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Music Soothes As Alzheimer's Cure Sought
March 5, 2015 WUSF News
Julie Martin sits at a table in a nondescript room at Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater. She strums an instrument called a Qchord, a type of electronic autoharp...

Tampa Bay area touted for medical tourism
February 23, 2015 Tampa Tribune
Tourists like to come to the Tampa Bay area because of the sunshine and the beaches. But what if they came for the sunshine, the beaches and a medical procedure?

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease Publishes New Study Suggesting Ketones have Potential to Compensate for Brain Energy Deficit
September 17, 2014
Promising new research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (August 2014) sheds more light on the potential ability of ketones to support brain function in people with mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia...

Florida researchers report medical marijuana may improve Alzheimer's
September 11, 2014
Neuroscientists from the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute have demonstrated that very low levels of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) in marijuana may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease...

Editorial: Confronting Alzheimer’s horrors
June 26, 2014
Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers deserve praise for launching an Alzheimer’s research program...

Alzheimer's study seeking 1,000 participants
June 26, 2014 MyFOX Tampa Bay
A new study here in the Bay Area might change when patients get plaque-busting medications, granting early access to prescription drugs long before the heartbreaking signs of dementia...

Scientists urge moderation with this nutrition trend
June 24, 2014 Herald-Tribune
The coconut has attained superfood status...

Gov. Scott Signs Legislation Supporting Floridians with Alzheimer’s
June 18, 2014 FL Governor's Press Office
Governor Rick Scott announced he has signed House Bill 709 and House Bill 711, which creates a new Alzheimer Disease research program and further addresses the needs of people with Alzheimer’s and their families that care for them.

Why all the fuss about coconut?
May 29, 2014 The Washington Post
“I get asked about coconut oil on a daily basis,” says Amanda Smith, medical director at the University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa. She says she has heard mixed reviews from patients who’ve tried it and is conducting a study to determine whether cognitive benefits exist. “Some say that it helps, and others have perceived no benefit. But we don’t have the data to make specific recommendations....”

Neuroscientist shares insights on learning and memory at TEDx TampaBay
May 19, 2014 Blog: Research at USF Health
“Memory formation is paramount in making us who we are today,” USF Health neuroscientist Edwin Weeber, PhD, told an audience of hundreds attending the recent TEDx TampaBay 2014 conference at the Tampa Convention Center.....

Coffee May Save Eyesight and 4 More Surprising Benefits
May 8, 2014 Emax Health
A 2012 study led by Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Pharmacy and the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, found that the blood caffeine levels of participants who had mild cognitive impairment (MCI) that progressed to dementia during a two-to-four year follow-up were 51 percent lower than those whose MCI stayed stableduring the same time period.....

Alzheimer’s study at Mount Sinai in Miami Beach focuses on possible prevention
April 29, 2014 Miami Herald
For years now, Graciela Fowler has watched as her elderly relatives have succumbed to Alzheimer’s, an irreversible brain disease that destroys memory and thinking skills. At 66, she worries about succumbing to a similar fate.....

Investment in research failing to keep pace with scope of Alzheimer’s
March 23, 2014 Commentary
The size and scope of Alzheimer’s is now nearly on par with cancer. That’s the big takeaway from a new study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Neurology by researchers at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago.....

‘Angels’ fight to find cure for rare genetic disorder
February 23, 2014
Edwin Weeber, a professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida, and Benjamin Philpot, a professor of cell and molecular physiology and member of the University of North Carolina’s Neuroscience Center, are the two leading doctors who are testing and advocating for a cure for AS.....

Transforming Alzheimer's Care
Winter 2014 USF Magazine
Researchers, doctors and clinicians at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute are unlocking the mysteries of Alzheimer’s and transforming patient care.....

Memory Lane
January 31, 2014 Florida Business Observer
Development came to a halt when the real estate market collapsed in Southwest Florida, but no one got any younger. The result is that demand has continued to increase for facilities that can care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia while the supply of special housing for them hasn’t kept pace.....

Multi Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
October 31, 2013 The Health & Wellness Blog
Coconut oil has been a wonderful product in many different ways. Used as a natural supplement, cooking oil, skin moisturizer, and cosmetic lotions, a recent study has added another potential health benefit to this incredible product.....

