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Brush your teeth -- postpone Alzheimer's | EurekAlert! Science News
Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway have discovered a clear connection between oral health and Alzheimer´s disease.
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yesterday by geetarista
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An estimated 5.7 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease—the most common type of dementia—and that number is expected to more than double by 2050. Early diagnosis is crucial for patients to benefit from the few therapies available. via Pocket
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15 days ago by eemorningwood
Now and then
Then along came Randi Roberts, who had been my student, and was now a teacher at the school. Randi used to have so much respect for me. I influenced her study of art history, and she pursued graduate study in this subject at Sotheby’s in London. Years ago she wrote a wonderful  article about me and my film work for a local magazine. Now all I could see in her face as I told her about my diagnosis was reticence, embarrassment and pity. I asked her if she wanted to read my blog and she entered her email address on my iPhone, and I sent it to her. I have no idea if she has bothered to read it, or if she will see this, but if she does, I want her to know that the disease has caused my decline and I am still here inside this broken brain and body fighting it, even while it affects everything and makes me seem odd.  It has caused me to lose my confidence and stripped me of my strength. It is tragic and no one deserves to have this happen to them. I want to be remembered for the good I did, the positive influence I had. As they walked away I realized the thing I feared most was them seeing me in this condition. I feared stumbling over my words or stuttering. I was afraid of them seeing how changed my appearance is. Theresa quickly commended me for how well I handled myself, and we continued walking.
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17 days ago by terry
The to overcome disease and other forms of requires diverse ideas, skills, and resou…
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4 weeks ago by tolkien
Pfizer Reportedly Kept Quiet After Discovering One Of Their Drugs Could Help Prevent Alzheimer's
In 2015, drug manufacturer Pfizer discovered that one of their drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis could significantly lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Pfizer sat on that information and did nothing about it.

According to an explosive investigative report by The Washington Post, Pfizer deliberately chose not to pursue further research after finding out that their anti-inflammatory drug Enbrel (etanercept) could reduce Alzheimer's by 64%.

The Post obtained company documents that stated:

"Enbrel could potentially safely prevent, treat and slow progression of Alzheimer's disease."

So why would Pfizer withhold such potentially life-changing information?

It all boils down to exorbitant cost.

A clinical trial to determine Enbrel's effect on those at risk of Alzheimer's could cost upwards of $80 million.

Another speculation for the drug company's decision to forgo with a trial has to do with Enbrel's now-expired 20-year patent.
pharmaceuticals  capitalism  alzheimers 
5 weeks ago by campylobacter
A Missed Alzheimer’s Opportunity? Not So Much | In the Pipeline
Now, it’s worth remembering that all of those amyloid-antibody trials have ended in grievous, expensive failures – every single one, apparently because targeting beta-amyloid is not exactly the road to success that people had hoped
alzheimers  drugs  science 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
Broken with a cup of nostalgia
Last Friday my husband drove us to Rubin, and as I entered the cafe where we meet, I saw two new faces. I went over and introduced myself to Stuart and Marianne. Stuart explained that Marianne is 66 and was diagnosed with Frontotemperal Dementia five years ago. She is mute. No words at all. She is physically active, and gets up and paces sporadically. Stuart explained that she is unaware. Does this mean she does not know what has happened to her? Does she not know she can’t speak? That condition is the polar opposite of me. I am hyper aware. Aware of how difficult it is for me to exist in this physical realm. Aware of imbalance when I walk. Aware that every physical transition needs to be planned. Aware that I talk to myself and give myself directions to get through my routines. Aware that my rants contain babbling that makes no sense. Aware that my body is breaking down along with my shrinking brain. Aware that my behaviors and moods are more than not, out of control. Aware of how afraid I am.
alzheimers  health  mentalhealth  dementia 
5 weeks ago by terry

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