Thursday, February 9, 2012

I'm shocked... SHOCKED!

Well... not exactly today, but maybe someday.  Mindy and I visited Dr. Flitman, my AZ doctor, yesterday to seek a remedy for some recurring headaches and insomnia I've been experiencing lately...  he prescribed a couple of more medications...   but after nearly six months since my diagnosis, he seems optimistic that, because I am afflicted with the least aggressive of the three genes that cause Alzheimer's, I might actually have as many as five years before I progress into the next stage of the disease.   We also agreed to be screened for a new Alzheimer's study... but I have to take some sort of lucidity test to get in...  and the ironic part is, if I am still too smart, I fail... and won't be admitted to the study...  go figure...    stay tuned...

Meanwhile, there have been some interesting articles and developments recently related to the disease.  Please click on the titles for direct links to each expanded article...

- Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer's Research & Caregiver Support
The Obama Administration announced yesterday a $130 million increase over two years in the funding for Alzheimer’s Disease research, as well as $26 million of additional funding for support of caregivers and other programs toward the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s.
... two independent, new studies suggest that Alzheimer's spreads from cell to cell rather than independently forming randomly  throughout the brain.   DUH!   ...while this seems rather obvious to the lay person, it is only now being scientifically proven.   This is because that serious research about Alzhiemer's has only been underway since the 1980s.   Considering that Alzhiemer's affects 5.4 million Americans and will approach epidemic levels as the population ages, you'd think we'd take it more seriously.  The disease manifests itself in another American every 69 seconds....
An electrical brain-stimulation technique used to treat Parkinson's disease and chronic pain appears to enhance human memory as well, according to a tiny but intriguing new study that bolsters hope for one day developing a nondrug treatment for memory problems, including ailments like Alzheimer's disease.

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