Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s

STUDY: Viagra May Be Effective Against Alzheimer’s

Science Alert reports: Usage of the medication sildenafil – better known to most as the brand-name drug Viagra – is associated with dramatically reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. According to a study led by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, taking sildenafil is tied to a nearly 70 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s compared to non-users. That’s …

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GOP Senator Wants Cognition Tests For Aging Leaders

Axios reports: Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a physician, told me during an “Axios on HBO” interview that he favors cognition tests for aging leaders of all three branches of government. Cassidy, a gastroenterologist, told me during our wide-ranging interview in Chalmette, La., that in your 80s, you begin a “rapid decline.” Noting he wasn’t talking about specific people, Cassidy said: …

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Major Hospitals Won’t Carry New Alzheimer’s Med

Reuters reports: The rollout of Biogen Inc’s Alzheimer’s drug is hitting new roadblocks as some large hospitals decide not to use it and many health insurers await coverage terms from Medicare, the U.S. health plan for people aged 65 and older, before setting their own policies. Cleveland Clinic, one of the country’s best-known health systems, and New York’s Mount Sinai …

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FDA Limits Usage Of New Alzheimer’s Medication

The Washington Post reports: The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday limited the recommended use of a controversial new Alzheimer’s drug to patients with mild cognitive impairment or early dementia from the disease — a major change from the original label that included everyone with the illness. The revised label clarifies that the drug, called Aduhelm, is intended for patients …

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CEO Defends $56K Annual Cost Of Alzheimer’s Med

CNBC reports: Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos told CNBC on Monday that the list price of $56,000 per year for the company’s FDA-approved Alzheimer’s disease drug aducanumab is “fair.” That being said, the Massachusetts-based biotech company has vowed to not increase the price of the medication, which is marketed under the name Aduhelm, for the next four years, Vounatsos said. The …

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FDA Approves Biogen’s New Alzheimer’s Medication

CNBC reports: The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Biogen Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab, making it the first drug cleared by U.S. regulators to slow cognitive decline in people living with Alzheimer’s and the first new medicine for the disease in nearly two decades. The FDA’s decision was highly anticipated. The drug, which is marketed under the name Aduhelm, is …

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FDA To Rule Tomorrow On New Alzheimer’s Medication

The New York Times reports: The Food and Drug Administration is on the verge of announcing one of its most contentious decisions in years: the fate of an Alzheimer’s drug that could be the first treatment approved after nearly two decades of failed efforts to find ways to curb the debilitating disease. On Monday, the agency will rule on the …

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Tony Bennett’s Family Reveals His Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

AARP Magazine reports: Tony Bennett has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of age-related dementia. Alzheimer’s is characterized by a progressive memory loss that robs its sufferers of many of the gifts that we all take for granted — speech, understanding, treasured memories, recognition of loved ones — and leaves them utterly dependent on caregivers. Although he can still recognize …

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Major Study To Probe COVID/Cognitive Decline Links

The Washington Post reports: There is compelling evidence that covid-19 will have long-term effects on the brains and nervous systems of survivors as they age, and researchers on Tuesday announced a large international study to investigate the correlation between the coronavirus and cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia in later life. Decades of evidence from other respiratory viruses, along …

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Blood Test To Detect Alzheimer’s Goes On Sale To Labs

The Associated Press reports: A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia. It also raises concern about the accuracy and impact of such life-altering news. Independent experts are leery because key test results have not …

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Book: Trump Mocked Father’s Battle With Alzheimer’s

The Insider reports: Donald Trump mocked his father, Fred Trump Sr., as he started succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease in the last six years of life, according to new details from a forthcoming tell-all from the president’s niece. Mary L. Trump, the 55-year-old daughter of the president’s late older brother, Fred Trump Jr., is due to publish “Too Much and Never …

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Anonymous Book Goes There On Trump’s Mental State

Last last night multiple outlets ran excerpts from the coming anonymous book by a White House insider. “It’s like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him,” the author writes. “You’re stunned, amused, and embarrassed all …

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US Researchers Report Advance In Alzheimer’s Vaccine

CBS News reports: University of New Mexico researchers are working on a vaccine they hope could prevent Alzheimer’s disease, UNM’s Health and Sciences Department Associate Professor Kiran Bhaskar, who’s been passionate about studying the disease for the last decade, says the work started with an idea in 2013. Bhaskar and his team started to test the vaccine on mice. It …

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Scientists Revive Cells In Brains From Dead Pigs

The New York Times reports: In a study that raises profound questions about the line between life and death, researchers have restored some cellular activity to brains removed from slaughtered pigs. The brains did not regain anything resembling consciousness: There were no signs indicating coordinated electrical signaling, necessary for higher functions like awareness and intelligence. But in an experimental treatment, …

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FDA Warns 17 Companies Over Fake Alzheimer’s Cures

CNBC reports: The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it sent warning letters to more than a dozen companies the agency said are “illegally selling” products that claim to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these products, which are often sold on websites and social media platforms, “have not been reviewed by the FDA and are not proven safe …

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Sandra Day O’Connor Reveals Dementia Diagnosis

NBC News reports: Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to have served on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday that she was diagnosed with the beginning stages of dementia “some time ago,” and likely has Alzheimer’s disease. “As this condition has progressed, I am no longer able to participate in public life,” O’Connor, 88, wrote in a letter released through the …

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CHINA: Scientists Successfully Clone Monkeys [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: For the first time, researchers have used the cloning method that produced Dolly the sheep to create two healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans. Since Dolly’s birth in 1996, scientists have cloned nearly two dozen kinds of mammals, including dogs, cats, pigs, cows and polo …

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POLL: 77% Say Trump Should Have Dementia Checkup

CNN reports: Americans continue to broadly support annual checkups for their commander in chief, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, but they are divided about how much information about his or her health a president ought to make public. The poll finds that 82% feel a president should be required to take an annual physical examination to …

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Trump: I Have The Same Problem Reagan Did

The Week reports: Trump’s announcement that he will handle questions of his mental capacity in the style of former President Ronald Reagan is an odd choice, explains a Washington Post analysis, given that Reagan revealed an Alzheimer’s diagnosis soon after leaving office: “The news media did indeed question Reagan’s mental health at times, but such questions were at least somewhat …

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World Net Daily Promotes Alzheimer’s “Cure” Drink

World Net Daily regularly sends out email blasts to “introduce major advertisers to our loyal readers.” This one just arrived: Can a homemade “beverage” permanently end Alzheimer’s disease? That’s what experts are now claiming after seeing THIS drink in action. Recently, a Tufts University educator unveiled an Alzheimer’s-Reversing “Cocktail” recipe and, after watching dramatic transformations of the patients who used …

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