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  • Just How Offensive Is Will Ferrell's 'Reagan'? (Alert: Blood will boil)

    04/29/2016 9:06:31 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 48 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 29, 2016 | Seth Abramovitch
    But it does revolve around the conceit that the 40th president had no knowledge of where he was or what he was doing throughout his entire second term. The protagonist is Frank Corden, a low-level White House aide with a sweetly idealized view of American democracy. The first clues that Reagan is not in his right mind come early on: As Frank prepares coffee for Reagan re-election staffers, he overhears Treasury Secretary Don Regan (depicted as a stern, mentor-like figure) in a heated phone conversation with Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger (cartoonishly abusive, he's described as "all Brylcreem and forehead...
  • Will Ferrell pulls out of Reagan Alzheimer’s comedy

    04/29/2016 9:46:56 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 86 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 29, 2016 | Emily Smith
    Will Ferrell has backed out of a comedy about Ronald Reagan’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease following outrage from the former president’s family. The 48-year-old comic confirmed Friday that while he had seen the script and considered signing on to star and produce “Reagan”, he was no longer going ahead with the project.
  • Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, pens open letter to Will Ferrell

    04/28/2016 4:04:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 110 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    Patti Davis, daughter of late President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, penned an open letter Thursday to Will Ferrell, criticizing the actor for agreeing to play the 40th president in an upcoming satirical film about his battle with dementia. “I saw the news bulletin — as did everyone — that you intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer’s for a comedy that you are also producing,” Ms. Davis, a former actress, wrote in her blog. “Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would...
  • Problems Finding Your Way Around May Be Early Sign Of Alzheimer's

    04/24/2016 8:19:00 PM PDT · by Innovative · 85 replies
    techtimes.com ^ | April 23, 2016 | Katherine Derla
    Scientists from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Glasgow University injected mice with a protein called IL-33 on a daily basis, which resulted in a full reversal in cognitive decline and the symptoms of Alzheimer’s in a matter of days. Though the tests have so far been limited to rodents, the team believes it possible that the same technique could be used to treat human patients. The mice had been bred to exhibit the same kinds of symptoms as those of Alzheimer’s, though within a week were brought back to their prior cognitive capacities with the protein injections....
  • ► Alzheimer's disease could be caused by herpes virus, warn experts

    03/10/2016 5:39:27 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 25 replies
    Telegraph ^ | March 9, 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by viruses like herpes, a group of renowned dementia experts have warned, as they call for urgent investigation into the link. The worldwide team of 31 senior scientists and clinicians, which include specialists from Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Manchester Universities and Imperial College, have written an editorial which suggests that microbes are the major cause of dementia. The herpes virus - the type which causes cold sores - and chlamydia bacteria are named as the major culprits, as well as a type of corkscrew-shaped bacteria called spirochaete. “There is incontrovertible evidence that Alzheimer’s Disease has...
  • Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died at the age of 94, according to TMZ.

    03/06/2016 8:38:27 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 238 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 06, 2016
    Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died at the age of 94, according to TMZ. She married Ronald Reagan in 1952 and served as first lady in from 1981 to 1989.
  • Famed Irish scientist says the cure for Alzheimer’s is only 5 – 10 years away

    02/21/2016 5:33:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 02/21/2016 | Sheila Langan
    A scientist whose major breakthroughs have emerged from studying the brains of Irish families says we are only five to 10 years away from a cure for Alzheimer's disease. In a recent interview with the Irish Times, Professor Tim Lynch, currently with the Dublin Neurological Institute at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, recounted the discovery he made while working in New York almost 20 years ago, which changed the course of his research. In 1994, Lynch was part of a team studying frontotemporal dementia in an Irish American family at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. The team discovered that...
  • Sanders: We Must End Over-Policing in African-American Neighborhoods

    02/12/2016 9:27:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 12, 2016 | Melanie Hunter
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for an end of "over-policing" in black neighborhoods during the PBS Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wis., on Thursday night. "What we have to do is end over-policing in African-American neighborhoods. The reality is that both the African-American community and the white community do marijuana at about equal rates," Sanders said. "The reality is four times as many blacks get arrested for marijuana. Truth is that far more blacks get stopped for traffic violations." An undecided voter via Facebook wrote: "Wisconsin is number one in African-American male incarceration, according to a University...
  • The Great Social Experiment Takes the Field – In the War of 2020

