April 15, 1991 |
An important clue to the cause of memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by researchers at City of Hope in Duarte. Biochemist Eugene Roberts and his City of Hope colleagues report today in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that injections of fragments of a brain protein called beta-amyloid into the brains of mice cause the animals to forget tasks they have just learned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1990 |
At 94, Rose Williams suffers from Alzheimer's disease, which wreaks havoc with her memory. But she nevertheless recalls growing up in Texas with 10 siblings and a determination to go to college. "I had to chop cotton and pick cotton and everything, but I didn't plow," Williamssaid. "I didn't want anything to do with farming. I wouldn't have married a farmer ifhe was made of gold." Now, just having a hand to hold and someone to talk to about those times makes Williamshappy.
November 1, 1987 |
'Although we don't know much, it's a lot compared to what we didn't know 10 or 15 years ago.'--Dr. David Drachman Dr. David Drachman always includes a caveat when discussing Alzheimer's disease. "This is a tough disease," said Drachman, head of neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and chairman of the scientific advisory committee for the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Assn. "I believe a treatment may be available for the next generation," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1994 |
For much of her life, Sadie had it all: good health, a fine home, a family that adored her. But with old age came senility, robbing her, bit by bit, of her personality. Once known for her hearty appetite, she picked at her food, sometimes wandering off in the middle of a meal. She began getting lost in the only home she'd ever known. A lifelong extrovert, she sat for hours staring at the wall. Test after test came back normal. But the signs were all there: memory loss, confusion, inappropriate outbursts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1995 |
About 150,000 people in the Los Angeles area are afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, a dementia that can cause memory lapses and loss in mostly elderly patients, according to the national Alzheimer's Assn. "Every one of those persons is a potential wanderer," said Karen Jacobsen, director of the association's western region branch and chief of the local Safe Return program, aimed at tracking Alzheimer's patients who wander from their homes and speeding their safe return.
July 23, 1994 |
People with below-average head size have as much as 18 times the normal risk of developing dementia caused by Alzheimer's and other diseases, Washington state researchers have found. The findings suggest that such individuals do not have enough brain cells in reserve to offset the loss of cells caused by aging and neurological diseases, said epidemiologist Amy B. Graves of Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories in Seattle.
September 18, 2006 |
In the fall of 1901, a confused, forgetful, disoriented and paranoid 51-year-old woman named Auguste D. was admitted to Germany's Frankfurt Hospital. She was the first documented case of a degenerative disorder that afflicts about 4.5 million people in the U.S. today. And, in the fullness of time, her striking condition would bring lasting recognition to a German doctor, Alois Alzheimer.
August 19, 2002 |
Al Rhodes-Wickett hadn't been acting like himself for quite a while, and his family was worried. When the doctor called one afternoon, his wife, Sharon, disappeared into the privacy of a back bedroom. Their teenage children, Rachel and Ben, feared the worst: Cancer? A brain tumor? The diagnosis: Alzheimer's disease. The kids were stunned. How could their father, a musician and Methodist pastor, have Alzheimer's? He was only 55.
December 13, 2004 |
For almost three years, Janelle Lafser pleaded with doctors to order a PET scan for her husband, Frank. He had been experiencing memory and mood problems -- beginning at age 45 -- and was having trouble in his job as an executive at a paint company. The doctors said he was depressed, but Janelle was unconvinced. She told them that her husband forgot plans the couple had made, misplaced things and found paying bills too confusing.
June 9, 2008 |
What's new: Obesity appears to increase a person's chances of cognitive decline in old age -- but so, paradoxically, does weighing too little for one's height. The finding: People who maintain a healthy weight have a lower risk of dementia compared with those who are underweight or obese, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa, published in the journal Obesity Reviews last month.