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Mounting Evidence Links Sleep Disturbance To Alzheimer's Disease

Once again researchers have found evidence of the critical role quality sleep plays on our overall health. And addressing the common causes of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) could have huge implications for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. From sleep apnea which, left untreated, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other ailments, to Alzheimer’s disease, researchers continue to discover why we need to sleep. Now investigators from the Intramural Research Program (IRP) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) are saying feeling excessively sleepy during the day could be a sign of increased risk for the brain pathology of Alzheimer’s diseas

The Hidden Costs Of Alzheimer's Disease

Currently an estimated 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and 47 million people worldwide suffer from it. By 2050 these estimates are projected to triple and the direct cost to American society may exceed a trillion dollars—a price we will all pay in one way or another. Although the disease does not discriminate, it disproportionately impacts women. Women are twice as likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s and more than twice as likely to care for someone with the disease. At the time of Rick’s diagnosis, Sandy had just retired from a long and rewarding career as a nurse. She was looking forward to relaxed days playing golf, spending time with grandchildren, and traveling to places sh

Julia Louis-Dreyfus talks about her battle with breast cancer

ulia Louis-Dreyfus is back at work again, and she's feeling good. The Veep star, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2017, has been sharing regular updates on social media as she goes through treatment. And on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, she confirmed that she's beaten the disease. "I feel very strong," she told Kimmel. "Everything is good, I'm back at work on Veep, which is amazing." Louis-Dreyfus explained that she'd previously had to stall production on the show, which factored in to her decision to make her situation public. To read the full article, click HERE

Connecting the dots of Alzheimer’s disease

Some people may follow a football team, others may follow their favorite television streaming series. For Ellen Kuhl, PhD, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, her passion lies in following proteins. In a recent Stanford news article, Kuhl explains how her team developed a computer simulation to track the spread of defective proteins in the brain. These proteins contribute to the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease. To read the entire article, click HERE

You've been diagnosed with breast cancer. Now what?

A breast cancer diagnosis can be devastating for many women. Nearly 12.4 percent of women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes, according to breastcancer.org. One of the first questions they will have is about treatment. Dr. Katherine H.R. Tkaczuk, professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of the breast evaluation and treatment program at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, talks about what women can expect after finding out they have breast cancer. To read the full article, click HERE (lewkovision / Handout)

Scientists create map of brain region linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Curing some of the most vexing diseases first requires navigating the world’s most complex structure – the human brain. Scientists at the University of Southern California have created the most detailed atlas yet of the brain’s memory bank. Cartographers of the cranium, a USC research team has illustrated the internal circuitry of the hippocampus in detail that would make the great ancient mapmaker, Ptolemy, proud. Using fluorescent tracers and 3D animation, the scientists show structures, nerve connections and functions in vivid detail. The study appears today in the journal Nature Neuroscience. To read the full article, click HERE

How Scientists Are Treating Breast Cancer Using the Immune System

As a pharmacist, Kathy James considers herself well educated about the importance of getting regular cancer screenings. Even though the 55-year-old had no history of cancer in her family, she never skipped her regular mammograms, and she gave herself regular breast exams. So she was dumbfounded when, during one of those self-exams in May 2017, she felt a marble-size lump in her left breast. A visit to the doctor confirmed it. “The radiologist came in with his hands in his pockets and looked down and said, ‘It doesn’t look good,'” James says. After a biopsy, James and her husband learned she had metastatic breast cancer. It was their 26th wedding anniversary. James immediately wanted to have

IS THIS PROTEIN THE CULPRIT BEHIND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?

What causes Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, but a popular theory suggests a protein known as amyloid-beta slowly builds up a plaque in the brains of people with the disease. But in a recent study in the journal Cell Death & Disease, researchers looked at a new mechanism, which involves a non-amyloid-beta protein, a potassium channel referred to as KCNB1. Under conditions of stress in a brain Alzheimer’s disease affects, KCNB1 builds up and becomes toxic to neurons and then promotes the production of amyloid-beta. A chemical process commonly known as oxidation causes the build-up of KCNB1 channels. To read the full article, click HERE (Credit: Getty Images)

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