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2 new drugs being studied at Wash U study could help Alzheimer's patients

ST. LOUIS - Alzheimer's is a disease that robs patients of their memories, personality and independence. Now, there's a groundbreaking international study taking place right here in St. Louis that might prevent it. It’s called the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network trial by Washington University. Participants have a rare gene that can lead to what doctors call Early Onset Familial Alzheimer's disease, which means people can develop it younger than 65. Early onset familial Alzheimer disease is hereditary and marked by Alzheimer symptoms that appear at an unusually early age. The study tests the idea of how to prevent the disease from starting in the first place. Carrie Richardson Whitfi

The 8 Things Everyone Needs to Stop Believing About Breast Cancer

When we hear a woman has been diagnosed with cancer, most of us tend to assume the culprit is breast cancer. With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. BreastCancer.org estimates that 30 percent of cancers diagnosed in women in 2017 will be breast cancer. Considering the sheer mass of information online regarding breast cancer, most women have heard myths associated with the disease. Separating the true from the false equips women with the facts necessary to reduce risk and to plan treatment if diagnosed. To read the full article, click HERE Written by David B. Samadi for The Observer (Photo credit: Pixabay)

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?

About 5 million Americans, or 10 percent of those over 65 years of age, suffer from Alzheimer’s disease according to the Fischer Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Yet, despite the prevalence of this condition, there exists a great deal of confusion over what it is and what causes it. When a loved one begins to have trouble with their memory, we panic. Is it Alzheimer’s? There is a difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia. Learn the differences so that you can be well informed. One of the most common question I am frequently asked is “What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?” On one level, the answer to this question is relatively easy and straightforward.

Researchers identify more effective, cost-efficient test for breast cancer risk

Certain variants of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are well recognized to raise a woman’s risk of inherited breast cancer. A growing body of research finds that five lesser-known genes, including TP53 and PTEN, also raise this risk, according to a study published in the April 2017 issue of Value in Health, the journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). Researchers at Quest Diagnostics developed a decision-making model for hypothetical cohorts of 50-year-old and 40-year-old asymptomatic women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or other hereditary syndromes. The model compared two strategies for detecting pathogenic genetic variants and

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

When it comes to finding a cure to Alzheimer's disease, doctors say we are still a long ways to go, but are making progress. Jim Ray, Ph.D., director of Neuroscience at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, addressed Dallas residents on the short- and long-term goals of the Neurodegeneration Consortium (NDC), established through a $25 million donation to MD Anderson to better understand the underlying biology of the disease and translate this knowledge into therapeutic interventions. The goal is to effectively alleviate symptoms by delaying, reversing and/or eliminating the pathology of the disease. The NDC’s multidisciplinary team have found a new generation of drugs which are

What Makes Ashkenazi Jews More Susceptible to Breast Cancer?

The American Cancer Society reports that “some types of cancer run in certain families, but most cancers are not clearly linked to the genes we inherit from our parents.” And all cancers begin with a gene mutating, which results in abnormal cell growth that proliferates and becomes cancer. Breast cancer is one of those cancers with a clearly defined genetic component. The most widely known genetic factor that can lead to breast cancer is a mutation on the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, which can also cause ovarian cancer. Everyone has these genes, but only some people have a mutation that can predispose them to certain types of cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “abou

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