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Veterans and footballers likely to develop dementia.

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM Comments comments (3)
New study reveals that the brains of veterans are very similar to football players; both groups are likely to suffer from dementia or alzheimer's at higher rates than others.  This study which was printed in the New York Times today shows that repeated blows to the brain physically by footballers has the same negative end result as veterans who witness high volumes of traumatic events such as death.  
 
Given this grim revelation, is the VA and the NFL doing enough to address this health concern by ensuring added preventative measures are established for veterans and players?  Those of us whose families and friends are impacted by dementia and alzheimer's must voice our discontent with the VA and NFL by calling for organizations like the Alzheimer's Association to make evidence-based recommendations.
 
More research needs to be done with outcome measures aimed at reducing dementia rates  for our veterans and football players - they  deserve our support.

Mild Cognitive Impairment - early stage of Alzheimer's

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM Comments comments (0)
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) - first sign of Alzheimer Disease
 
 
New research from Johns Hopkins shows that there is a pre-clinical stage of Alzheimer's disease where individuals who are experiencing difficulty with memory recall may be in the very early stages of the disease.  At times individuals may not show symptoms or may show very mild symptoms.
 
This will double the number of people considered to have the disease.  Note, that dementia brought on by other medical conditions is not considered alzheimer's related. 
 
More to come...

New genetic findings in Alzheimer's disease

Posted on April 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM Comments comments (4)
 
What a hopeful article on the new discoveries in alzheimer's disease research!  Genetic scientist have discovered 5 new ways for detecting the disease bringing it to a total of 10 genetic markers.  While this has not yet resulted in a cure, it is certainly good news for those who have close ties to seniors and young people suffering from this disease.  Three theories generated from these findings point to:
 
1.  Plagues that develop on the brain
2.  Innate Immunity where the system attacks itsel
3.  Cholesterol metabolism
 
 
 

When Alzheimer's becomes violent

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM Comments comments (0)
 
Read this interesting article above on indicators for when alzheimer's disease can be detrimental to the individual as well as family and friends.  Note, this violent stage may be extensive and last well over a year.  Remember, when these situations occur:
 
-  To remain calm and apologetic 
-  Redirect and/or distract the individual
-  Get help or call 911