, by HNDC Director Adrian Ivinson.

May 17th, 2010
massgeneral.org, "New study characterizes cognitive and anatomic differences in Alzheimer’s disease gene carriers"
Genetic risk factors affect the course of Alzheimer's.

May 14th, 2010
Newsweek, "Desperately Seeking Cures"
Why do so few university discoveries result in successful drugs? 

May 12th, 2010
Reuters, "New theory of Alzheimer's explains drug failures"
The evolving theory of Alzheimer's disease and how it impacts on-going attempts to develop AD drugs.

April 28th, 2010
Nature, "Twin study surveys genome for cause of multiple sclerosis"
A new twin study surveys genome for cause of multiple sclerosis.

April 23rd, 2010
The New York Times, "'Informed Consent' and the Ethics of DNA Research"
The ethics of genetics research and the importance of informed consent.

April 15th, 2010
Reuters, "Study doubts role for virus in multiple sclerosis"
New study casts further doubt on role of Epstein-Barr virus in multiple sclerosis.

April 1st, 2010
The New York Times, "Cycling Provides a Break for Some With Parkinson's"
What does the patient who can't walk but can ride a bike tell us about Parkinson's disease?

March 31st, 2010
HARVie, "Co-chairs outline Executive Committee's role in GHG reduction effort"
HNDC Council Co-Chair, Rob Kaplan, is working on Harvard's greenhouse gas reduction program.

March 29th, 2010
National Public Radio, "A Historian's Long View On Living With Lou Gehrig's"
Historian and ALS patient Tony Judt discusses his life and future on National Public Radio's 'Fresh Air' with Terry Gross.

March 28th, 2010
The Wall Street Journal, "Multiple-Sclerosis Study Could Help Patients"
Moving toward a more personalized medicine approach in MS. 

March 26th, 2010
Harvard Gazette, "Alzheimer's for humans only"
Dr. Bruce Yankner discusses Alzheimer's from an evolutionary perspective.

March 11th, 2010
Academy of Finland, "Obituary: Professor Leena Peltonen-Palotie, Academician of Science"
It is with sadness that we report that Professor Leena Peltonen-Palotie passed away this morning. Leena was the most accomplished of human geneticists with an international influence that impressed and motivated all that knew her. Leena was a member of the leadership Governance Group of the International MS Genetics Consortium.

March 9th, 2010
The Boston Globe, "Bernie and Phyl share a long-kept secret"
Furniture retailer, Phyl Rubin, of Bernie & Phyl's, talks about MS.

March 8th, 2010
The New York Times, "Infection Defense May Spur Alzheimer's"
Does A-Beta have a role in innate immunity?

March 4th, 2010
The New York Times, "Parkinson's Limits Ability to Read Emotions"
Studies show that Parkinson's disease limits ability to read emotions of others.

February 9th, 2010
National Public Radio, "New Data Point To Huntington's Disease Hope"
Experimental Alzheimer's drug also shows promise in Huntington's disease.

February 5th, 2010
Focus, "New Direction in Academic Science Aims to Bridge 'Valley of Death'"
The importance of translational research and the role of the HNDC.

February 2nd, 2010
The Guardian, "A tribunal of mercy"
Writer Terry Pratchett on his Alzheimer's disease.

January 28th, 2010
The Guardian, "Charlott Raven: Should I take my own life?"
The Guardian, "I have Huntington's disease, but I can still live life to the full"
Two patients' views of Huntington's disease.

January 22nd, 2010
CNN Health, "FDA approves drug for multiple sclerosis"
MS drug, Ampyra, receives FDA approval.

January 21st, 2010
The Guardian, "New treatments on the horizon for multiple sclerosis"
Recent MS drug trials summary.

January 18th, 2010
The Wall Street Journal, "New Ways to Treat Multiple Sclerosis"
Finding new approaches to treat MS.

January 12th, 2010
The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric aired a segment regarding the state of Alzheimer's disease research. Adrian Ivinson, Director of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center - along with Dennis Selkoe, Co-Founder of the Center and other collaborators - was featured. The Center's drug discovery laboratory also was filmed for the segment. Click here to view the CBS Evening News segment.

December 10th, 2009
Physorg.com, "Prize4Life and the Jackson Laboratory team up to fight ALS"
Prize4Life and Jackson Laboratory team up on ALS treatment challenge

November 25th, 2009
The Boston Globe, "Caring for the elderly"
Harvard Medical School Professor, Dr. Lewis Lipsitz, describes the need for geriatric care.

November 12th, 2009

The Harvard Crimson, "Obesity Linked to Multiple Sclerosis"
Adolescent obesity is a risk factor in MS.

October 20th, 2009
The New York Times, "Treating Dementia, but Overlooking Its Physical Toll"
Dementia a physical illness also.

