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  • Senior Advocacy Association, AMAC, Provides an Alzheimer’s Update

    03/02/2019 4:18:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Assocation of Mature American Citizens ^ | February 28, 2019 | John Grimaldi
    WASHINGTON, DC — Alzheimer’s Disease [AD] has an insidiously disproportionate effect on senior citizens and their families. Surveys conducted over the past several years show that a diagnosis of AD sparks terror in the hearts of patients, families and friends, more so than just about any other fatal or chronic illness, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens. In fact, a Marist Poll conducted in 2012 concluded that Alzheimer’s was America’s most feared illness. And, says AMAC, it still is. The association’s president, Dan Weber, says that for patients, perhaps it is “the idea of losing their identity and...
  • Researchers...have shed light on why women are more prone to developing Alzheimer’s

    02/06/2019 1:33:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies ^ | Feb 5 2019 | Sally Robertson, B.Sc.
    A study of 300 elderly individuals who underwent PET (positron emission tomography) scans showed that women are more likely to develop the toxic proteins known to trigger the disease. As reported in the journal JAMA Neurology, the scans revealed that men had fewer of the disease-causing tau and beta-amyloid deposits in their brains than women did. These proteins are present in all grey matter, but when large amounts of them aggregate to form tangles or clumps, this can destroy neurons and lead to memory loss and confusion seen in Alzheimer’s. The study could help to explain why around two-thirds of...
  • We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s — and how to stop it

    01/25/2019 4:47:41 AM PST · by Sarcasm Factory · 91 replies
    New Scientist Ltd. ^ | 23/24 January 2019 | Debora MacKenzie
    If you bled when you brushed your teeth this morning, you might want to get that seen to. We may finally have found the long-elusive cause of Alzheimer’s disease: Porphyromonas gingivalis, the key bacteria in chronic gum disease. That’s bad, as gum disease affects around a third of all people. But the good news is that a drug that blocks the main toxins of P. gingivalis is entering major clinical trials this year, and research published today shows it might stop and even reverse Alzheimer’s. There could even be a vaccine. ....
  • Dr. Siegel:Alzheimer's disease-Why results from a vaccine and a test offer concrete reasons for hope

    01/23/2019 5:19:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2019 | Dr. Marc Siegel
    Today there are new reasons to be hopeful about the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. First, according to research published in Nature Medicine, the disease may be detectable by a blood test 16 years before the onset of symptoms. Such a test, which detects certain proteins that may indicate early stages of the disease, would allow doctors to identify those individuals most at risk of developing it. Second, there is a new Alzheimer’s vaccine known as UB 311, produced by a small company, United Neuroscience, in Dublin, Ireland, that has just delivered promising results in phase two clinical trials in humans....
  • Alzheimer’s could be triggered by medical procedures, study suggests

    12/27/2018 5:34:11 AM PST · by cba123 · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/13/2018 | Sarah Knapton
    The seeds of Alzheimer’s disease can be transmitted through medical procedures, scientists have found, leading experts to call for the monitoring of blood transfusions from the elderly and those with a family history of dementia. In 2015, researchers at University College London discovered that people who developed Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) following treatments with human growth hormone also showed signs of Alzheimer’s in their brains after death. (Please see full article at link)
  • Man Crosses Marathon Finish Line With Mother-in-Law Battling Alzheimer’s

    12/08/2018 8:07:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Runner's World ^ | December 8, 2018 | McGee Nall
    On November 18, 37-year-old José Garcia reached the finish line of the Bakersfield Marathon—but he didn’t cross alone. Before the end, Garcia went up to the sidelines to take hold of his 76-year-old mother-in-law, Odilia Esparza, who is battling late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, so she could finish the race with him. Esparza was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010, and the disease has progressed to the point she can no longer walk, talk, or recognize her family members. But Esparza’s daughter, Daniela, fondly remembers the days before her adopted mother’s illness. While she was not a runner, she was a big believer...

