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November 11, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The decision by health experts to separate Alzheimer's disease from age-related dementia and deem it potentially curableĀ  "opened a Pandora's box" and may have misdirected research for decades, a team of scientists suggests in a new analysis of the field. Despite great efforts to find treatments to stop or slow progression of the disease, there are only a few medications for Alzheimer's disease and they only help mitigate symptoms, not the disease process. In their paper, published in the December issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease , researchers from the University of South Florida propose that senile dementia, which includes Alzheimer's, is not a distinct disease but can be explained by simple aging along with other risk factors.
July 20, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
At least half of all cases of Alzheimer's disease can be linked to seven major risk factors, and controlling them could sharply reduce the risk of developing the devastating disease, according to researchers from UC San Francisco and the San Francsco VA Medical Center. Leading the list worldwide is lack of education -- specifically not finishing high school -- while living the life of a couch potato is the biggest risk factor in the United States, according to the study presented Tuesday at a Paris meeting of the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and published online in the journal Lancet Neurology.
August 17, 1993 | ANN CONWAY
Russian-born Lily Monrof felt right at home at the "Evening to Remember" gala staged by the Alzheimer's Assn. of Orange County on Saturday night. Themed "From Russia With Love," the event at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre offered a groaning board of Russian comestibles--for starters, blini with caviar, beef stroganoff and semolina pudding with sour cherries--and a concert by the Pacific Symphony that featured works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. Even a "Gorby" look-alike was on hand.
November 25, 1999
Molecular biologists have created a strain of mice that models one of the key features of Alzheimer's disease, the accumulation of "tangles" containing a protein called tau. The tangles, along with another deposit called plaque, are one of the key features of the disease, which affects as many as 4 million Americans. A team from the University of Pennsylvania reports in the November issue of Neuron that it added an extra copy of the tau gene to mice.
December 10, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The diabetes drug Avandia can enhance memory in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease, but only in patients with a certain genetic profile, researchers from GlaxoSmithKline reported Wednesday at a UC San Diego meeting. The finding supports the hypothesis that impaired glucose metabolism may play a role in the onset of the disorder. The study, using about 500 patients, showed that the drug worked only in patients who did not have a gene variant known as ApoE4.
January 31, 2005 | From Reuters
People who have high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes or who smoke in midlife have a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later on, U.S. researchers have found. And the more factors a person has, the higher the risk. People with all four risk factors have more than double the risk of Alzheimer's, reported a team at Kaiser Permanente's division of research in Oakland. "The message is that the risk factors that are bad for the heart are bad for the brain," said Dr.
September 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A government-sponsored trial aimed at seeing if painkillers can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease is not only useless, but dangerous and should be stopped, Public Citizen said. The consumer group, which has lobbied against certain diet pills and other drugs, said the study is using the wrong drugs.
Seated in her recliner in the family room of the Long Beach duplex she shares with her identical twin, 87-year-old Ilene Eddy is reminiscing about their childhood back on the family farm in Iowa. At least she's trying to. Her twin, Irene Peterson, a few feet away in her own recliner with its matching floral chair cover, keeps interrupting. "Irene, be quiet, please!" Ilene says. "I'm trying to give information here."
July 18, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND
Every Sunday morning, I play softball with a bunch of guys at Cheviot Hills Park on the Westside. As teams go, we stink, but our wives and kids always turn out for the games. A couple of Sundays ago, as we warmed up, four strangers appeared on the dugout bleachers: an elderly man and woman and two thirtysomething fellows in jeans and baseball caps. A family enjoying the park, I assumed.
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