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Baby boomers are next target of Alzheimer’s disease

by Carol Bursack
May 9th, 2011 at 10:50 am

“Most of America’s baby boomers will spend their retirement years either with Alzheimer’s or caring for someone who has it”Generation Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released a groundbreaking study titled “Generation Alzheimer’s: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers.” Readers will be familiar with many concepts contained in this report, but seeing stark statistics and the agonizing human cost of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) gathered into one document has enormous impact. “Generation Alzheimer’s” aims to wake up boomers, telling them unflinchingly what could happen to our society–and to them–if finding a cure for AD is not made a top priority.

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ECL News Abstracts #1 | March 28, 2011

by ECL Staff
March 28th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

New research reveals insight into how short-term memory operates.

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Rice University have discovered the human brain has three layers of memory. These layers – where the brain processes short-term memory – include a core, a surrounding layer, and a wide region. The core, labeled the “focus of attention,” has three responsibilities: it directs the mind’s attention to the correct information, it retrieves that information and, when necessary, updates that information. The surrounding layer can hold and process three additional pieces of active information, while the larger, wide region holds passive items that are on the memory’s back burner.

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Study suggests liver connection with Alzheimer’s disease

by Carol Bursack
March 15th, 2011 at 4:26 am

In the ongoing search for causes and/or a potential cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are always surprises. Most Alzheimer’s research still leans toward examining the hallmark beta amyloid deposits that create the plaques in the brain that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Study shows exercise fights premature aging

by Carol Bursack
March 8th, 2011 at 4:53 am

When it comes to aging, I’m good at denial. Oh, I know my “numbers” – years, weight, triglycerides, cholesterol. I know, for the most part, what foods I should and shouldn’t eat, though I’m not very good about following through with the solid nutrition suggested. Also, I know that exercise is essential to good health. But knowing is not doing.

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Micro-bleeds in the brain may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to study

by Carol Bursack
February 19th, 2011 at 3:06 am

Lately, I’ve been reading about doctors finding “mixed dementias,” as they attempt the tricky diagnosis of people with dementia symptoms. This makes sense to me. Several people have told me about an aging parent who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, only to find out later that the diagnosis should have been vascular dementia with some additional symptoms that could point to possible Alzheimer’s disease.

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