    02/07/2016 8:34:33 PM PST · by pboyington · 20 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | February 7, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The United States of America, 2020 President Hillary Clinton has been in office since January of 2017, after defeating Donald J. Trump in the closest and most litigated election in American history. Disliked as a candidate by the right, as President she is despised by Congress and most Americans, who are now well aware that an incompetent criminal sits in the Oval Office. The vast social engineering of the US military that rode roughshod over the armed services under Barack Obama is now legal policy. Open homosexuality is common in all branches. Transgenders who have undergone sex change operations, those...
  • More Evidence Emerges for "Transmissible Alzheimer's" Theory

    01/29/2016 5:54:38 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/26/16 | Alison Abbott
    The disease is not normally infectious, but people who received grafts from cadavers did show telltale markers in their brains For the second time in four months, researchers have reported autopsy results that suggest Alzheimer's disease might occasionally be transmitted to people during certain medical treatments--although scientists say that neither set of findings is conclusive. The latest autopsies, described in the Swiss Medical Weekly on January 26, were conducted on the brains of seven people who died of the rare, brain-wasting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Decades before their deaths, the individuals had all received surgical grafts of dura mater--the membrane that...
  • Is the Alzheimer’s Pandemic Caused by Society’s Lack of Respect for the Elderly?

    The Alzheimer’s pandemic has long been a dark riddle. What are its causes? Why has it apparently become much more widespread just in the last few generations? Why does it afflict some nations more aggressively than others? Why do twice as many women suffer from it than men? And what can we do to fight back against this terrible, incurable disease? These crucial questions have long remained unanswered. But a new study by Yale School of Public Health offers some possible answers—answers with implications for both the young and the old. According to the study, the main cause of Alzheimer’s...
  • Clinton vows to find Alzheimer's cure by 2025 (Black, Hispanic & women voters hardest hit)

    12/22/2015 4:01:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/22/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Hillary Clinton is laying out an aggressive plan to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease within a decade, which she says will be achieved by a dramatically boosting spending by four times the current levels. The Democratic presidential front-runner vows to spend $2 billion per year "to prevent, effectively treat and make a cure possible by 2025." She will announce her plan at a campaign stop in Iowa later on Tuesday. The annual $2 billion in spending will be part of a "historic, decade-long investment" that would bring up spending levels from the $586 million spent by the National Institutes...
  • Pat Harrington, Jr. (Schneider on "One Day At A Time") succumbing to Alzheimer's disease

    11/28/2015 2:25:04 PM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    facebook ^ | november 28, 2015 | Tres Harrington
    From his Daughter Tres: It is with a broken heart that my father is succumbing to Alzheimer's. After falling three weeks ago, a small hemmorage in his brain, and three weeks of hospital/nursing home, he is mentally and physically disintegrating. I weep, knowing he is not long on this earthly plane; cussing at him today to get him to open his mouth to eat the pureed food, as his swallowing mechanism isn't functioning so well, but then alas, he opens his mouth for ice cream... I break down, laying my head on his chest, and the first sign of recognition,...
  • America Received No Such Outpouring of Sympathy, Show of Support Post 9/11

    11/15/2015 2:47:53 PM PST · by lbryce · 139 replies
    The world consoles, commiserates with France in it's time of sorrow and tragedy, demonstrating its support, at least symbolically with Gallic-themed tokens of condolences in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. Here is just one example, one of myriad items to show the terrorists that they can kill the French but can they create such pretty commemorative items on such short notice? I don't recall seeing a single item like this in the aftermath of 9/11. And no, I was not a cheese-eating, smelly Froggie yesterday unlike others who seem to have been a Frenchman, even if having to hold...
  • After 15 months, Winston-Salem woman doesn’t know cause of husband's death

    10/16/2015 11:05:41 AM PDT · by Soul of the South · 13 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | October 16, 2015 | Fred Clasen-Kelly McClatchy Regional News
    Since last year, when her husband died unexpectedly in a Davidson County hospital, Francine Braun Wolberg’s grief has given way to anger over the long wait for answers. Her husband suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s, but he was otherwise healthy before going to the Thomasville Medical Center for mental health treatment. State Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Deborah Radisch performed an autopsy in Raleigh on June 12, 2014, the day after he died. But months later, there was still no death certificate listing the cause of death. That meant that Wolberg couldn’t collect survivor’s annuity payments needed to pay college tuition...
  • Hillary Clinton Has Only Six Months to Live.

