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When mom dies from Alzheimer’s

By Kevin Woo for Alzheimer’s Speaks A few months ago Lori Le Bay’s mom died from Alzheimer’s. Le Bay is the founder of Alzeheimer’s Speaks, an Alzheimer’s caregiver advocacy group.  Le Bay’s mom suffered from the disease for more than a quarter century. While her passing was not a surprise, you can never really prepare …

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When $765 million isn’t enough

By Kevin Woo, January 16, 2014, for Alzheimer’s Speaks Last August the National Football League settled a lawsuit with its players union. The league agreed to create a $765 million fund for retired players who suffer the effects of repeated head trauma. The fund is designed to last for 65 years to take into account …

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Can cocoa or coconut milk hold the cure for Alzheimer’s disease?

By Kevin Woo, August 18, 2013 Today I spent some time researching some recent studies relating to Alzheimer’s disease. To my surprise (perhaps skepticism?) I found two stories about the benefits of every day consumer products – cocoa and coconut oil – that claim to have beneficial effects for patients with the disease. According to …

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Alzheimer’s – is there a cure on the horizon?

By Kevin Woo Alzheimer’s Speaks | May 28, 2013 Dr. Michael Devous believes that one day there will be a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. “I think we’re going to cure Alzheimer’s disease, and we’re not far away from it,” says Devous during an interview with the Dallas Morning News. Devous is a professor and director at the …

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EVOO and its benefits for Alzheimer’s patients

By Kevin Woo, Alzheimer’s Speaks | May 5, 2013 Rachael Ray may be on to something. The Food Network star has promoted the health benefits of high-end extra virgin olive oil – or EVOO as she affectionately calls it – for years. But now, researchers from the University of Louisiana think there may also be a …

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Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of sleep

  By Kevin Woo, Alzheimer’s Speaks | May 4, 2013 What time are you going to bed tonight? The answer probably will depend on a number of things you have to do before bedtime: clean up around the house, answer some emails, or maybe prepare for that big meeting in the morning. By the time …

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The importance of donating your brain to science

By Kevin Woo, Alzheimer’s Speaks | May 1, 2013 Millions of people across the country have checked the “organ donor” box in their driver’s license. Although we don’t like to think about it, should something happen, our vital organs will be harvested and given to an organ recipient.  Some of the most commonly transplanted organs …

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Glen Campbell and Earth Day

By Kevin Woo, Alzheimer’s Speaks | April 22, 2013 Today is Earth Day. It’s a day when people around the world stop and take inventory of how their actions affect the planet. Today is also Glen Campbell’s 77th birthday and it was announced that he will release a new album on August 6. The album …

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Mapping the human brain with care

  By Kevin Woo, Special to Alzheimer’s Speaks | February 22, 2013 During his most recent State of the Union address President Obama outlined an ambitious plan to invest billions (with a B) to map the human brain. Perhaps most of America missed the significance of his idea but, in essence, he challenged this generation …

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Fourteen Million People Need Help

  By Kevin Woo Special to Alzheimer’s Speaks | February 9, 2013 Did you hear the “big” news this week?  A “new” study published in the journal, Neurology, estimates that by the year 2050 nearly 14 million people will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and the costs associated with taking care of those patients will likely exceed $1 trillion (give or …

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No Garden Variety Charette

Innovative annual meetings are helping to transform Abe’s Garden into a much-needed center of excellence for the Alzheimer’s community. By Kevin Woo | February 4, 2013 There’s an old joke that often circulates within organizations: How do you measure success? Punchline: One meeting at a time. For Beth Zeitlin, the director of marketing and development …

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Casey Kasem, The Weekly Top 40 and Alzheimer’s

  By Kevin Woo | Special to Alzheimer’s Speaks  January 26, 2013 Remember the days of Casey Kasem and the American Top 40? Anyone with a transistor radio probably spent time on the weekends listening to Kasem’s weekly show as he counted down to the number one most popular song. For me, the countdown was a weekly ritual and holds wonderful memories. As it …

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Would you risk your health to travel in space?

  By Kevin Woo, Special to Alzheimer’s Speaks | January 15, 2013 Cast your gaze to the heavens. Imagine would it would be like to walk on the moon. Perhaps you’re even more adventuresome and hope that someday you’ll have the chance to visit Mars, the planet that holds so much fascination for earthlings. If …

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Would you take a test to see if you have Alzheimer’s Disease?

  By Kevin Woo | Special to Alzheimer’s Speaks December 21, 2012 If you had the opportunity to take a test to see if you are at risk for Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia would you?  This past April, Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, an Eli Lilly subsidiary, received FDA approval for AMYViD, the first diagnostic PET tracer for estimation …

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Can a diabetes drug help Alzheimer’s patients?

  By Kevin Woo | Special to Alzheimer’s Speaks December 12, 2012 Last year a drug known as AC253, which was intended to help diabetics, was pulled from clinical trials and never made it to market. But medical researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered that the same drug, AC253, could block the toxic …

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Home Alone? Say Hello.

By Kevin Woo | Special to Alzheimer’s Speaks December 11, 2012 How do you feel when you’re lonely?  Empty?  Depressed?  Isolated?  The Amsterdam Study of the Elderly recently concluded that of the 2,000 people who participated in a recent study, 64 percent had an increased risk of the disease if they felt alone. Dr. Tjalling …

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Pacemaker-like device studied in Alzheimer’s treatment

  Pacemaker-like device may help stimulate memory in Alzheimer’s patients By Kevin Woo  | Special to Alzheimer’s Speaks December 6, 2012 Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say that implanting a pacemaker, the same one that is currently being used for patients with Parkinson’s disease, may help those with Alzheimer’s. The treatment involves delivering electrical charges …

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Think Pink Rocks for Breast Cancer Causing Gene

  Five years ago, Stephanie Robin began a simple mission to raise awareness for the breast cancer gene (BRCA); now her Think Pink Rocks event attracts a wide variety of hard-to-reach young people and big-name entertainers. By Kevin Woo | December 5, 2012 STEPHANIE ROBIN HAS AN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO THE COLOR PINK. She wears it …

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Alzheimer’s drug could stop disease early say UK researchers

New Alzheimer’s drug, MK-8931, shows promise for patients By Kevin Woo | Special to Alzheimer’s Speaks December 5, 2012 The United Kingdom’s Telegraph newspaper reported this morning that in early 2013 a small number of Alzheimer’s patients with mild-to-moderate stage symptoms could get access to a drug currently known as MK-8931. The drug is in …

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Alzheimer’s disease living and research facility to open in 2014

Abe’s Garden to open new assisted living and academic research facility in Nashville By Kevin Woo | Special to Alzheimer’s Speaks November 30, 2012 In 2014 the first assisted living facility dedicated to those with Alzheimer’s disease will open in Nashville, TN.  The facility, Abe’s Garden, will expand from a 120-bed independent and assisted living …