June 6, 2011 |
Question: Are there any tests out there for Alzheimer's disease? Answer: As of now, the only definitive test for Alzheimer's disease is the analysis of brain tissue after death. That's why folks with a presumptive diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease are described as having "senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type. " However, there may soon be a new blood test that can accurately diagnose Alzheimer's and differentiate it from other forms of dementia. Researchers at Canada's McGill University have found there is a dramatic difference between the production of the hormone DHEA in folks with Alzheimer's disease versus those without dementia or even other forms of dementia.
November 30, 2014 |
So far, the search for a treatment that will save our oldest generation from the scourge of Alzheimer's disease has been a long, frustrating slog. Paul Aisen, an Alzheimer's expert from the University of California, San Diego, explained why. For decades, researchers were dealing with a deadly disease that had no apparent symptoms for the first 15 years or so. When the symptoms started, they were not specific to Alzheimer's. By the time they got bad, the brain was already severely damaged.
May 21, 2015 |
The first clue that something was wrong with his grandmother came when Bill Mikus walked with her to a restaurant in Reading that she often visited. "You want your regular?" the waitress asked. It turned out the regular was just coffee. "She doesn't come here to eat?" Mikus asked the waitress, flabbergasted. He took some time off work to investigate. His grandmother, who had helped raise him after his mother died, was then in her mid-80s and lived alone. Her refrigerator was nearly empty.
June 6, 1995 |
Deborah Hoffmann, who is both dutiful daughter and filmmaker in tonight's "P.O.V. " presentation, "Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter," certainly has reason to complain. Her mother no longer knows she's her mother and occasionally struggles to remember exactly how they met. In the past 17 years, Alzheimer's has robbed Doris Hoffmann, now 87, of most of her adult memories. At first, she could not remember that her husband of nearly 50 years had died, and in conversation, would refer only to vague concerns about his health.
April 10, 2012 |
A radioactive compound that lights up plaques in the brain to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in patients being evaluated for Alzheimer's and other causes of cognitive decline. The imaging agent, Amyvid, was developed by a Philadelphia biotech start-up, Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc., now owned by Eli Lilly & Co. It can show amyloid deposits in the brain that are visible on positron-emission tomography (PET) scans.
December 10, 1990 |
Scientist that he is, Frank Baldino is not the type of corporate president to shamelessly blow his own horn. He speaks matter-of-factly about data and studies. He uses no lofty phrases. Sweeping statements are few and far between. That manner belies the fact that Baldino, and the scientists who work with him at Cephalon Inc. near West Chester, are in the forefront of efforts to unlock the secrets of neurological problems such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke and spinal-cord injuries.
September 22, 2011 |
Following a radio signal emitted by a bracelet, Philadelphia police this week were able to locate a 77-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease who had been missing for a day. The man was last seen leaving a residence in the 200 block of North 52d Street about noon Sunday, police said. His family reported him missing about 3 p.m. Monday. The man was enrolled in the SafetyNet program, run by LoJack, the company that helps locate stolen cars. SafetyNet supplied police with the man's bracelet frequency.
July 18, 2014 |
An Alzheimer's disease expert at Drexel University is testing an unusual approach to the disease: giving the brain what may be a more efficient source of energy. In people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, the brain loses its ability to properly metabolize glucose early in the course of disease, said Carol Lippa. This is critical because the brain needs a lot of fuel. "The brain uses, like, 30 percent of your oxygen," she said. "Your brain is really active metabolically, so it needs a really good supply of energy.
August 19, 1996 |
The last shovels of dirt covered the casket just before darkness on Long Island a little more than a week ago. Earlier in the day, a huge gathering of family members and friends arrived at Cox's Funeral Home in Queens to mourn the death of Lilly Mary Williams. Formally, Williams was my mother-in-law, but actually she was one of my closest and best-loved friends. She understood the meaning of social intimacy throughout her life and graciously shared her gifts with the young and old. It seemed ironic to most who knew her that she was stricken by Alzheimer's disease, a relentless degenerative brain disorder that strips its victims first of their memory, then cognition and finally physical functioning.
June 20, 1993 |
After almost 46 years of marriage, Margaret Wagner doesn't know her husband anymore. She doesn't know her children or her 11 grandchildren. Or anyone else. Still, George Wagner wants to see his 65-year-old wife as much as possible, despite the Alzheimer's disease that has ravaged her mind. That would be much easier if she could live in the county-run Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima, instead of 85 miles away in the Easton Nursing Center. But Fair Acres has refused to admit Margaret Wagner because they say her behavior might be too difficult for it to handle.