Today's Top Alzheimer's News
A November 27, 2019 WUSA 9 broadcast segment spoke with UsAgainstAlzheimer’s advocate Kathy Siggins about her work on the Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp, which raised more than a million dollars for AD research. There is a proposed bill to keep the stamp on the market. Siggins’ husband, Gene, died with Alzheimer’s disease, and she continues to work in his honor. “He’s there all the time. He’s still with me. He’s my driving force,” she said. Siggins is a member of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, a UsA2 network.
A December 1, 2019 The New York Times opinion piece by NYT Editorial Board Member Jeneen Interlandi relied on her personal experience with her dad’s Alzheimer’s disease. She wrote of the indignities and lack of preparedness of our current healthcare system to deal with the growing AD crisis. Interlandi tried to comfort her niece after a frightening episode where her father disappeared from the family home, ““It’s O.K.,” I told my niece, who was still upset when she recounted the story over FaceTime. “He’s O.K. You’re O.K. We’re all O.K.” As I said that, I realized it was only partly true. We are terrified, and bone-tired, and filled with love. We are tormented by the ticking clock. And we are zigging and zagging relentlessly, in search of what’s right in front of us.”
RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
A December 2, 2019 Yahoo! Finance article announced that Alzheon will present a scientific poster at this week’s CTAD, “APOE4/4 Subjects with Early Alzheimer’s Disease Show Accelerated Loss of Cortical Thickness and Cognitive Decline Compared to APOE3/3 Subjects.” According to the article, “The rate of cortical thickness loss was shown to be significantly higher in Early AD patients with the APOE4/4 genotype. Cortical thickness loss also showed significant correlation to cognitive decline at the MCI stage. Therefore, cortical thinning could be a valuable imaging biomarker in future trials of APOE4/4 subjects who are at risk of early disease progression.”
A November 27, 2019 ABC 7 NY broadcast segment celebrated the work of 12-year old Hailey Richman, who was featured in Marvel Entertainment's “Hero Project” and received her own Marvel comic book for her heroic work as an Alzheimer’s advocate. Hailey, who works in honor of her grandmother who has AD, runs her own non-profit, Kid Caregivers, and blogs about being a young caregiver. “I want to make my organization bigger. Maybe I want to have meet-and-greets where we can all talk together, a group of children who are dealing with the same thing and we can give each other advice in person,” she said.