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Dementia Research at Texas Health Dallas
12/28/2009

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Researchers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are helping shed new light on mysterious brain disorders that affect millions of Americans. Dementia is a gradual and progressive decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. The most common cause of dementia in the United States is Alzheimer’s disease, which affects one in 10 people over age 65 and nearly half of all individuals who reach age 85.

Dr. Anne Lipton, a neurologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas, has published a major textbook designed to help clinicians and scientists better understand, diagnose and treat dementias. The book, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias, tackles a wide array of topics including genetics, biomarkers, and prevention.

Dr. Eric Smernoff, a neuropsychologist at Texas Health Dallas, led a group of researchers that discovered a more precise way to use a common test for Alzheimer’s disease. And Dr. Rong Zhang, a researcher at Texas Health Dallas’ Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, was recently awarded a four-year grant from the National Institute on Aging to research the connection between exercise and brain function as people age.

I would like to congratulate these and other Texas Health Dallas researchers who are engaged in groundbreaking work in the fight against these devastating diseases.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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