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May 15, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
Asserting "we are at an exceptional moment" in the hunt for an Alzheimer'sdiseasetreatment, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins on Tuesday promised a raft of new research aimed at stopping and reversing the memory-robbing disorder by the year 2025. In unveiling a first-ever "national strategy" on Alzheimer's disease, Collins launched several new projects and clinical trials--including a whole-genome sequencing effort to identify genes that confer vulnerability to--or protection against-- Alzheimer's, and a trial to explore whether an inhaled form of insulin will slow progression of the disease.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2001
George Carroll Schrader, a retired dairy worker, died Monday at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. He was 82. He was born Jan. 28, 1919, in Lincoln, Neb., and graduated from high school there. He began working for Meadow Gold Dairy in Lincoln after high school. Schrader met his future wife, Clarice Miller, when they were in the ninth grade, and the couple married on March 2, 1940. They moved to Ventura in 1947 and he took a job with Valentine Dairy.
HEALTH
July 28, 2008 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
For PEOPLE already diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, waiting for research breakthroughs is disheartening. But life can still be lived with hope, says Wantland J. Smith, 69, a retired architect who was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's at age 66. Smith, of Los Angeles, takes medications to treat his symptoms, attends support-group meetings and even does volunteer advocacy work for the Alzheimer's Assn. in Los Angeles. However, his best therapy, he says, is traveling with his wife, playing a guitar, attending music camps, singing in a choir, reading and meditation.
HEALTH
April 25, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
For the first time in 27 years, health authorities have expanded the definition of Alzheimer's disease. The change, announced last week by the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer's Assn., is intended to help doctors diagnose patients in the very early stages of the neurological disorder, including those who have yet to develop any outward symptoms. The new approach could ultimately help millions of older Americans spend more years with their mental faculties intact. By the time a patient becomes demented, it is "too late" for medications to be of any help, says William H. Thies, chief scientific and medical officer of the Alzheimer's Assn.
NEWS
March 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
An estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease. That leads to … 14.9 million unpaid caregivers, $183 billion in annual costs. So begins the latest report from the Alzheimer's Assn. The report, 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures , sheds more light on the toll the disease takes on not just patients but caregivers. "Unpaid caregivers are primarily family members, but they also include other relatives and friends," the report says.
NEWS
August 3, 1997
Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease of the brain in which nerve cells stop communicating with one another, damaging the centers affecting memory, speech and personality. Parts of the brain that control other functions, such as heartbeat and breathing, often remain intact. Although scientists believe the disease can start decades before symptoms do, patients may live with the disease five to 20 years after its diagnosis. In fact, says the Alzheimer's Assn.
HEALTH
August 17, 2009 | Jill U. Adams
People may be able to reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to two recently published studies that are the latest in a long line of research. But does that hold for everyone? And by how much can you lower the risk? Here's a look at the facts. Alzheimer's afflicts 5.3 million Americans and that number is predicted to grow to nearly 8 million in the next 20 years, according to a 2009 report by the Alzheimer's Assn. Because the disease has no cure, medical researchers continue to focus on preventing or delaying the disease.
HEALTH
February 6, 2012
The Alzheimer's Assn. has compiled a list of 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's and how they differ from mental glitches that shouldn't faze you. They include: Memory loss that disrupts daily life. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. Confusion with time or place. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. New problems with words in speaking or writing. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
NEWS
August 23, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Pat Summitt says she has early onset dementia -- Alzheimer's type -- but isn't going to let that keep her from what she loves doing: coaching women's basketball at the University of Tennessee. In a heartfelt interview with the Washington Post, the winningest coach in college basketball explained that she had received the diagnosis but that it took her a while to accept it.  Early-onset Alzheimer's can be a difficult diagnosis to face. It sets in well before the age of 65, the Mayo Clinic explains, the typical lower limit for standard Alzheimer's disease, and thus affects people when they're still in their prime, often with elderly parents or young children to care for as well.
NEWS
February 6, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Some people with mild Alzheimer's may be reclassified as having a less serious brain disease called mild cognitive impairment, according to a new analysis of the evolving terminology. Last year, a work group convened by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Assn., issued revised criteria for diagnosing mild cognitive impairment. According to this new definition, people with mild cognitive impairment still have "functional independence" and no dementia. However, a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis sought to evaluate the impact of the revised criteria.
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