    10/01/2015 3:49:15 PM PDT · by Vinylly · 190 replies
    I don't know if you can believe the National Enquirer but the front page of the latest issue says she has a brain tumor, blood clots, MS, and is an alcoholic. Doctors are saying she has about six months to live. If this is not true then I think this is a bit too much for the National Enquirer to be printing this stuff.
  • Computer algorithm created to encode human memories

    09/29/2015 4:57:44 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 09/29/15 | Clive Cookson
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Researchers in the US have developed an implant to help a disabled brain encode memories, giving new hope to Alzheimer’s sufferers and wounded soldiers who cannot remember the recent past. The prosthetic, developed at the University of Southern California and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in a decade-long collaboration, includes a small array of electrodes implanted into the brain. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this...
  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/17/2015 10:46:18 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 115 replies
    RTT News ^ | 2015 September 17 | RTT Staff
    Most seniors may suffer from some degree of vitamin D deficiency, according to a study from researchers at University of California at Davis and Rutgers University. For the study the researchers surveyed 400 men and women with an average age of 76 in either good health or with mild cognitive impairment. They found that nearly all of the participants showed low levels of vitamin D with 26 percent displaying a deficiency and 35 percent show what they classified as insufficiency. "This work, and that of others, suggests that there is enough evidence to recommend that people in their 60s and...
  • Autopsies reveal signs of Alzheimer’s in growth-hormone patients (can you "catch" Alzheimer's?)

    09/16/2015 1:14:29 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    Nature ^ | 9/9/15 | Alison Abbott
    Brain plaques may have been seeded by contaminated hormone extracts from cadavers. Only a decade ago, the idea that Alzheimer’s disease might be transmissible between people would have been laughed off the stage. But scientists have since shown that tissues can transmit symptoms of the disease between animals — and new results imply that humans, at least in one unusual circumstance, may not be an exception. The findings, published in this issue of Nature, emerged during autopsy studies of the brains of eight people who had died of the rare but deadly Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD; Z. Jaunmuktane et al. Nature...
  • ‘Shocker’ New Poll Says Trump Lost GOP Debate to Someone Who Wasn’t Even On Stage With Him

    08/09/2015 5:11:10 PM PDT · by TNMOUTH · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 9, 2015 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    According to a new poll, Carly Fiorina is the Republican presidential candidate of choice after Thursday night’s debates. The nationwide poll of more than 17,000 people from the Association of Mature American Citizens — a conservative organization for those 50-years-old and up — asked who won Thursday night and included candidates in the official GOP debate and the earlier, second-tier debate. With 6,273 votes Fiorina led the poll at 36 percent. Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in second place with 17 percent of the votes (3,015), and controversial real estate mogul Donald Trump came in third place with 14 percent...
  • Nursing Home Placement for Mother with Advanced Alzheimer's Disease to take place within 7 - 10 days

    07/29/2015 3:04:22 PM PDT · by hondact200 · 19 replies
    July 29, 2015 | hondact200
    Today, I was informed by the nursing home that it is in the process of moving 2 current residents from Alzheimer's Unit to the general floor, and there will be an opening within the next 7 - 10 days. Started the process for nursing home placement for my mother with now advanced Alzheimer's Disease in December 2014. Anticipated August 7, 2015 admission date.
  • HISTORICAL IGNORANCE II: Forgotten facts about Lincoln, slavery and the Civil War

