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Scientists Close To Developing Blood Test For Alzheimer's Disease

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So exciting!

Scientists may be FINALLY closing in on a blood test to to screen people for Alzheimer's disease and replace expensive, impractical brain scans.

So far, Australian researchers have reported that an experimental test did a good job of indicating how much of the telltale Alzheimer's plaque lurks in people's brains by correctly identifying 83% of people at risk and correctly ruling out 85% without the condition.

However, the test will need to be proven successful in larger studies in order to become a means of screening people with memory problems for the disease.

Although a few years away, the senior director of medical and scientific relations for the Alzheimer's Association says the positive results of the test "give us hope that we may be able to use a blood test in the near future."

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Sad! Singer Glen Campbell Has Alzheimer's Disease

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Wow. We can't even imagine what is going through his head right now. So many emotions. We feel just awful!

Glen Campbell is an award-winning country pop singer, but his next tour is poised to be his last. This morning, he and his wife Kim announced that Glen has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Glen decided he wanted his fans to be aware of his condition before he went on tour this fall. He said:

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Scottish Scientists Launch New Study To Seek Cure For Forgetfulness

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scottish scientists starting new study to seek cure for forgetfulness

…What were we talking about again???

OH RIGHT! Scottish scientists at Glasgow-based company CPS Research are launching a study to seek a cure for forgetfulness.

Here's what CPS Research's Dr. Alan Wade had to say about it:

"What we are referring to should not be confused with the serious memory loss that is often associated with early onset dementia. This study is aimed at those who are constantly losing their keys, forgetting people's names or misplacing their glasses rather than anything more serious."

In the study, the researchers will test "whether a smaller dose of the Alzheimer's drug memantine can help tamp down a condition they've given the moniker 'Busy Lifestyle Syndrome,' " which they refer to as "a catch-all for the craziness that comes with everyday modern life: tweets, IMs, texts, e-mails."

Very interesting stuff! We should totally hop a plane to Glasgow to see them at work!

…But hopping a plane would require us to drive to the airport…AND we seem to have misplaced our car keys!

We need your help, CPS Research! Please! LOLz.

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Reducing Risk For Alzheimer's Disease

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Exercise prevents alzheimer's

With more than 5.3 million Americans already diagnosed with the brain degenerative Alzheimer's disease, which is expected to double by 2030, it's a completely logical question to ask, "How can we stop it?"

Sadly, there is no magic cure or prevention in the form of a pharmecutical pill, but there are methods of prevention in the form of a healthy lifestyle.

While a recent New York Times' article entitled Years Later, No Magic Bullet Against Alzheimer's Disease leads readers to believe there is nothing to be done to prevent the brain changing illness, board-certified neurologist David Perlmutter is looking to the past to prove otherwise.

Just like wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of dying in a car crash, past studies suggest that exercise may play a key role in preventing Alzheimers.

At a 2006 meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, a study showed that individuals with high amounts of body fat increased their chances of getting Alzheimer's by 293 percent compared to those with low body fat.

Another study following 1200 people from 1986 until 2006 found that those who exercised regularly decreased their risk for developing Alzheimer's disease by about 40 percent.

In fact, studies show that the brain's most important memory structure, the hippocampus, which happens to be the first to be degenerated by the disease is actually increased in size by aerobic exercise!

The study authors state:

"Exercise training increased hippocampal volume by two percent, effectively reversing age-related loss in volume by one to two years."

Homocysteine is another looming danger, so much so that even mild amounts can double the risk of Alzheimer's!

It is an amino acid compound that is toxic to the brain, much like cholesterol is to your coronary arteries, but can be lowered to normal levels with nonprescription B vitamins.

A National Institutes of Health press release stated:

"People with elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood had nearly double the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a new report from scientists at Boston University."

Other retrospective studies on the brain degenerating disease have demonstrated the benefits of higher education, engagement in leisure activities, and high levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA.

Like many terrible illnesses that plague our society, there is no easy cure for Alzheimer's, but at least these statistics give us hope that our lifestyle choices play a key role in prevention.

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Judge Grants Etta James’ Husband Access To $60,000 For Medical Care

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Judge Grants Etta James’ Husband Access To $60,000 For Medical Care

The world was shocked last week when we found out that soul legend Etta James is battling leukaemia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Because of her failing health, Etta’s husband of 41 years, Artis, asked a judge to allow him access to $1 million of Etta’s finances, claiming she was no longer able to handle her own affairs.

Etta’s son, Donto, challenged the request, saying that a third party should be put in charge of the finances to avoid any future conflicts over the money.

The judge met them somewhere in the middle and gave Artis $60,000 to cover them through February 24.

We hope Etta’s health doesn’t deteriorate any more! Keep her in your thoughts and prayers!!

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Regular Walking May Help Slow The Progression Of Alzheimers

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Regular walking may help prevent alzheimers

Just another BIG reason to be active and exercise regularly!

New research suggests that walking about five miles a week may help slow the progression of cognitive illness among seniors already suffering from mild forms of cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease.

An estimated 2.4 million to 5.1 million people in the United States are estimated to have Alzheimer's disease, which causes a devastating, irreversible decline in memory and reasoning.

That's only a mile a day and you still get two days off!

The study also noted healthy people with no signs of cognitive decline may help fend off brain illnesses by engaging in regular physical activity.

The findings determined that the more an individual engaged in physical activity, the larger his or her brain volume. Greater brain volume, they noted, is a sign of a lower degree of brain cell death as well as general brain health.

So what are you still reading this for?! Get out and get active! Don't do it for yourself, do it for your grandkids!

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Smoking During Midlife Increases Risk Of Alzheimer's

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Smoking Midlife Increases Risk Of Alzheimers

If you're a smoker and haven’t quit yet, do it! Don't wait!

Researchers just found another terrible risk associated with tobacco — heavy smoking during the middle of your life more than doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or dementia as you age.

The study was conducted over a 30 year period. Heavy smokers were 157% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and 172% more likely to be diagnosed with vascular dementia than people who did not smoke.

Smoking totally isn't worth any of the risks! If you can't seem to quit, go get help — it's dangerous to continue!

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