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Before you get to the room with the eyeballs, there's nothing too intimidating about the laboratory in which Keith Del Villar works. On the third floor of McKibben Annex at the USC Medical School, it seems, at least to the layperson, a pretty standard scientist's lair. Shelves of beakers and bottles and test tubes, droppers and slides and laboratory film, rubber gloves and stacks of paper threatening to spill over.
March 10, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
For the first time, a test that detects 10 types of lipids, or fats, circulating in a person's blood has been shown to predict accurately whether he or she will develop the memory loss and mental decline of Alzheimer's disease over the next two to three years. A screening test based on the findings could be available in as little as two years, said the researchers who identified the blood biomarkers. The effort to identify predictors of Alzheimer's disease that are reliable, easy and inexpensive to detect was described Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine.
January 29, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Mary Todd Andrews, 86, an actress and the widow of screen star Dana Andrews, died Jan. 17 in Palm Springs of Alzheimer's disease. Born and reared in Santa Monica, she studied acting and became a leading comedic actress and ingenue at the Pasadena Playhouse in the 1930s. There she met the recently widowed Andrews, who had hitchhiked from Houston and was studying to become an actor. They were married in 1939 at the home of her parents, the J.W.
February 26, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Seth Rogen visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday not to discuss the legalization of marijuana, nor to shoot the third season of Netflix's "House of Cards . " No, Mr. Rogen went to Washington to make a case for Alzheimer's disease research. Yeah, we're just as surprised as you are. The "This Is the End" star, 31, who serves as an Alzheimer's Assn. celebrity champion, addressed a Senate committee about the neurodegenerative disorder and opened up about the plight of his mother-in-law, Adele, his authenticity punctuated with self-deprecating humor during a hearing about the rising cost of Alzheimer's.
February 2, 1995
Re "Not to Twilight, but to Midnight," Commentary, Jan. 25: For those of us who have family members suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the piece by Jenijoy La Belle is a poignant and insightful look into the tragedy befalling the victims of this terrible malady. My mother has suffered from Alzheimer's for almost 10 years now and has deteriorated to the point that she no longer speaks or responds to friends or family. As La Belle writes, it is the memories that are the life of a person and when you take away the memories you take away the life.
August 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Research into the cause of Alzheimer's disease has for the first time identified a possible link with bacterial infection, health experts said. The bacteria, chlamydia pneumoniae, a known cause of common respiratory ailments, was found in the brains of 17 of 19 Alzheimer patients examined by a team of university biologists.
July 24, 1986 | NANCY GRAHAM, Times Staff Writer
A new center to help victims of Alzheimer's disease and their families opens today at the Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center, 1530 Wilshire Blvd. The center, which is operated by the Westside Independent Services to the Elderly, is a pilot project funded partially by a grant from the state Department of Aging. Space for the center is provided by Santa Monica Hospital for a rental fee of $1 a year, according to center spokesman Myra Taylor.
December 30, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Well before signs of dementia trigger a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, a person's cholesterol levels may be a bellwether of amyloid plaque build-up in the brain, a new study finds. Long considered a reliable predictor of heart attacks and strokes, worrisome cholesterol levels may now raise concerns about dementia risk as well, prompting more aggressive use of drugs, including statins, that alter cholesterol levels. The current study does "not convincingly exclude the possibility" that taking statins might lower amyloid deposition, the researchers said.
December 26, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Elderly people who have both mild cognitive impairment and a history of serious concussion showed higher amounts of the protein deposits associated with Alzheimer's disease , according to a new study. The results, published Thursday in the journal Neurology, suggest a potential link between a history of head trauma and later cognitive decline. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., enlisted 589 elderly residents of surrounding Olmsted County, beginning in 2004, and administered a battery of cognitive and memory tests, along with brain scans that reveal both structure and metabolic function.
December 2, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Los Angeles County's mortality rate dropped 19% between 2001 and 2010, according to a new report from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Data compiled for the report , which was released Monday, showed that death rates due to coronary heart disease fell 37% over that decade. Death rates due to stroke fell 35%. One ailment that bucked the trend was Alzheimer's disease, which saw death rates double, a sign of the aging population as well as increased awareness of the condition, the report noted.
September 20, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
The mounting problem of caring for an aging population isn't unique to the U.S., according to a new report from the coalition Alzheimer's Disease International. Around the world, about 101 million people ages 60 and older need special care today. By 2050, that number will increase to 277 million, report author and King's College London psychiatrist Dr. Martin Prince and collaborators wrote, noting that most long-term care for the elderly is targeted at patients who suffer from dementia -- and that those patients present a particularly difficult challenge for the care system.
August 19, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
New research finds that copper in amounts readily found in our drinking water, the foods we eat and the vitamin supplements we take likely plays a key role in initiating and fueling the abnormal protein build-up and brain inflammation that are hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. While the mineral is important to healthy nerve conduction, hormone secretion and the growth of bones and connective tissue, a team of researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center suggested that too much of it may be a bad thing, and they set about to explore copper's dark side.
August 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Too often when veteran artists revisit career-defining hits late in life it's more of a marketing move than an artistic exploration. Not in this case. Since revealing two years ago that he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the singer-guitarist and former TV show host released his well-received "Ghost on the Canvas" album and went on the road one last time for a farewell tour. Recently his family revealed that his disease has progressed to the point where he can no longer perform.
July 17, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The “senior moments” of unreliable memory may be a scientifically valid way to predict Alzheimer's disease, after all. Alzheimer's disease experts gathered at an international conference in Boston this week have a fancy name for that sense that your noggin' is just not ticking like the old days - subjective cognitive impairment. Studies in the last few years have been trying to bridge a divide between the anecdotal evidence of memory decline and objective, measureable signs, such as atrophy of certain brain regions evident through imaging devices, genetic anomalies on a cellular level, and other clinical tests.
March 15, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
For seniors and their families, Alzheimer's disease and its hefty price tag are an increasingly scary prospect. About 5.4 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer's disease, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Because of growing life expectancies and aging baby boomers, that number is expected to triple by 2050. Alayna Tillman's mother and aunt both have Alzheimer's disease and live with Tillman, her husband and two sons in Lake View Terrace. Tillman says Medicare pays for many of the medical costs her mom and aunt incur.
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