CLEVELAND, Ohio – While grieving her father’s death early last year, Pam Barton learned that her mother, Norma Keller, had Alzheimer’s disease – a fact that her father had hidden from the rest of the family for some time.To honor her mother -- Norma Keller who died in September at age 88 -- Barton, 64, signed up for an Alzheimer’s study at University Hospitals called the Generation Program, a study seeking to cure and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia.The study conducts genetic tests on volunteers to see if they carry gene markers that increase their risk for Alzheimer’s.“By golly, I can lend my healthy body to research,” said Barton, who lives near Columbus. “Research is so key in anything.”UH is one of several sites internationally participating in the Generation Program. It is sponsored by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, a Phoenix, Arizona-based organization supporting research and … [Read more...] about Alzheimer’s study at UH seeks cure by looking for genetic clues
Dementia genetic testing
Even a couple of decades ago, the role that genetics plays in Alzheimer's disease was still largely a mystery. But times have changed. Today, you can write a check, send a sample of your saliva to a private company, and learn whether you carry the gene most associated with the risk of Alzheimer's. But do you really want to know? What would you do with that information? How would it benefit you? Those are the kinds of questions that medical experts are urging people to ask before they send away for a genetic testing kit and get back a result they aren't prepared to deal with. "The genie is out of the bottle," says Dr. Lori Frank, a member of the scientific advisory board for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. "It's a good idea for people to understand what a genetic test can do and can't do, and the consequences of learning the information." Genetic testing is all the rage these days. On Black Friday, when 23andMe offered its at-home genetic testing kit for half off, it was touted … [Read more...] about Sure, you can learn your genetic risk for Alzheimer’s. But do you really want to know?
WELLNESS 09/19/2018 11:22 am ET Updated 20 minutes ago Breaking down what you need to know about the brain conditions. Colleen Travers On Assignment For HuffPost Seeing someone you love like a parent or grandparent experience memory loss can be crushing. However, just because someone starts having slip-ups doesn’t automatically mean they’re showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. It could, of course, be nothing. Or cognitive confusion or decline could be more of a sign of dementia ― which isn’t the same thing as Alzheimer’s, despite what many people might think. Although there’s an overlap between the two, there are some important differences to note. Below is information on how dementia and Alzheimer’s vary, so you can help your loved ones ― or yourself ― get the right kind of treatment. Dementia is an umbrella term for many different conditions ― including Alzheimer’s Dementia can sum up many … [Read more...] about So THAT’S The Difference Between Alzheimer’s And Dementia
Last year, Barbara’s husband thought it would be fun to learn more about their family’s history, so he bought 23andMe gene-testing kits for himself, Barbara, and their three daughters for Christmas. Barbara was curious about which countries her relatives had come from, so she loved the idea. She thought she had little to worry about when the company sent her a bonus in the spring: a health-risk report. Boy, was she wrong. Once she understood it, she realized the information in that report was devastating. She has a much higher risk than most people of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a deadly form of dementia with no cure and no good treatment. That’s bad news for the whole family. Her husband, who does not have the bad mutation, may have to take care of her. Her daughters will have lower risk than she does because of her husband’s genes, but they have inherited one copy of a gene that raises their risk too. While she is now “at … [Read more...] about That genetic test under your Christmas tree might be Pandora’s box
It is no secret that wildfires and wood smoke negatively affect air quality in Helena and across Montana, and Lewis and Clark and several other counties received failing grades in a recent report from the American Lung Association.Lewis and Clark County has the dubious distinction of ranking the 19th most polluted county for short-term particle pollution in the association’s annual state of the air report, earning an “F” grade. Short-term particles such as soot from wildfires impacts air quality, and the report looks at the number of days from 2014-2016 the county fell below health standards.“I think one of the take-aways for people is to just understand there is a health harm in breathing air pollution,” said Carrie Nyssen, vice president of air quality and advocacy. “That’s an important thing in Montana with wildfires and the horrible inversions you can get.”While Lewis and Clark struggled for short-term pollution days, it received a … [Read more...] about Lewis & Clark County gets an ‘F’ for short-term air quality, but passes year-round test