Alzheimer's

Health
3:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

KU Medical Center Tests Promising Alzheimer's Drug As Part Of Trial

Dr. Jeffrey Burns uses a PET scan to screen patients for an international drug trial.
Credit Stefani Fontana / KCUR

It’s a form of dementia that afflicts as many as 5.2 million people in the United States. It has no cure.

And as the population ages, the number of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to quadruple over the next 35 years, according to a study from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

That means that by 2050, 1 in 85 people will be living with the disease.

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Up to Date
1:41 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Challenges Of Caregiving

Deborah Shouse is the author of 'Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver's Journey.'

No one says that caring for a sick relative is easy, especially when Alzheimer’s disease is involved. However, the day to day struggles of caregivers are often lost in the shuffle. 

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Health
7:43 am
Fri September 27, 2013

KU Med Gets $3 Million To Study The Effect Of Exercise On Alzheimer’s

Study volunteer Joe Gittemeier and KU Med neurology professor Jeffrey Burns.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

With help from a new grant, University of Kansas Medical Center researchers will look at how Alzheimer's might be prevented without drugs. Pharmaceutical companies haven’t had much success fighting the disease, which is the most common form of dementia.

KU Med Dr. Jeff Burns will have older high risk volunteers in the study exercise 150 minutes a week. Burns will scan volunteers’ brains to see how exercise affects amyloid protein, which is linked to the disease.

Burns says even if exercise can only hold off Alzheimer’s, it could make a big difference.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Living With Alzheimer's: Former Congressman Dennis Moore

Former U.S. Rep Dennis Moore served six terms representing Kansas. He went public with his early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis last year.
Laura Ziegler

Alzheimer’s affects so many people these days that many senior living facilities have dedicated wings for sufferers of the disease.

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Health
10:16 am
Fri December 14, 2012

KU Researcher Lands NIH Grant For Alzheimer’s Study

A cross-section of a human brain damaged by Alzheimer's disease.
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A University of Kansas researcher is partnering with a Harvard scientist on a $1.7 million study of a protein believed to play a role in Alzheimer's disease.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:51 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Staying Active Fends Off Alzheimer's, Even In People Over 80

This would count. But even washing the dishes helps fend off dementia in old age.
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Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 11:39 am

Activity cuts the risk of Alzheimer's disease and slows cognitive decline, even in the very old, according to a new study.

There's been plenty of evidence for the "use it or lose it" theory of brain capacity. But this study is one of the first to show that activity of all sorts benefits people over age 80, even if they're not "exercising."

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Health
3:26 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Alzheimer's Awareness

Just before the end of Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, we sit down with experts in the field. We'll talk warning signs, stages, treatments, and new research happening in the Midwest. Plus, another story from The Creativity Connection.

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