HEALTHBEAT The memory gap
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Once we hit middle... Posted on 8/8/11 at 12:37 PM
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Sleep, I have come to conclude is a good thing. I have known that for quite a long time, but it is reiterated in my mind as I move back into my 5:00 AM wake up norm. Over the semester break I stayed... Posted on 1/12/10 at 1:43 AM
The Obama administration declared Alzheimer's one of the country's biggest health challenges on Tuesday, adopting a national strategy that sets the clock ticking toward better treatments by 2025 — along with help for suffering families today.
In a two-part plan announced today, the National Institutes of Health immediately will devote an extra $50 million dementia research, on top of the $450 million a year it currently spends. The boost opens the possibility that at least one stalled study of a possible therapy might get to start soon.
The federal government is setting what it calls an ambitious goal for Alzheimer's disease: Development of effective ways to treat and prevent the mind-destroying illness by 2025. The Obama administration is developing the first National Alzheimer's Plan to find better treatments for the disease and offer better day-to-day care for those afflicted.
The Robina Foundation is funding a multi-year program at the Twin Cities-based Allina Hospitals and Clinics. The program is designed to improve support for patients in the later stages of illnesses such as cancer, heart failure and Alzheimer's.
Hall of Famers Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski are the winningest coaches in women's and men's college basketball. Tennessee's Summitt announced in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, but pledged to continue coaching.
Hennepin County prosecutors say the Rev. Gregory Oats convinced Vernon Rollins, a deacon, to grant him power of attorney over his finances. Family members say Rollins suffers from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
A large study in older veterans raises fresh concern about mild brain injuries that hundreds of thousands of troops have suffered from explosions in recent wars. Even concussions seem to raise the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other dementia later in life, researchers found.
Country music legend Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and plans to put out his final album this summer. Scroll down the article to view Glen Campbell's live performance of "Wichita Lineman" in 2006.
Now 56, Twin Citian John Frei is part of an unusual but growing group: roughly 200,000 Americans under age 65 with young-onset Alzheimer's disease. They represent about 4 percent of the 5.4 million people diagnosed with the progressive brain disease, for which there is no known cure.
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