October 6th, 2009
BWH Bulletin, "Lisa S. Krivickas, MD, Department of Neurology"
In memory of ALS expert Lisa Stroud Krivickas.

September 21st, 2009
Bloomberg.com, "Alzheimer's, Dementia Rise Faster than Expected, Report Says"
The Guardian, "Dementia cases to double in next 20 years, say researchers"
Alzheimer's disease cases expected to rise faster than previous estimates.

September 9th, 2009
The New York Times, "Coming to Know the Limits of Healing"
The limits of pain treatment.

September 6th, 2009
The Guardian, "Alzheimer's research links three genes to disease"
More clues to inherited Alzheimer's risk.

August 19th, 2009
ScienceDaily, "MS Patients Who Smoke Show More Brain Atrophy, More Lesions, Than MS Nonsmokers"
Smoking, previously associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis and more severe disease progression, now associated with more severe brain injury.

August 10th, 2009
The Guardian, "I will die the most horrible death"
A personal account of Huntington's disease by NBC's Charles Sabine.

August 10th, 2009
National Public Radio, "Midlife Cholesterol Linked to Dementia"
HNDC member Dr. Reisa Sperling comments on recent research on cholesterol levels and Alzheimer's risk.

July 22nd, 2009
The Boston Globe, "Leading MS researcher leaving Harvard for Yale"
HNDC congratulates our colleague and friend Dr. David Hafler on his appointment as Chair of Neurology at Yale School of Medicine.

July 20th, 2009
Bloomberg.com, "Elan, Wyeth's Alzheimer's Angst Builds as Rivals Fail"
Confusion in the Alzheimer's disease drug discovery community.

July 16th, 2009
The Boston Globe, "Learning Alzheimer's risk may do no harm"
Surprisingly, learning your Alzheimer's disease risk may not be associated with psychological harm.

July 14th, 2009
Forbes.com, "Smoking May Speed Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms"
It was known that smoking increases your risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Now Harvard investigators at the Partners MS Center show that it also accelerates disease progression.

July 12th, 2009
The Boston Globe, "Doctor, give me the news"
The distinguished career of Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC Medical Editor and HNDC Council member, is featured in Boston Globe.

July 9th, 2009
TIME, "Can Language Skills Ward Off Alzheimer's? A Nuns' Study"
HNDC Governance Group member Brad Hyman comments on new results suggesting that those with sophisticated linguistic skills may be partially protected from developing dementia.

July 7th, 2009
The Guardian, "The lifestyle to beat Alzheimer's"
A quick review of some recent suggestions of lifestyle changes to delay Alzheimer's disease.

May 17th, 2009 
New York Times, "Fighting for a Last Chance at Life"
Joshua Thompson shares his personal experience with Lou Gehrig's disease.

May 7th, 2009 
NMSS.org, "Research News: Genetics Study to Launch - Research Moving Forward During Challenging Times"
National MS Society newsletter features HNDC and Intl. MS Genetics Consortium project.

May 5th, 2009 
The Boston Globe, "Explore New Models"
HNDC co-founder Joseph Martin comments on the need for a new approach to primary care.

April 17th, 2009
New Approaches to Neurological Pain: Planning for the Future.
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April 15th, 2009
BBC News, "Drug Offers Hope on Alzheimer's"
Cautious optimism surrounding early drug candidate in Alzheimer’s.
Click here for article.

April 7th, 2009

Forbes.com, "How To Keep Your Brain Young"
How exercising your brain can help slow Alzheimer's disease progression.

April 6th, 2009

The New York Times, "Brain Researchers Open Door to Editing Memory"
Neuroscientists take first steps toward editing memories.

March 24th, 2009

Bloomberg.com, "Biogen Tests Malaria Drug for Tysabri Brain Infection (Update1)"
Biogen reports progress on Tysabri side effects.

February 28th, 2009

The Boston Globe, "Boston-led team discovers new ALS gene"
New ALS mutation reported by Boston and UK teams (including HNDC investigator Dr. Chuck Vanderburg) shed light on underlying disease mechanism.

February 26th, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle, "Big jump in Alzheimer's cost expected in state"
Cost of Alzheimer's Disease will double in next 20 years.

February 16th, 2009

Medline Plus, "Family History of Melanoma Doubles Parkinson's Risk"
Further evidence for link between Parkinson’s and melanoma.

January 23rd, 2009

BMJ, "Abuse of people with dementia by family carers: representative cross sectional survey"
Abusive behavior towards people with dementia is common.

January 8th, 2009

The Boston Globe, "Alzheimer's drugs double death risk in elderly"
New study suggests that drugs commonly used to treat Alzheimer's disease may increase death.