USF PhD graduate in neuroscience to join laboratory of new Nobel Prize winner
October 17, 2013 USF Health News
USF Health PhD graduate Justin Trotter leaves this weekend for Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA, where he will work for a recent Nobel Prize winner in medicine.....

U.S. study looks into the benefits of coconut oil on patients with Alzheimer's
October 9, 2013 CTV National News
After studying the effects of ginkgo leaves, vitamin E and painkillers on Alzheimer’s -- a disease that affects about 30 million people globally -- researchers at the University of South Florida have turned their attention to another possible natural remedy: coconut oil....

Inaugural Alzheimer’s & the Arts fundraiser to benefit USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute
October 2, 2013 USF Health News
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute will hold Alzheimer’s & the Arts, an evening of artistic expression, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Institute, 4001 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33613. The fundraiser will benefit research, patient care and education.....

David Morgan appointed to state Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee
September 7, 2013 USF Health News
David Morgan, PhD, CEO of the the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, was one of seven Floridians recently appointed to the state’s Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee by Governor Rick Scott.....

Stress-related protein speeds progression of Alzheimer’s disease
September 3, 2013 USF Health News
A stress-related protein genetically linked to depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders contributes to the acceleration of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study led by researchers at the University of South Florida has found.....

Age-related research highlighted during NIA director’s visit to USF
August 29, 2013 USF Health News
The director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging yesterday visited the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, the state’s only freestanding Alzheimer’s center offering clinical assessment, laboratory research, education and care under one roof.....

Support essential for the Alzheimer’s caregiver
August 11, 2013 Tampa Tribune
The first shock was hearing the doctor say: “Your husband has Alzheimer’s”.....

Science and detective work earn two USF students national award for mock crime scene competition
August 1, 2013 USF Health News
Two pre-med students, who investigate the inner workings of antigens in tissue at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute research labs, won first place for Forensic Medicine in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state and national competitions during the 2013 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.....

Dr. Jo's super foods series: Coconut
July 22, 2013 MyFOX Tampa Bay
Look no further than the produce section for special products that give our bodies a boost. They're called "super foods.....

Who will care for an aging generation?
July 21, 2013 Tampa Tribune
When Mary Sterling faces an obstacle, she remembers her mother's credo: You come from a long line of strong, independent women.....

Wife’s story spurs funding for coconut research for Alzheimer’s disease
June 24, 2013 USF Oracle
When Dr. Mary Newport’s husband Steve was denied at every drug trial screening he went to, she decided to do some research of her own......

Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute supports The Longest Day to fight Alzheimer’s disease
June 10, 2013 USF Health News
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association for The Longest Day® to honor those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers......

Local doctor says coconut oil helps reduce symptoms of Alzheimer's disease
June 4, 2013 ABC Action News
Dr. Mary Newport cherishes sweet moments. Her husband, Steve, has Alzheimer’s, a brain-wasting disease that robs him of his ability to live his normal life......

Spring Hill couple inspires research into coconut oil for Alzheimer's patients
June 2013 Tampa Bay Times
In those first two years, her husband used chopsticks again. He also oiled door hinges, slow danced at a party, remembered his hairdresser's name. He rewatched When Harry Met Sally and blurted "I'll have what she's having!" before the woman in the diner did.....

Brain Health: Can coconut oil stop Alzheimer’s?
May 2013 Health Radar
When he was 53, Steve Newport began to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and kept getting worse — until five years later, when his wife and caregiver, Dr. Mary Newport, discovered coconut oil.....

One wife's crusade: Coconut oil helped husband with Alzheimer's
March 31, 2013 Ocala Star-Banner
The first sign of trouble for Steve Newport was confusion. An accountant by trade, he suddenly began to struggle even with basic math. And although he was a whiz with technology, he found that he couldn't operate a simple calculator, let alone a computer......

Renowned Alzheimer’s experts featured at Day of Hope Conference on April 11
March 13, 2013 TC Palms
Featured speakers are two renowned experts: Dave Morgan, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer/Director of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Phamacology and Physiology and Director of Neuroscience.....

USF Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute: Helping To Make Alzheimer’s A Memory
February 26, 2013 New Tampa Neighborhood News
With age comes wisdom,” the saying goes, but as more and more of the elderly are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the opposite occurs.....

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