    07/22/2015 7:36:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1,085 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/22/2015 | Prof. Walter Williams
    We call the war of 1861 the Civil War. But is that right? A civil war is a struggle between two or more entities trying to take over the central government. Confederate President Jefferson Davis no more sought to take over Washington, D.C., than George Washington sought to take over London in 1776. Both wars, those of 1776 and 1861, were wars of independence. Such a recognition does not require one to sanction the horrors of slavery. We might ask, How much of the war was about slavery? Was President Abraham Lincoln really for outlawing slavery? Let's look at his...
  • CNN Films presents: Glen Campbell - I'll Be Me documentary [tonight 9PM)

    06/28/2015 5:43:55 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 15 replies
    cnn ^ | 6-28-15 | cnn
    A beautiful, funny, inspiring film about music superstar Glen Campbell's struggle with Alzheimer's disease before and throughout his sold-out "Goodbye Tour."
  • Sweet Tooth Causes Some Major Side Effects On your Brains! (Memory loss)

    06/26/2015 1:22:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Sweet Tooth Causes Some Major Side Effects On your Brains! June 24, 2015 If you love your fried, fatty foods smothered in chocolate and generously dusted with icing sugar? Then, you might just have to say goodbye to mental acuity.A new research conducted in Oregon State University has revealed that a high-sugar, high-fat diet can drastically modify your gut bacteria which in turn may lead to significant losses in ‘cognitive flexibility’ – a measurement of the brain’s ability to switch between thinking about one concept to another, and to adapt to changes in the environment.The study, which was conducted on...
  • Genes of brain-eating tribe members shine light on prion protection

    06/14/2015 7:43:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    upi ^ | June 14, 2015 at 4:05 PM | Brooks Hays |
    In the late 1950s, some 2 percent of the Fore tribe from Papa New Guinea died each year from a rare neural disease known as kuru. The mad cow-like disease was spread by the tribe's now-retired practice of eating the brains of their deceased relatives. A new study, however, has identified a gene adaptation that protected a small subset of the Fore population from kuru and other similar diseases. Kuru and other similar diseases are characterized by the proliferation of misshapen neural proteins called prions. These invaders stick together in infected brains, forming plaque-like polymers that slowly suffocate neural pathways...
  • Jimmy Webb visited Glen Campbell on Wednesday

    06/12/2015 3:28:16 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 65 replies
    Jimmy Webb FB Page ^ | 6-12-15 | Jimmy Webb
    I visited my friend Glen Campbell Wednesday in Nashville. Laura and Kim Campbell were there as well. You may be aware that Glen has bravely been living with Alzheimer's Disease. Along with his strong and courageous wife, they have changed the face of Alzheimer's forever. The world watched as Glen traveled from city to city, to continue doing what he loves to do: perform and share his music. Doctors were amazed at how the music and activity appeared to slow the pace of the disease for awhile. With his family, they showed the world that you don't have to hide...
  • Omar Sharif is suffering from Alzheimer’s

    05/24/2015 9:37:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:34PM BST 23 May 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Hollywood actor Omar Sharif is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and struggles to remember his most famous films, his son has revealed. The 83-year-old Egyptian-born actor, who shot to fame in 1962 when he starred in Lawrence of Arabia and later for his title role in Doctor Zhivago in 1965, has been struggling with the illness for the last three years. His son, Tarek El-Sharif, has revealed his father has now retired from acting due to the illness, which has seen him confusing the names of his most famous films and forgetting where they were filmed. He says his father knows...
  • Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer's disease

    05/20/2015 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05/20/15
    University of Montreal study finds video game players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain Millions of boys could be at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and other mental illnesses in later life through playing action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed, according to new research. Scientists say players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain called the caudate nucleus, which leads to loss of grey matter in the hippocampus. Previous studies have shown reduced volume in the hippocampus, which controls memory, learning and emotion, is associated with neurological and...
  • Researchers find stronger links between diabetes and Alzheimer's

    05/13/2015 1:32:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Consumer Affairs ^ | May 6, 2015 | Mark Huffman
    With rising obesity, America faces an increased number of type 2 diabetes cases. With an aging Baby Boom generation, the country is bracing for an increase in Alzheimer's disease. Could the two be related? Previous studies have hinted at such a link. But researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say they have nailed down the connection. Their study, using mice, found that elevated glucose in the blood – a primary consequence of diabetes -- can rapidly increase levels of amyloid beta, which shows up in brain plaques in Alzheimer’s patients. The buildup of these plaques is...
  • Glen Campbell Doesn’t Realize He’s Never Going Home Again

