Today's Top Alzheimer's News

The impact of Alzheimer's on families, the Today Show explores the link between Alzheimer's and Down syndrome, and an NPR interviewer with Yale Alzheimer's researcher Stephen Strittmatter (read more). 

 

Must reads

  • A September 8, 2013 Sacramento Bee (CA) article focused on one family's struggle with Alzheimer's. According to the article, "Last November, a few days before Thanksgiving, doctors at the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center analyzed the positron emission tomography scan that Claire had insisted on for her husband: He had Alzheimer's disease. In just a few years' time, David Schooley has gone from breadwinner, a level-headed man who could fix anything, to a stay-at-home dad on Social Security disability payments who can't work any more."
  • A September 7, 2013 DesMoines Register article reported on the impact of early-onset Alzheimer's on John and Cindy Sandblom. According to Cindy, "I think everybody needs to realize this is not just a disease for your grandparents. We were not grandparents when John was diagnosed with this disease. I now make decisions for him that I expected to make for my parents. Looking for nursing homes and in-home care, all of the things I expected to be doing for my parents at this age I am doing for my husband."

 Research and science 

  • A September 6, 2013 NBC Today show video segment and article focused on the link between Alzheimer's and Down syndrome. According to the article, "Scientists have known for decades that people with Down syndrome were at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, but they didn’t know why. Some researchers now believe that understanding the connection between the two conditions might help us unravel the Alzheimer’s puzzle and point towards therapies that might slow, or even halt, the dreaded disease." Video included. 
  • A September 6, 2013 NPR interview with researcher Stephen Strittmatter reported that a protein called mGlu5 may play a role in nerve cell death in Alzheimer's disease. 

 

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