Genes are the specific DNA blueprints for life, and all genes play roles that are essential for health. But some can carry DNA variants that influence risk for disease, either by increasing or decreasing susceptibility. If a variation in a gene is very rare, it’s called a mutation. The mutation may cause disease, increase risk for a disease, protect against a disease, or have no impact on health at all.
The New York Times Magazine appearing on Sunday, June 10, 2012, and available now online, carries a powerful narrative of a family’s journey through the tragedy of early-onset Alzheimer’s. It is a great contribution to Alzheimer’s awareness and the need for more research to end this disease, and a reinforcement of the priorities that the director of the National Institutes of Health has put on genetic research into the origins of Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Cathy Greenblat hasn’t always been a photographer, but she has always followed her heart. Before taking early retirement from Rutgers University, where she was a sociology professor for 35 years, she took a sabbatical in the spring of 2001 and made a decision that ultimately would change her life.
Alzheimer’s research for many years has been dominated by a focus on Abeta “plaques,” a focus that largely has overlooked the other infamous hallmark of the disease—the tau-based neurofibrillary “tangles.” The research world recently has broadened its scope to include significant research into tau.
Bobby Zerwick left his comfortable home in Pennsylvania last March 10 with two goals: To hike the entire Appalachian Trail this summer and to raise much-needed research funds to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The hike started at Springer Mountain in Georgia, and Bobby will hike north for a total of about five months. His journey will be completed this late summer or early fall when he reaches Mount Katahdin in Maine, having traveled more than 2,175 miles.
THE COMING ALZHEIMER’S TSUNAMI: Society’s Next Big Challenge
Given the worldwide concern about Alzheimer’s disease, Mr. Kalyan Banerjee, president of Rotary International, invited Cure Alzheimer’s Fund to present at the Rotary Club’s Annual Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 9, 2012.
Alzheimer's is not just an issue in the United States: It has the potential to cause catastrophe throughout the world. This video explains the devastating nature of the Alzheimer's epidemic and what Cure Alzheimer's Fund scientists are doing to help combat the disease.
This video premiered at the Rotary Club's Annual Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on May 9, 2012. Read article here.
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