    05/01/2015 3:20:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/1 | Andrea Peyser
    With his “aw shucks, ma’am” charm and velvety voice, Glen Campbell was a legendary country and pop-music singer, guitarist and Hollywood hot guy. But now, friends and relatives tell me, he languishes in a “mediocre” facility outside Nashville, Tenn., for patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. He can spend only minimal time with his oldest children, say sources, who claim he is frequently alone except for the company of caregivers and TV crews recording his mental decline. He wants to go home, they say, and doesn’t understand that the facility is his residence, probably for the rest of his life.
  • Study Breaks Down Aging Process, May Lead to Solutions to Age-Related Diseases

    04/30/2015 2:49:45 PM PDT · by John W · 12 replies
    www.heathline.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Roberta Alexander
    Salk Institute researchers studied a mutation in Werner syndrome to get a better understanding of aging as well as age-related diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Nobody likes the idea of aging. But the alternative — which is to die young — doesn’t have too many fans either. That’s why a study that offers possible new ways to prevent and treat age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease has attracted attention. The study was published today in the journal Science. But don’t throw out that bottle of Gray Be Gone just yet. The scientists at the Salk...
  • Glen Campbell - Gentle on My Mind (Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson, Roy Clark get a guitar lesson)

    04/28/2015 8:42:30 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 83 replies
    youtube ^ | awhileago | Glen
    Same youtube link here What a room full of legends...and yet they knew what they were watching.
  • 79 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Is Born in Delight, Arkansas

    04/22/2015 3:49:24 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 62 replies
    the boot ^ | 4-22-15 | Gayle Thompson
    Happy birthday, Glen Campbell! The singer was born on this day, April 22, in 1936. Campbell was born the seventh of 12 children to John Campbell, a sharecropper, and his wife Carrie. After his uncle, known as “Boo,” taught Campbell to play the guitar as a child, the future star relocated to Albuquerque, N.M., as a teenager, to play in his uncle’s band. In 1958, Campbell formed his own band, the Western Wranglers, and in 1960, he relocated to Los Angeles to become a session musician. Campbell’s debut album, Big Bluegrass Special, was released in 1962 on Capitol Records, but...
  • Eight nutrients to protect the aging brain

    04/18/2015 10:27:44 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 173 replies
    sciencedaily.com ^ | April 15, 2015 | Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
    Brain health is the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle according to a 2014 AARP study. As people age they can experience a range of cognitive issues from decreased critical thinking to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers write about eight nutrients that may help keep your brain in good shape.
  • Stanford team develops super-fast charging aluminium battery. (7000+ cycles without capacity decay.)

    04/11/2015 6:43:06 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 30 replies
    The Royal Society of Chemistry ^ | April 7, 2015 | Tim Wogan
    Aluminium ions are stored between layers of graphite when the battery is charged A new rival to the lithium-ion battery has been created that charges in under a minute and still performs almost perfectly after being recharged thousands of times. The new battery is based on aluminium instead of lithium, which should make it both cheaper and safer than their lithium-ion competitors. The U.S. team behind the aluminium-ion battery say that the technology could find its way into the home, help store renewable energy for the power grid and even power vehicles. The aluminium-ion battery is conceptually similar to the...
  • Man Prosecuted for Marital Relations With Azh. Demented Wife

    04/07/2015 7:48:20 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | 4/7/15 | Sarah Kaplan
    In an Iowa courtroom, an astonishing case of sex and Alzheimer’s After a four-year battle with Alzheimer’s, Donna Lou Rayhons died in a nursing home in August, just four days shy of her 79th birthday. A week later, Henry Rayhons was arrested and charged with sexual abuse. State prosecutors accused him of having sex with his wife while she was incapacitated by dementia.
  • Rod Hundley, an Outsize Personality on and Off the Court, Dies at 80 (Hot Rod Hundley)

