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Coverage of the Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine in the general media related to dementia

Fundraising stamps will benefit Alzheimer's disease research (video) - WBAL-TV
The United States Postal Service is doing its part to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Officials held a ceremony at Johns Hopkins [Bayview Medical Center] to unveil the Alzheimer's semi postal fund-raising stamp. It will benefit the Department of Health and Human Services and their efforts to find a cure

Mount Airy woman recognized at Alzheimer's awareness stamp dedication - Carroll Count Times
Thursday’s ceremony included comment from many, including Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center President Dr. Richard Bennett and Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-District 7.

USPS dedicates Alzheimer’s fundraising stamp - WCBD News 2
Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan dedicated a stamp today to fund research to help find a cure for one of the top 10 leading causes of death — Alzheimer’s. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Alzheimer’s Semipostal Fundraising stamp took place at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

The U.S. Postal Service is taking on Alzheimer’s with a new stamp - Washington Post
The first-class stamp, which shows someone placing a hand on the shoulder of an elderly woman, hints at the hope and companionship that caregivers, researchers and an aware public can bring.... The stamp will be dedicated at a ceremony at the Memory & Alzheimer’s Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins’s Bayview campus in Baltimore on Nov. 30.

Alzheimer’s linked to low brain chemical count​ - National Enquirer
Research carried out by Gwenn Smith, a psychiatry professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, examined the levels of serotonin in the brains of 56 participants.... Scans found participants with [mild cognitive impairment] had up to 38 percent less serotonin than healthy participants of the same age. The findings suggest the brain chemical may drive the illness rather than simply being its by-product.

Researchers leverage PET and MR to uncover serotonin's role in Alzheimer's - Dotmed
“The study shows that the serotonin system is affected in the early stages before memory problems are severe enough to meet criteria for dementia,” Dr. Gwenn Smith, professor and director of geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatry at the university, told HCB News. “We hope the study will stimulate development of medications targeting the serotonin system for use in individuals at risk for dementia.”

Scans show lower brain serotonin levels linked to dementia - United Press International
Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that lower levels of serotonin transporter in the brain are linked to dementia. Serotonin transporter is the brain chemical responsible for appetite, sleep and mood.... Researchers examined brain scans of patients with early signs of memory decline and found that lower serotonin transporters may be the driving force of dementia, not a byproduct.
Also reported by: Yahoo News

How to improve your memory and brain health - AARP​
“The GCBH [Global Council on Brain Health] recommends people incorporate cognitively stimulating activities into their lifestyle to help maintain their brain health as they age,” says Marilyn Albert, chair of GBCH and director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “The sooner you start, the better because what you do now may make you less susceptible to disease-related brain changes later in life.”

How People With Dementia Can Live at Home Longer – Next Avenue
The MIND program makes a difference, saving money for families and Medicaid
Quincy Samus, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins who leads the MIND at Home research team, is conducting two more studies of the program. One, through a $6.4 million innovation grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, focuses on low-income older adults and their caregivers. The other, funded with $3.4 million from the National Institute on Aging, looks at participants of all income levels. Both studies will gain insight into the program’s costs and long-term sustainability. Combined, they involve 647 people with dementia and an equal number of family members in central Maryland.

How people with dementia can live at home longer - Forbes
[The Gerben family] got a boost from a program in Maryland called Maximizing Independence (MIND) at Home. [It was] designed in 2006 by dementia specialists at Johns Hopkins University and offered to families as part of Johns Hopkins research that is still ongoing.

Alzheimer's patients need special care, but providers aren't ready to give it - Healthcare Dive
Older people with Alzheimer’s have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older Americans…. “People with Alzheimer’s really need a lot of care,” Dr. Kostas Lyketsos, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine, told Healthcare Dive.

The surprising link between loneliness and Alzheimer's (study) Health – Nov 2, 2016
In an editorial published along with the study, Paul B. Rosenberg, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, called the findings “important and intriguing.” Doctors are always looking for new and effective ways to screen patients in the early stages of dementia, he writes.

Johns Hopkins testing drug that could prevent Alzheimer's disease (Video) WMAR-TV
Johns Hopkins is one of 67 international medical centers taking part in groundbreaking research on Alzheimer's disease. The 'Anti-Amyloid in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's', or A4 Study , could be a game changer for the millions of people who have the condition, taking aim at Alzheimer’s before memory ever slips.

What amnesia tells us about memory … What happens to your sense of self when your memory is gone? What can amnesia teach us about memory? Dr. Jason Brandt, a neuropsychologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who specializes in memory and memory disorders, joins us in studio to explore these questions.—WYPR-FM

June1, 2016 – WYPR Midday | Facing Alzheimer’s Disease Jason Brandt joins the conversation - LISTEN

What Amnesia Tells Us About Memory - Sheilah Kast on WYPR MIDDAY interviews Dr. Jason Brandt. - WYPR