OUR government is ignoring what is likely to become the single greatest threat to the health of Americans: Alzheimer’s disease, an illness that is 100 percent incurable and 100 percent fatal. It attacks rich and poor, white-collar and blue, and women and men, without regard to party. A degenerative disease, it steadily robs its victims of memory, judgment and dignity, leaves them unable to care for themselves and destroys their brain and their identity — often depleting their caregivers and families both emotionally and financially.
Heavy smoking in middle age may more than double the risk of Alzheimer's disease later in life, according to a large population-based study.
The prospective cohort study of more than 21,000 people found that those who smoked more than two packs a day developed dementia of any kind twice as often as nonsmokers, Rachel A. Whitmer, PhD, of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., and colleagues reported.
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health announced today that the National Institutes of Health’s Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) - the largest public-private partnership in Alzheimer’s disease research – has been renewed for an additional five years.
Esther Tuttle is nearing the end of the 10th decade of a remarkably productive and adventurous life. If all continues to go as well as it has to date, next July 1 she will join the rapidly growing clan of centenarians, whose numbers in the United States have increased to 96,548 in 2009 from 38,300 in 1990, according to the Census Bureau.
One morning last spring, about 200 senior citizens descended on the Coolidge Corner Theatre for a special program of classic old movies.
It was the first in a four-part series - the second one is today - called "Meet Me at the Coolidge...and make memories," designed to remind the audience of the good old days of cinema. Attendees got big welcomes and free popcorn and soda. They watched clips from "Oklahoma", "Casablanca," and "The Wizard of Oz", and saw legendary stars like Judy Garland, Katherine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart.
Right now, more than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, a number that is only expected to increase in the years ahead. I know the pain that Alzheimer's disease can cause - for those diagnosed with it, and for their families and caregivers - which is why my Administration is committed to finding a cure.
Bringing together two esteemed institutions known for groundbreaking Alzheimer's research, Cure Alzheimer's Fund has awarded the University of Pittsburgh a $300,00 grant and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (MGH) a $100,000 grant to fund an innovative joint research project on Alzheimer's disease, which currently affects 5.3 billion Americans and their families.
Back in the 1980s, it was becoming evident that Alzheimer's disease was an imposing challenge whose weight on health and society was just beginning to be felt. As people began to live longer and the U.S. population began to age, more and more people were finding themselves on the receiving end of a diagnosis of this slow but deadly neurodegenerative disease.