How to Talk to Someone With Alzheimer’s

“I don’t think anyone’s ever won an argument with a person with Alzheimer’s,” says Ruth Drew, who worked as a counselor in a hospital’s geriatric psychiatric ward before becoming a director with the Alzheimer’s Association, where she oversees the 24-hour 1-800 help line. Drew’s grandfather was afflicted with the degenerative brain disease. He would often…

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Objective subtle cognitive difficulties predict amyloid accumulation and neurodegeneration

Writing in the December 30, 2019 online issue of Neurology, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System report that accumulating amyloid — an abnormal protein linked to neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) — occurred faster among persons deemed to have “objectively-defined subtle cognitive…

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Making blood on demand: How far have we come?

The reconstitution of the blood system in humans holds great therapeutic potential to treat many disorders, like blood cancers, sickle-cell anemia and others. Successful reconstitution requires the transplantation and engraftment of hematopoietic (or blood) stem cells (HSCs), which after reaching their niche, start producing all types of blood cells, including platelets, white and red blood…

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