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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.
November 21, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
As a drug, marijuana has certain effects and, depending on why you're taking it, some side effects. And not everyone wants the whole package. New research finds that for patients who consider weed's buzz an unwanted side effect, the answer might be as simple as taking an ibuprofen with their tetrahydrocannibinol (or THC). A study published Thursday in the journal Cell both demonstrates and explains why common anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen and the prescription analgesics indomethacin and celecoxib (marketed as Celebrex)
October 4, 2013 | By Tanya Ward Goodman
My dad was still alive when my stepmother, Carla, called to tell me she was thinking of going on a date with another man. "Do you think it would be all right?" she asked. And then she burst into tears. Since my father's diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer's, we'd been crying on and off for nearly four years and had become expert at the efficient release of emotion. I rubbed the heel of my hand across my own wet eyes. "Of course it would be all right. " The answer came out quickly because it was true.
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.
September 19, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Heartbreaking, haunting and unexpectedly heartening, "First Cousin Once Removed" is an uncommonly moving documentary portrait of a mind in disarray. Its unblinking look at a once-formidable intelligence descending into the abyss of Alzheimer's succeeds because of a fusion of subject and filmmaker that is transcendent. That filmmaker would be Alan Berliner, whose decades of intensely personal essay-type films such as "Wide Awake," "Nobody's Business" and "Intimate Strangers" have been the perfect preparation for this artful, poetic piece of work.
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.
August 10, 2013
Re "Poor memory? Forget it," Opinion, Aug. 8 I appreciate that a younger person like Max Perry can relate to the fears of us oldsters that any little memory lapse might mean the onset of Alzheimer's disease. But he should also be taking this issue seriously, as it could well impact his future in ways that will be no joke. Without a cure, Alzheimer's will gobble up resources at an alarming rate in the next 30 years. We lack capacity in caregiving, medical and social services to care for all those affected now. What will happen when this disease affects three times as many people?
July 18, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his latest health initiative this week: He's banning elevators! OK, not really. But he did say he was planning to introduce legislation that would inspire New Yorkers to take the stairs by making staircases in buildings more accessible. As with all of Bloomberg's noble health-conscious initiatives, which have included banning trans-fats and trying to curb super-sized, nutrition-less sodas, the announcement was met with a contingent of eye-rolls.
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.
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