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A compound known to be nontoxic for humans may prove effective in treating depression within hours rather than over a period of weeks or months, as is the case with currently available medications. Researchers believe it may hold the key to developing a new class of fast-acting antidepressants that target a new network of proteins.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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New Type of Antidepressant
Acts Quickly in Mice

The compound CGP3466B, already proven nontoxic for people, may effectively and rapidly treat depression, according to results of a recent study in mice.

The Johns Hopkins Medicine neuroscientists who conducted the research say that the compound, previously shown to block cocaine craving in the brains of rodents, delivers antidepressant effects to mice within hours instead of weeks or months as do other currently available antidepressants. The results of the study were summarized January 12 online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

“One of the promising things about CGP3466B is that it targets a new network of proteins,” says Solomon Snyder, MD, a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “That means it may work in patients who are unresponsive to other types of drugs, and it lays the foundation for the development of a new class of fast-acting antidepressants that target the same network.”

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as Good as Older Ones

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Geriatrics Consult With Rosemary Laird, MD
Cross Train Your Brain

For the last few years, the most popular choice when I hit the speaking circuit is my “Cross Train Your Brain” talk. As the world gets older, and more of us are exposed to a loved one or acquaintance touched by dementia, fear of developing the dreaded condition is on the rise.

In 2014, a company in the United Kingdom ( polled individuals to determine which diseases they feared developing the most. Dementia topped the list, followed by cancer and then lastly heart disease.1

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ASA Conference Preview
Learn and Connect at the Annual Aging in America Conference
By Heather Hogstrom

The American Society on Aging (ASA) Aging in America Conference will be held March 20 to 24 in Washington, D.C., which boasts many iconic sites, from the White House and Capitol Building to the Washington Monument. For those wishing to do some sightseeing upon arriving in our nation’s capitol, attendees can preregister for Sunday’s guided coach bus tours. The morning tour will feature D.C.’s memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial, while the evening tour will show off the city’s monuments lit up at night and finish with dinner at an Italian restaurant. Attendees can also take the opportunity to see how two locations are serving the needs of the community by visiting Iona Senior Services or the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Inter-Generational Center.

Washington, D.C. is the perfect setting for a discussion on politics, and with the election approaching there are many questions to be answered regarding policy. The “2016 Panel of Pundits” will cover topics relevant to health care and older adults. Another session, “Patient Centered Care: Translating Patients’ Wishes Into Federal and State Policy,” will provide thoughts from patients and caregivers about their end-of-life care while providing information about current legislation and new policy ideas.

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