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.
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.
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.
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.
March 12, 2014 |
If a simple blood test could predict whether you would develop Alzheimer's disease within three years, would you take it? That hypothetical question got a bit closer to reality with a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine. A team of researchers reported that they had developed just such a test, and that it was 90 percent accurate in determining the neurological fate of 30 men and women ages 70 and up, based on the level of fatty molecules in their blood. The authors, led by a Georgetown University physician scientist, acknowledged that their patient sample was small and said the results need to be reproduced by other labs to make sure they are as promising as they seem.
November 15, 2012
DEAR ABBY: I'm writing in response to "Friend in Arizona. " She wrote that after her friend "Blanche" was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Blanche asked not to be "paraded around for others to gawk at" after she reached a certain point. You advised that continuing to take her friend to church every Sunday was going against her wishes. I disagree. I'm an LPN and specialize in Alzheimer's. I have been doing this for more than 25 years. One thing we strive for is a sense of normalcy.
October 4, 1989 |
When he entered Swarthmore College in 1986, Bill Martin did not plan to become a psychology major, let alone get heavily involved with laboratory experiments that might eventually aid in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Martin started out majoring in political science, with an eye toward law school. And he very well might have followed that course if he had been able to sign up for a particular class during his freshman year. "By the time I went to register, it was closed out," said Martin, a senior running back in football and the team's leading rusher this season.
July 17, 2013 |
After 14 years of Alzheimer's, Martha Fletcher doesn't really know her husband anymore. But Don Fletcher still knows his wife. And his new book, Martha and I , gives readers a deep sense of the beloved spouse, mother of six, and accomplished musician with whom he has shared a life for 71 years. "I want them to see Martha as she was: totally warm, very extroverted, and self-giving," says Fletcher, 94, a mostly retired Presbyterian minister. Still lovely at 91, his wife has lost the use of language and spends much of her day asleep or in a wheelchair in their cozy home at Lion's Gate in Voorhees.