    11/28/2018 2:58:48 PM PST · by sailor76 · 203 replies
    Ann Coulter ^ | November 28, 2018 | Ann Coulter
    TRUMP'S GREAT WALL BECOMES TRUMP'S GREAT STALLNovember 28, 2018 For those of us who were ecstatic the night Donald Trump was elected president, who watch election night videos over and over again, it used to be easy to defend him against the charge that he is just a BS-ing con man who would say anything to get elected. It's getting harder. Trump was our last chance. But he's spent two years not building the wall, not deporting illegals -- "INCREDIBLE KIDS!" -- and not ending the anchor baby scam. Within 10 seconds of Trump's leaving office, there will be no...
  • ‘Landmark study’ shows brain cells revamp their DNA, perhaps sparking Alzheimer’s disease

    11/21/2018 2:41:23 PM PST · by ETL · 10 replies ^ | Nov 21, 2018 | Mitch Leslie
    Unlike most cells in our bodies, the neurons in our brain can scramble their genes, scientists have discovered. This genome tampering may expand the brain’s protein repertoire, but it may also promote Alzheimer’s disease, their study suggests. “It’s potentially one of the biggest discoveries in molecular biology in years,” says Geoffrey Faulkner, a molecular biologist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, who wasn’t connected to the research. “It is a landmark study,” agrees clinical neurologist Christos Proukakis of University College London. Scientists first discovered that certain cells could shuffle and edit DNA in the 1970s. Some immune cells...
  • Justice O'Connor announces she has been diagnosed with dementia, 'probably Alzheimer's'

    10/23/2018 7:46:00 AM PDT · by Borges · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/23/2018 | Ariane de Vogue
    Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor revealed in a letter on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with the "beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer's disease." "I will continue living in Phoenix, Arizona surrounded by dear friends and family," she wrote and added, "While the final chapter of my life with dementia may be trying, nothing has diminished my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless blessings of my life."
  • Ted Turner, billionaire founder of CNN, battling brain disease

    10/01/2018 8:54:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 88 replies
    FOX News ^ | 09/30/2018 | By Stephen Sorace
    Ted Turner, the media mogul and cable news trailblazer, revealed in an interview set to air this weekend that he’s coping with a brain disease known as Lewy body dementia. Turner, 79, opened up to “CBS Sunday Morning” at his 113,000-acre ranch near Bozeman, Mont., saying while his disease isn’t fatal like Alzheimer’s, it leaves him tired, exhausted and, most of all, forgetful. “It’s a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer’s. It’s similar to that. But not nearly as bad. Alzheimer’s is fatal,” Turner told CBS. “Thank goodness I don’t have that. But, I also have got, let’s...
  • Tim Conway, 84, Suffering from Dementia: He's 'Almost Entirely Unresponsive,' Says Daughter

    08/24/2018 7:07:18 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 115 replies
    People ^ | August 24, 2018 | Robyn Merrett
    Tim Conway is battling dementia. The 84-year-old Carol Burnett Show star’s daughter Kelly is asking to be appointed conservator of her father and be in charge of his medical treatments, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE and first reported by The Blast. Kelly, 56, filed the documents in Los Angeles on Friday, claiming Conway’s wife Charlene is “planning to move him out of the excellent skilled nursing facility he is currently at” and place him in one that won’t give him access to “registered nurses at all times and his 24-hour caregiver and speech therapist (to help with swallowing).” Kelly also states...
  • (Personal) Mother Diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer's disease

    07/23/2018 1:31:36 PM PDT · by lyby · 97 replies
    lyby ^ | 07-23-2018 | lyby
    I suppose this is how dementia/Alzheimer's disease progresses... Or is it the medication? Or a combination?
  • Curcumin improves memory and mood, new study says

    01/23/2018 8:35:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 83 replies
    UCLA ^ | Leigh Hopper
      “Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and major depression,” said Dr. Gary Small, director of geriatric psychiatry at UCLA’s Longevity Center and of the geriatric psychiatry division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and the study’s first author. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study involved 40 adults between the ages of 50 and 90 years who had mild memory complaints. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either a placebo or 90 milligrams of curcumin twice...
  • Science Finding Medical Promise In Kitchen Cabinets

