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Alzheimer's Disease Might Start in Our Bodies

lzheimer’s disease as we know it is impossible to prevent and nearly impossible to detect early—but what if we've been looking for the answers in the wrong place? We associate Alzheimer’s with physical deterioration in the brain, but new research shows the nerve damage responsible for Alzheimer’s onset might actually originate outside the brain, as a cascade of breakdowns that begin elsewhere in the body. The findings could open a whole new pathway for research into the devastating degenerative neurological condition. The brains of Alzheimer’s patients exhibit an excess of a protein called amyloid-beta, which coalesces into “plaques” that disrupt neurological function. Until now, scientists

10 Ways To Keep Breast Cancer Out Of Your Future

Long before we get our first pimple, budding breasts remind us that we're women in training. We love them, we hate them. We want them to grow bigger, we wish they'd stop growing, we wonder why this one is smaller/bigger/rounder/flatter than the other, why men are staring at them—and why they're not. (Find out 10 things your breasts say about your health.) No matter how conflicted we may be, breasts are part of our female identity, which may be why, for most of us, having breast cancer is our biggest fear. We're more afraid of it than we are of heart disease, which is 10 times more likely to be what sends us to the great beyond. Yet fewer women get breast cancer, and fewer die from it, than e

Peninsula company gets $225M to fight Alzheimers

With a new collaboration and funding from AbbVie Inc., a young Peninsula company hopes to attack memory-robbing Alzheimer's disease in much the same way a new generation of cancer drugs are trying to eliminate tumor cells. Alector LLC of South San Francisco will receive $205 million upfront and a potential equity investment of up to $20 million from AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) as part of a deal to research, develop and eventually sell drugs targeting dementia, particularly in Alzheimer's patients, the companies said Tuesday. As the baby boom generation adds significantly to the number of people with Alzheimer's — by some calculations, the number of Alzheimer's patients in the United States will trip

The Financial Cost of Breast Cancer

he American Cancer Society reports that over a quarter million American women and 2,470 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. In addition to the medical and emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis, these men and women often face major financial challenges. Even for those who have health insurance, the cost of deductibles, copays, out-of-network charges and other fees can add up quickly during cancer treatment. To top it off, cancer patients' income may suffer due to missed work days. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, U.S. News talked to three survivors about how they handled out-of-pocket costs and other medical expenses. To read the full article, click HER

Fighting Alzheimer’s with Nutrition and Exercise

While people may not show symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease until they are in their sixties or seventies, neurological changes begin much earlier. “Alzheimer’s disease starts in the brain more than twenty years before the first symptom,” said Richard Isaacson, director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at New York-Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medical Center. “Alzheimer’s disease is not an older person’s disease. It’s a disease of younger and middle-aged people. And that’s how we have to shift the paradigm.” Looking at Alzheimer’s disease as a lifelong progression is an opportunity, said Isaacson, the keynote speaker at the Drs. Joan and Peter Cohn and Family Lecture on Nutrition, Inflammation

Here’s Why Obesity Raises Breast Cancer Risk

Experts have long known that obesity, along with smoking, age, lack of activity, and lifestyle can contribute to an increased risk of cancer, but a recent study is taking a closer look at how one of these conditions specifically relates to breast cancer. Based on their findings, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) are one step closer to understanding how obesity can influence or increase one’s risk for breast cancer. To read the full article, click HERE Written by LAUREN REARICK for rd.com (SUZANNE TUCKER/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Brutal year in the search for Alzheimer’s treatment

The search for an Alzheimer's disease treatment has been unsuccessful for the past 14 years. The latest failure came in September, when Axovant said it failed a key late-stage trial for its drug, intepirdine. Alzheimer's affects more than 5 million Americans, a number that's expected to balloon to 13.8 million by 2050 . There are only four drugs that have been approved to treat the symptoms of the disease, and the most recent drug approval happened in 2003. To read the full article, click HERE Written by Lydia Ramsey for businessinsider.com (photo credit AP/Alastair Grant)

Researchers Predict a Quarter-Million New Cases of Breast Cancer in the U.S.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women except for skin cancers. Researchers at the American Cancer Society estimate that there will be 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women in the United States in 2017. Some 40,610 women will die from the disease. In addition, there will be 63,410 cases this year of carcinoma in situ, abnormal cells that may be an early form of cancer. Over a lifetime, a woman living in the United States has a 12.4 percent risk — one in eight — of being diagnosed with breast cancer. To read the full article, click HERE Written by NICHOLAS BAKALAR for nytimes.com (Ben Edwards/The Image Bank, via Getty Images)

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