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Editor's e-Note
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5.4 million Americans over the age of 65, or one in eight older adults, have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death in Americans aged 65 and older. Medical advances, along with improved social and environmental conditions have resulted in a greater number of Americans living into their 80s and 90s. Because the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, this extended longevity is likely to result in significant increases in the number of individuals with the disease.

Now a study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that a new manufactured form of insulin delivered in a nasal spray shows potential for improving working memory and mental abilities in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Short-term ability to retain and process verbal and visual information improved in patients who received insulin detemir. Findings have raised researchers’ hopes of further developing an efficacious treatment.

In addition to reading our e-newsletter, be sure to visit Today’s Geriatric Medicine’s website at, where you’ll find news and information that’s relevant and reliable. We welcome your feedback at Follow Today’s Geriatric Medicine on Facebook and Twitter, too.

— Barbara Worthington, editor
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New Treatment for Mild Cognitive Impairment?

A manmade form of insulin delivered via nasal spray may improve working memory and other mental capabilities in adults with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease dementia, according to a pilot study led by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The study’s subjects were 60 adults diagnosed with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia (AD). Those who received nasally administered 40 international unit (IU) doses of insulin detemir, a manufactured form of the hormone, for 21 days showed significant improvement in their short-term ability to retain and process verbal and visual information compared with those who received 20 IU doses or a placebo.

Additionally, the recipients of the 40 IU doses who carry the APOE-e4 gene, known to increase the risk for Alzheimer’s, recorded significantly higher memory scores than those who received the lower dosage or placebo, while noncarriers across all three groups posted significantly lower scores.

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