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SCC Brain Health Symposium gives hope, answers to seniors
December 1, 2016 The SCC Observer
There’s new hope, and the science to back it up, that proves ours brains are like muscles; exercising not only helps but can also rebuild brains...

In Memoriam: Chad Dickey, PhD
December 1, 2016 USF Health News
USF Health neuroscientist Chad Dickey, PhD — a leading NIH-funded researcher in the Morsani College of Medicine who developed an international reputation seeking answers to some of the most fundamental questions about neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s disease – died Nov. 25, after a courageous battle with cancer...

Is the health advice you’re following outdated? Check this.
November 30, 2016 The Boston Globe
Second opinions from medical experts in Alzheimer’s, heart disease, back pain, and more...

Failure of Another Alzheimer’s Drug Forces a Reassessment
November 23, 2016 The Wall Street Journal
The pursuit of a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease has long focused on clearing clumps of a protein called beta amyloid that build up in the brain of those with the mind-robbing condition...

Alzheimer's diagnoses go mobile
October 11, 2016 ABC Action News
Experts in the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Mobile Research Suite are now diagnosing hundreds of new cases. You don't have to make an appointment and it's free...

Alzheimer's Research Hitting The Road
September 20, 2016 WUSF
Bill Nagely was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, and for the past three years, he and his wife, Sheila, have made the hour-long drive from their home in St. Petersburg to the University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa...

New research reveals early signs of dementia and Alzheimer's
August 2, 2016 ABC Action News
Many of us love someone suffering with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia. Often, we are responsible for getting the right help...

Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute CEO champions funding for dementia research
July 28, 2016 USF Health News
In a year’s time Alzheimer’s disease affects more Americans than cancer and heart disease, the country’s top two causes of death...

Best way to combat Alzheimer's is a healthy lifestyle, studies show
July 28, 2016 USA Today
Lifestyle choices remain the best way to prevent and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s, according to another failed drug trial and a five-day-long international conference...

Could this computer game delay Alzheimer’s symptoms? New study suggests it could.
July 27, 2016 The Washington Post
You’re staring at a computer screen. Two objects flash before your eyes, one directly in front of you, and the other off to the side, barely in view. In a split second, they’re both gone...

Eyes and nose window to early detection of Alzheimer's?
July 26, 2016 CBS News
Research shared at a major international conference suggests your sight and smell may be the key to early detection of Alzheimer's, even before symptoms surface...

Computerized brain training delays dementia development, study says
July 25, 2016 UPI
People who used a computerized cognitive brain training program were more than one-third less likely to develop dementia or cognitive decline...

This brain fitness program could be a game-changer
July 25, 2016 The Today’s Show
A major study has pinpointed a brain fitness program that can actually fight the symptoms of aging. BrainHQ boasts a series of mental exercises that you do for about an hour a day, all designed by scientists to turn back the clock...

The Best Way to Delay Dementia Without Drugs
July 25, 2016 TIME magazine
A new study provides the strongest evidence yet for the power of brain training to reduce the risk of dementia and possibly Alzheimer’s...

Can This Brain Exercise Put Off Dementia?
July 25, 2016 The Wall Street Journal
A new study is believed to be the first to show that speed training can reduce the risk for the condition...

Brain training may forestall dementia onset for years, new study says
July 24, 2016 LA Times
If you’re intent on keeping dementia at bay, new research suggests you’ll need more than crossword puzzles, aerobic exercise and an active social life...

Play on! In a first, brain training cuts risk of dementia 10 years later
July 24, 2016 StatNews
For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people’s risk for dementia — not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game...

Behavior changes offer clues that dementia could be brewing July 24, 2016 Associated Press
Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing — changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue...

'Brain training' cut dementia risk in healthy adults - U.S. study
July 24, 2016 Reuters
A computerized brain training program cut the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent, U.S. researchers said on Sunday in reporting an analysis of the results of a 10-year study...

Brain Games Might Cut Alzheimer's Risk
July 24, 2016 NBC News
A computerized brain training program cut the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent, U.S. researchers said Sunday in reporting an analysis of the results of a 10-year study...

Could Brain Training Prevent Dementia?
July 24, 2016 The New Yorker
A report released today says researchers believe they have found a link between speed-of-processing training and a reduction in cognitive decline among the elderly...

Computerized brain training designed to improve visual attention reduces dementia risk
July 22, 2016 USF Health News
Older adults who completed 11 or more sessions of training had a 48 percent reduced risk of dementia over the 10-year study period, a University of South Florida researcher finds...

USF Health Byrd Memory Research Suite
June 30, 2016 YouTube
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute unveiled a new mobile memory research suite that will soon travel to pre-selected sites in Florida near senior communities and increase their participation in clinical trials...

USF Health Brings Research to The Villages
June 29, 2016 The Villages Daily Sun New Mobile Memory Research Suite has convenience to clinical trials...

USF Health wants to speed up access to Alzheimer's trials
June 29, 2016 Tampa Bay Business Journal
The University of South Florida unveiled its new Memory Research Suite to a crowd of 50 people Tuesday morning, giving them a first look before the suite starts traveling in August...

Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute ready to take clinical trials on the road
June 29, 2016 USF Health News
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute unveiled its mobile Memory Research Suite on June 28 – a groundbreaking traveling “clinic” designed to bring the latest clinical drug trials to senior communities across Florida...

