Alzheimer's to get big funding from Obama administration~

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    Alzheimer's research to get big U.S. funding boost

    No objections, but we really should have figured out how to extend the life of the brain before we extended the length of time the heart would continue to beat.
     
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    Aricept can help advanced cases too...
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    Alzheimer's drug aids more severe cases too: study
    7 Mar.`12 - The most widely prescribed drug to treat mild Alzheimer's disease, Aricept (donepezil), has been shown for the first time to help patients with more severe cases too, a study said Wednesday.
    See also:

    Alzheimer's patients 'should stay on drugs for longer'
    7 March 2012 - Alzheimer's disease drugs raise levels of the neurotransmitter acetyl choline
     
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    The biggest advance is that donepezil went generic and dropped from about $3,000/yr to $100/yr.
     
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    Is Obama pulling this funding out of his ass,You do know we are broke,fast going the way of Greece,Obama -bankrupting this Country one day at a time:clap2:
     
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    It would help if the doctors would listen to the families...
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    Test Might Provide Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis
    April 23, 2012 - Currently, only way to diagnose brain-wasting disease is after patient's death
     
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    If doctors listened to families, my wife would have had me committed years ago. :D
     
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    I diagnose Alzheimer's early all the time. The work up involves a CT scan, labs to rule out B12 and folate deficiency, blood dyscrasias, electrolyte imbalance, and a simple 30 question memory test. The biggest clue a person has dementia is intractible depression. When a person has depression that simply doesn't respond to ANY antidepressants or combination thereof, it is most likely a symptom of dementia and does respons to an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. What they have lost doesn't ususally come back, but if you can diagnose it that early they haven't lost much. But they can notice an improvement in their level of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance. They may have a little paranoia which goes quickly away with a very mild antipsychotic over a very short time, it is not good to give older folks those drugs as they increase the risk of stroke. But sometimes the person is just so paranoid that nothing else helps. Once the paranoia is gone, and they are on the ACH inhibitor, the antipsychotic can be stopped. (Normal CT does not necessarily mean they are not demented, but the CT scan will often show cerebral atrophy if they are.)

    Many diseases are still diagnosed by the clinical work up rather than through a 'test.' If your MD or NP knows what they are doing Alzheimer's or any other dementia, and there are several, should not go undetected. Hint: Go to a specialist not your primary care provider.
     
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    Come on folks, Obama BELIEVES our tax dollars are his to do as he wishes and we should just sit and hail him a hero.
     
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    Well, science has enabled our bodies to live much longer, but not our minds. The person who can live to be 200 is likely already born or will be born in the next 10 years. Too bad, the person will be too out of it to enjoy the longevity.
     
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    it the greatest BS drug is US history. It has no effect long term whatsoever. It may slow it down for a moment but then you go back to where you would have been if you had never taken it.
     

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