    06/11/2008 9:24:36 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 23 replies · 131+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 6/11/2008 | Brie Zeltner
    Science Finding Medical Promise In Kitchen Cabinets By BRIE ZELTNER   Spices lend food wonderful flavors and also impart health benefits. (Photo by Sean Simmers)     [Cleveland, OH] -- In 1993, an eager biochemist at the University of Texas struggled to put the brakes on a protein he had discovered a few years earlier, a protein that can trigger cancers and inflammatory diseases.Bharat Aggarwal knew that the protein, tumor necrosis factor, or TNF, could cause a whole cascade of inflammation in the human body — a very bad thing. He also knew that turmeric, the yellow curry spice, was...
  • Folk Remedy, Food Spice May Fight Cancer (propolis, turmeric)

    06/10/2005 8:55:21 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 90 replies · 8,287+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 10, 2005 | Yahoo News
    FRIDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer researchers have been given a million-dollar grant to investigate the therapeutic value of the folk medicine propolis and the food spice turmeric. The U.S. National Cancer Institute grant is earmarked for the study of the two alternative remedies, each of which has shown promise in reducing risks for breast, prostate and colorectal malignancies, and in enhancing cancer treatment. Propolis and turmeric are rich in plant polyphenolic compounds that exhibit potent antitumor activities, the researchers said. "A very interesting property of these compounds is that they have been shown to cause cell death in...
  • Curry fights prostate cancer, study finds

    01/17/2006 8:41:09 AM PST · by SupplySider · 44 replies · 1,206+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | January 17, 2006 | Jennifer Harper
    Ladies, if you love your man, give him cauliflower curry with a side of kale for dinner. It may stave off prostate cancer, according to research released yesterday by Rutgers University. Though they don't often make the favorite menus of most men, cauliflower and kale -- along with cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, watercress and turnips -- contain a chemical that is a significant cancer-preventive.
  • Ingredient In Yellow Curry Can Reduce Heart Enlargement And May Prevent Heart Failure

    02/22/2008 11:19:18 AM PST · by blam · 81 replies · 1,005+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-22-2008 | University Health Network
    Ingredient In Yellow Curry Can Reduce Heart Enlargement And May Prevent Heart FailureTurmeric. Eating curcumin, a natural ingredient in the spice turmeric, may dramatically reduce the chance of developing heart failure. (Credit: iStockphoto/Nilesh Bhange) ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2008) — Eating curcumin, a natural ingredient in the spice turmeric, may dramatically reduce the chance of developing heart failure, researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the Toronto General Hospital have discovered. In a study entitled, “Curcumin prevents and reverses murine cardiac hypertrophy,” published in the February edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found when the herb is given...
  • 'Holy powder' ingredient makes membranes behave for better health

    03/07/2009 9:15:48 AM PST · by decimon · 40 replies · 973+ views
    University of Michigan ^ | Mar. 6, 2009 | Unknown
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Revered in India as "holy powder," the marigold-colored spice known as turmeric has been used for centuries to treat wounds, infections and other health problems. In recent years, research into the healing powers of turmeric's main ingredient, curcumin, has burgeoned, as its astonishing array of antioxidant, anti-cancer, antibiotic, antiviral and other properties has been revealed. Yet little has been known about exactly how curcumin works inside the body. Now, University of Michigan researchers led by Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy have discovered that curcumin acts as a disciplinarian, inserting itself into cell membranes and making them more orderly, a move that...
  • Compound derived from curry spice is neuroprotective against stroke and traumatic brain injury

    12/15/2010 10:14:26 AM PST · by decimon · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Salk Institute ^ | December 15, 2010 | Unknown
    LA JOLLA, CA--A synthetic derivative of the curry spice turmeric, made by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, dramatically improves the behavioral and molecular deficits seen in animal models of ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Two new studies suggest that the novel compound may have clinical promise for these conditions, which currently lack good therapies. Ischemic stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death of older people in the United States, while TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in both civilians and military personnel under the age...
  • Spice (curry) drug fights stroke damage

    02/13/2011 11:01:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 Feb 2011 | BBC
    A drug derived from the curry spice turmeric may be able to help the body repair some of the damage caused in the immediate aftermath of a stroke. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are preparing to embark on human trials after promising results in rabbits. Their drug reached brain cells and reduced muscle and movement problems. The Stroke Association said it was the "first significant research" suggesting that the compound could aid stroke patients. "This is the first significant research to show that turmeric could be beneficial to stroke patients by encouraging new cells to grow and...