Today's Top Alzheimer's News

Katie Couric raises Alzheimer's awareness and the impact of sequestration on Alzheimer's research and care (read more).     

 

 

Must reads and watch 

  • An October 2, 2013 KatieCouric.com post featured several clips focused on Alzheimer's awareness and prevention. According to the post, "Most people think Alzheimer’s affects only those in the twilight of their lives, but Sandy was diagnosed with it at the young age of 46. Tune in Wednesday to hear how she and her husband are coping with the disease, and to get exercises to boost your memory." 
  • An October 2, 2013 CBS News article reported that "A trip to the intensive care unit for a serious illness may result in Alzheimer's-like symptoms for a year or longer after leaving the hospital." According to the article, "Researchers at Vanderbilt University studied hundreds of patients from the time they entered the ICU to 12 months after they were discharged, and found 75 percent of them left the hospital with a cognitive problem. One in three left with cognitive troubles similar to what's seen in patients with Alzheimer's."

 Sequestration 

  • An October 2, 2013 Atlantic article reported on the "serious consequences" of the government shutdown and sequestration on medical research. According to the article, "Sequestration was painful enough for the medical research community. As a result of the budget cuts, the life sciences are projected to lose 20,500 jobs this year. NIH’s fiscal 2013 budget fell by $1.71 billion, or 5.5 percent. “That’s the size of my whole budget for a year,” said Dr. Story Landis, referring to the $1.6 billion budget she oversees as Director of the Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke...The importance of funding research to cure cancer, prevent heart disease and fight horrible conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s is a rare point of agreement among the overwhelming majority of Americans and, even more rare, Congress. A recent Research America poll showed a majority of Americans, 83 percent, believe that investing in medical research is important for the US economy."
  • An October 3, 2013 Sacramento Bee (CA) article reported on the impact of the government shutdown on California, including cuts to Alzheimer's research. According to the article, "Similarly, almost $1 million in research grants for UC Davis’ Alzheimer’s Disease Center are on hold because of the shutdown, said Jayne LaGrande, the center’s chief administrative officer, and the center is not enrolling new patients for research.“I had someone in Placerville concerned that her husband has Alzheimer’s disease,” said LaGrande. “I told her, ‘An alternative will be if we did a research appointment for you.’“The next day, I had to let her know we’re not enrolling any new research subjects. We’ve stopped. We can’t do anything.”"

 

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