Texas Health Dallas Neurologist Publishes Alzheimer’s Text|
DALLAS — Dr. Anne Lipton, a neurologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, has published a major textbook about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, helping shed light on the mysterious brain disorders that affect millions of Americans.
The book, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias, is designed to help clinicians and scientists better understand, diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease and related brain conditions.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the brain and how it works,” Lipton said. “For many scientists and physicians, studying brain development and treating conditions that affect children’s brains as they grow is most interesting. But for me, what’s most fascinating is investigating what happens to a normally functioning adult brain when it suffers injury from dementia.”
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.
More than four million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, making it the fourth leading cause of the death in adults. Up to 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s by 2050, according to some estimates.
Lipton’s work tackles a wide array of topics involving Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, including evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. It includes chapters on future directions in dementia, including genetics, biomarkers, and prevention. The book also discusses specific types of cognitive impairment (including traumatic brain injury), caregiver support, and legal issues.
One reviewer wrote: “While clinicians and other health professionals are the primary audience, the breadth of topics and the editors’ straightforward approach makes this book a helpful resource for everyone who has a friend or relative with a dementing illness.”
With content ranging from clinical guidance to basic research, the book contains information on nearly every subject related to dementia.
“It’s an outstanding work that should be on the shelf of every clinician and scientist interested in better understanding the mysteries of these diseases,” said Dr. Malcolm Stewart, a neurologist and medical director of the Movement Disorders Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
“No matter how advanced their knowledge of the subject is, this book has enlightening information about the brain and how it’s affected by injury and disease,” he said.
The book is co-edited by Dr. Myron F. Weiner, a professor of psychiatry and neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
“One of our goals was also to address the broader range of brain injuries to help physicians better treat primary brain diseases and disorders before they reach the stage of dementia,” Lipton said. “Part of the mission of treating brain conditions is doing everything we can to limit the progression of the disease or injury.”
Lipton graduated with honors from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, with a degree in Behavioral Biology in 1988. She completed medical school and a PhD in Physiology at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.
She returned to Johns Hopkins for her internship, then completed her residency in neurology at UT Southwestern and a joint fellowship in neurobehavior and dementia at UT Southwestern and UCLA.
“Modern medicine has enabled people to live longer, bringing chronic illnesses, like Alzheimer’s and heart disease, to the forefront,” she said. “We have better medicines for treating dementias than we did years ago, but still no cure. Adaptive and compensatory measures therefore often benefit patients and caregivers.”
Lipton is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology and on the board of the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
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