With guest editors Drs. Montero-Odasso and George Perry

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and Saturday, September 21 was World Alzheimer’s Day. 

In recognition, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has published an open access, special issue that will be available to everyone for the first two weeks of publication. 

Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso, Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, has edited and led the special issue focusing on gait disorders and dementia. 

Donepezil is associated with a two-fold higher risk of hospital admission for rhabdomyolysis. 

LHSC: Victoria Hospital - 

A new study has found that a drug commonly used to manage symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias — donepezil — is associated with a two-fold higher risk of hospital admission for rhabdomyolysis, a painful condition of muscle breakdown, compared to similar medications.

Dementia is a growing problem in our aging society, with almost 10 million patients worldwide given a new diagnosis each year. 

Air pollution

London researchers are studying whether long-term exposure to air pollution and city noise increase a person’s risk of developing epilepsy.

LHSC: University Hospital - 

Epilepsy, a neurological disorder in which patients experience recurring seizures, can develop from a number of causes. Genetics plays a role in some cases while some develop as a result of conditions like stroke, tumours or head trauma.