    03/28/2015 8:40:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 28, 2015 | Richard Goldstein
    Rod Hundley, basketball’s irrepressible Hot Rod, who parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century, died on Friday at his home near Phoenix. He was 80. Hundley was an electrifying presence at West Virginia University, played for the Lakers and stamped his persona on broadcasting, mostly for the New Orleans Jazz. “Nobody did the things I did on the court and nobody has done them since,” Hundley said of his collegiate exploits in “Hot Rod Hundley: You Gotta Love It Baby!” (2012), written with Tom McEachin. “I’d...
  • Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66

    03/12/2015 9:19:32 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 March 2015
    Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66, having had Alzheimer's disease for eight years. "The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry Finlay of his publishing company, Transworld. Best known for the Discworld series, Sir Terry wrote more than 70 books over his lengthy career. He was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, but continued writing, completing his final book last summer. The author died at home "with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family," Mr Finlay said.
  • Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, dies aged 66

    03/12/2015 8:58:59 AM PDT · by Borges · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/12/2015
    Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld comic fantasy series of novels, has died aged 66. Publishers Transworld announced the news “with immeasurable sadness”. Managing director Larry Finlay, said: “The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.” The author of more than 70 books died at his home “with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family” earlier on Thursday. Pratchett, who had early onset Alzheimer’s disease, leaves his wife, Lyn, and their daughter, Rhianna. He had, said Finlay “enriched the planet like few before him”.
  • Alzheimer’s Breakthrough: Scientists Home In On Molecule Which Halts Development of Disease

    02/16/2015 7:46:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | February16, 2015 | John Bingham
    Alzheimer’s Breakthrough: Scientists Home In On Molecule Which Halts Development of Disease Cambridge scientists raise prospect of new generation of treatments after finding technique to limit development of biggest cause of dementia By John Bingham, 16 Feb 2015 Scientists have found a method which could potentially stop the growth of Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks, raising the prospect of a wave of new treatments for the condition. A team at Cambridge University, working with partners in Sweden and Estonia, has identified a molecule which can block the progress of Alzheimer’s at a crucial stage in its development. Not only is...
  • Alzheimer's breakthrough....

    02/16/2015 10:50:49 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 38 replies
    DailyMail.Co.UK ^ | February 16, 2015 | Ben Spencer
    Scientists have discovered the key to stopping Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages. The breakthrough paves the way for a ‘statin-like’ drug that could be taken by millions to prevent dementia. Cambridge University researchers have found a naturally occurring molecule that can slow the formation of plaques in the brain. Amyloid plaques are closely associated with declining memory and other Alzheimer’s symptoms. The discovery raises the prospect of a treatment which could be routinely taken in middle age to stop dementia. It could even result in a pill that could be used to treat dementia in the same way that...
  • Jeb Bush: We will lose our liberties if we control the border

    02/05/2015 5:33:53 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 161 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/5/15 | Pedro Gonzalez
    Jeb Bush made a series of astonishing remarks about immigration Wednesday. Actually, his comments were not so much about immigration as they were about illegal aliens. First he said he wanted to repopulate Detroit with illegal aliens. It just seems to me that maybe if you open up our doors in a fair way and unleashed the spirit of peoples' hard work, Detroit could become in really short order, one of the great American cities again," Bush said then. "Now it would look different, it wouldn't be Polish...But it would be just as powerful, just as exciting, just as dynamic....
  • Glen Campbell’s ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You’ Wins 2015 Grammy Award for Best Country Song

    02/08/2015 3:49:46 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 29 replies
    the boot ^ | 2-8-15 | Scott Shettler
    Forty-eight years after he won his first Grammy Award, country music legend Glen Campbell won another honor, claiming Best Country Song at the 2015 Grammys (with co-writer Julian Raymond) for ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You,’ the theme song from ‘Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me,’ the documentary that followed Campbell on his farewell tour as he battled Alzheimer’s disease. While the 78-year-old Campbell was not in attendance, his wife Kim took to the podium to speak on behalf of her husband. “I’m so proud of him tonight,” she told the crowd. “It’s been an amazing journey. He’s been so courageous...
  • Beer could help 'protect brain against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's'

