Neurological Disorders

  • Report

    RAND Review: September-October 2015

    This issue of RAND Review reports on the staggering costs of dementia in the United States; the most critical global choices and challenges the next U.S. president will likely face; tips to protect the health of kids heading back to school; and more.

    Aug 21, 2015

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    Essay

    Struggling with Dementia

    The costs of dementia are staggering. A recent RAND analysis quantifies the scope of the problem in the United States and serves as a wake-up call to policymakers everywhere.

    Aug 10, 2015

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    Project

    Learning from Medical Breakthroughs to Improve Treatment for Dementia

    Aiming to better understand the contexts that have contributed to breakthroughs in treatment, this RAND Europe project analysed breakthroughs in four conditions of ill health and sought to identify potentially transferable lessons for the dementia context.

    Aug 4, 2015

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    Report

    Learning from Medical Breakthroughs to Improve Treatment for Dementia

    Medical breakthroughs have enabled the effective treatment of some conditions, like certain cancers and HIV, transforming them from fatal into manageable. Better understanding of the particular social, economic, political, legislative, and scientific contexts that have contributed to accelerating progress in treatments could inform dementia research.

    Aug 4, 2015

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    Journal Article

    Differences in Home- and Community-Based Services Waivers for Children with Autism

    Though increasingly common, Medicaid waivers that enable home- and community-based services for children with autism spectrum disorders vary widely in terms of the specific disorders they target and the services they cover, and little is known about the characteristics of programs that improve access to care and clinical outcomes.

    Jun 23, 2015

  • Journal Article

    Dementia Care Management in an Underserved Community: The Comparative Effectiveness of Two Different Approaches

    Compares the effectiveness and costs of telephone-only approach to in-person plus telephone for delivering an evidence-based, coordinated care management program for dementia.

    Feb 19, 2015

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    Project

    Mapping the UK’s Dementia Research Landscape and Workforce Capacity

    The number of people with dementia worldwide is predicted to rise from 36 million in 2010 to 115m in 2050. The need for treatment, prevention, better care, and greater scientific understanding of this condition is urgent. The Alzheimer’s Society has commissioned RAND Europe to analyse the UK’s dementia research landscape and workforce capacity. The evidence base from this research should help inform research funding and capacity-building efforts.

    Dec 5, 2014

  • Multimedia

    Cognitive Aging, Neuropathology, and Resilience

    Session from the 21st Annual RAND Summer Institute, held July 7-11, 2014, in Santa Monica, CA, addressing critical issues facing our aging population.

    Sep 8, 2014

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    Commentary

    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.

    Aug 25, 2014

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    Research Brief

    California's Vaccine Bill Is Now Law

    California now has one of the strictest vaccination laws in the country. Signing the bill, Governor Jerry Brown said that “the science is clear.” RAND research shows that vaccines administered to children are extremely safe.

    Aug 8, 2014

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    Blog

    Summer Reading for Congress

    No matter how policymakers spend their break—meeting with home-state constituents, traveling abroad with congressional delegations, or spending time with family—this summer reading list contains policy ideas that can help them hit the ground running when they return.

    Jul 31, 2014

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    Commentary

    Demographics Add Urgency for Action on Dementia Long-Term Care

    Dementia takes a huge toll on those afflicted with it but also has major consequences for those who must care for them. More than 15 million Americans provide care for loved ones with dementia—tending to their daily, routine needs and ensuring their medical needs are met.

    Jul 28, 2014

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    Commentary

    Parallel Caregiver Crises, Military and Civilian

    Among American caregivers, there are two expanding populations: those caring for military servicemembers struggling with physical or emotional wounds of war and those looking after people with dementia. Both face incalculable financial stresses and threats to their own health as a result of their caregiving roles.

    Jul 9, 2014

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    Journal Article

    Child Vaccines Have Low Risk of Harmful Side Effects

    Concerns about vaccine safety have led some parents to decline recommended vaccination of their children, leading to the resurgence of diseases. Harmful side effects are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.

    Jul 2, 2014

  • News Release

    Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: RAND Offers Policy Blueprint to Assist Millions

    As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring numbers of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers.

    Jun 23, 2014

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    Project

    Dementia Blueprint

    Annual costs of dementia exceed those of cancer and heart disease and will only continue to rise as the nation's population ages. Key policy options can help strengthen and improve long-term services and supports for those with dementia and their caregivers.

    Jun 23, 2014

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    Research Brief

    What Can Be Done About Dementia?

    Policy options to improve dementia long-term care include those that increase public awareness and promote earlier detection, improve access to and quality of services, increase support to family caregivers, and reduce the cost burden.

    Jun 23, 2014

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    Report

    Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: A Policy Blueprint

    As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring number of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers.

    Jun 23, 2014

  • Report

    Dementia's Mounting Toll on the U.S. Economy

    Dementia costs Americans hundreds of billions of dollars per year, and the annual cost could top half a trillion by 2040 due to the 'graying' of the U.S. population.

    May 27, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Depressive Symptoms and Longitudinal Changes in Cognition: Women's Health Initiative Study of Cognitive Aging

    Elevated depressive symptoms (DS) are associated with incident mild cognitive impairment and probable dementia in postmenopausal women.

    May 19, 2014

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