Mobile memory research unit will help Tampa Bay Alzheimer's patients
June 28, 2016 ABC Action News
We are remembering legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt, who passed away after battling early onset dementia referred to as Alzheimer’s type...

Someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's every 68 seconds
June 27, 2016 10News
The biggest risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease is one you can do nothing to prevent – your age. But you can develop it in your 40s and 50s, and women develop it more often than men...

Early Alzheimer's Linked to Brain 'Leakage'
June 2, 2016 Foreign Affairs Publisher
People in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease may have more “leaks” in the barrier that separates the brain from the bloodstream, a small study suggests...

For people with dementia, devices bring music that awakens the past
May 26, 2016 Tampa Bay Times
Dr. Amanda Smith, medical director of the University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, said older songs are particularly powerful because dementia patients lose more recent memories first...

Tampa doctors are on forefront of fight against Alzheimer’s
May 19, 2016 News Channel 8
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Chances are someone in your family has been touched by it...

Could a New Treatment Stop Alzheimer’s Disease Before It Starts?
May 6, 2016 Observer.com
What if doctors could detect and treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease 10 or even 20 years before a patient’s memory problems begin?

Multiple Alzheimer’s Treatments Are in the Drug Pipeline, but Barriers to Access Will Remain
April 28, 2016 PRWeb
More than a decade after the last Alzheimer’s drug launched, multiple treatments could hit the market within the next five years but it may be hard to provide patients access to them...

USF Health takes part in national Tell Me More campaign to highlight compassionate patient care
February 17, 2016 USF Health News
At USF Health, health teams in the Division of General Internal Medicine, the Department of Family Medicine, and the primary care clinic at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute stepped up to participate in the week-long campaign...

Major Alzheimer's study at USF needs volunteers
January 12, 2016 ABC Action News
Thirty-five years from now, the amount of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease is expected to triple, yet there is no cure...

2016: A turning point for Alzheimer’s
December 30, 2015 The Villages Daily Sun
The conversation about Alzheimer’s disease has escalated to a battle cry from a whisper...

Wednesday's letters: Alzheimer's research gets a boost
December 29, 2015 Tampa Bay Times
Alzheimer's costs more than heart disease or cancer and kills almost as many people, yet research support is 10 to 20 percent of that for these other diseases...

Alzheimer's support groups benefit patient and caregiver
December 26, 2015 The Ledger
People in the early stages of Alzheimer's, aware of their condition but functioning fairly well, felt left out...

Every family member affected by memory-stealing disease
December 26, 2015 The Ledger
He was her first date, her high school sweetheart and the love of her life for more than 40 years...

USF recruiting patients for Alzheimer's trials
October 9, 2015 FOX13 News
Researchers are constantly looking for a cure for Alzheimer's. Some groundbreaking studies will soon be getting underway at USF's Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, and they need participants...

Being aware of memory lapses is key
September 14, 2015 The Dallas Morning News
Older adults destined to develop dementia may start to lose awareness of their memory problems two to three years before the disease is full-blown, a new study finds...

Community testing: Alzheimer's Institute looks to expand memory testing
August 12, 2015 The Lakeland Ledger
Seeking to expand the number of people screened for memory disorders and the pool of potential candidates for trials of new dementia drugs, representatives of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute were in Lakeland Tuesday morning to find community partners...

Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute CEO champions funding for dementia research
July 28, 2015 USF Health News
David Morgan plays a leading role in an ambitious national research movement to help stop Alzheimer’s disease by 2025...

Test at USF helps caregivers keep their loved one with Alzheimer's Disease at home
July 9, 2015 ABC Action News
Caring for an elderly parent is hard enough, but if they have Alzheimer's Disease there are special challenges....

Play looks to raise Alzheimer's awareness among African-Americans
June 25, 2015 Tampa Bay Times
Performing in a theatrical production was just something young Garrett Davis wanted to check off his to-do list....

Unlocking the Memory Mystery
June 21, 2015 The Villages Daily Sun
As advocates observed "The Longest Day" on June 21 to raise awareness and fundraising, the Daily Sun took a look at where the country is at in its current research in the fight against Alzheimer's Disease...

USF Health Byrd Institute Brings Award Winning Play
June 19, 2015 Florida Sentinel Bulletin
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute has teamed up with African Americans Against Alzheimer’s to host the award winning Garrett Davis play, “Forget Me Not” at 2 p. m. Saturday, June 27th at USF Theater I, 3755 USF Holly West....

Dr. Lucy Guerra captures the essence of working at an academic medical center, reflects on power of a team-based approach to patient care
June 5, 2015 USF Health News
It’s in Dr. Lucy Guerra’s genes to be completely drawn in to the team-based patient care offered at USF Health....

Speakers shed light on health care challenges
May 13, 2015 The Laker/Lutz News
Patients and providers offered insights into obstacles relating to the treatment of people living with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis during a recent roundtable...

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?

Tampa Bay Alzheimer's experts weigh in on 'Still Alice'
February 19, 2015 Tampa Bay Times
Still Alice presents tougher questions for patients and caregivers living with Alzheimer's — specifically the inherited form that Alice develops at age 50...