    02/02/2015 1:11:36 PM PST · by wtd · 49 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 10:55AM GMT 02 Feb 2015 | Telegraph Men
    Beer could help 'protect brain against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's' " As self-delusional arguments go, it sounds like it is up there with claims that a bowl of ice-cream supplies a quarter of your daily calcium needs. However, scientists in China have found that drinking beer could help protect the brain from a number of degenerative brain diseases. A team of researchers at Lanzhou University have published a study which claims that xanthohumol, a type of flavinoid found in hops, could help protect the brain against the onset of diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and dementia. According to Jianguo Fang,...
  • 46 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Gets First Gold Single With ‘Wichita Lineman’

    01/24/2015 3:09:51 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 109 replies
    theboot.com ^ | 1-22-14 | Gayle Thompson
    Forty-six years ago today (Jan. 22, 1969), Glen Campbell struck gold for the first time. It was on this day that the singer earned the first gold single of his career, signifying sales of 500,000 copies, with ‘Wichita Lineman.’ The song, which was the title track of Campbell’s 12th studio album, was written by Jimmy Webb, who got the inspiration for the tune while driving through Washita County, Okla., when he saw a lone telephone lineman working on the top of a telephone pole. “I’m a songwriter, and I can write about anything I want to,” Webb says of his...
  • Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

    01/23/2015 2:28:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | Provided by Stanford University Medical Center
    A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease, according to scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Treated cells behave as if they are much younger than untreated cells, multiplying with abandon in the laboratory dish rather than stagnating or dying. The procedure, which involves the use of a modified type of RNA, will improve the ability of researchers to generate large numbers of cells for study or drug development, the scientists say. Skin cells with telomeres lengthened by...
  • New York Times Wants to Force Nursing Homes to Starve Alzheimer’s Patients to Death

    01/21/2015 12:54:18 PM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/21/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    Immoral bioethical policies and practices advance toward implementation through discourse–first in professional journals, and then in elite popular media columns.That process is now gearing up regarding what I call “VSED-by-Proxy.”VSED stands for “voluntary stopping eating and drinking”–suicide by self-starvation–pushed for the elderly and others by those compaaaaa–ssssss–ionate death zealots at the Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices.But what about mentally incompetent residents of nursing homes who willingly eat, but who years previously stated in an advance medical directive that they wanted to be made dead by starvation under such circumstances?We see increasing advocacy in bioethics that nursing homes be required to...
  • Curcumin's ability to fight Alzheimer's studied

    01/20/2015 12:46:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 01/13/2015 | Provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    One of the most promising new treatments for Alzheimer's disease may already be in your kitchen. Curcumin, a natural product found in the spice turmeric, has been used by many Asian cultures for centuries, and a new study indicates a close chemical analog of curcumin has properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease. "Curcumin has demonstrated ability to enter the brain, bind and destroy the beta-amyloid plaques present in Alzheimer's with reduced toxicity," said Wellington Pham, Ph.D., assistant professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt and senior author of the...
  • Started the Process of Nursing Home Placement for my mother

    01/14/2015 2:21:50 PM PST · by hondact200 · 62 replies
    January 13, 2015 | hondact200
    Today, the painful decision has been made to start the process for Nursing Home Placement of my mother who is the last stage (stage 7) of Alzheimers Disease. I have to have multiple surgeries and I can no longer take care of her by myself. Pray for the situation as my mother will decline rapidly once she goes into the nursing home. She has six children and I am the only one whom has been involved the last 4 years. Have not been given a date but placement will come soon.
  • Has Stanford University found a cure for Alzheimer's disease?

    01/06/2015 4:49:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/08/2014 | By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    Alzheimer's could be prevented and even cured by boosting the brain's own immune response, scientists at Stanford University believe. Researchers discovered that nerve cells die because cells which are supposed to clear the brain of bacteria, viruses and dangerous deposits, stop working. These cells, called 'microglia' function well when people are young, but when they age, a single protein called EP2 stops them operating efficiently. Now scientists have shown that blocking the protein allows the microglia to function normally again so they can hoover up the dangerous sticky amyloid-beta plaques which damage nerve cells in Alzheimer's disease. The researchers found...