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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
8:02 pm
Interesting article on the beginnings of a new research program... A lot to be proven yet.

The key word here is "may" be...

Browning meat in the oven, grill or frying pan produces chemicals which may increase the risk of developing dementia, US researchers suggest.

Click the link following, for more of the article.

Cooking meat 'may be dementia risk'

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
9:56 pm
Who wants it?
So, I suck as a maintainer and would like to allow some one who has more time and/or passion for this community to make it all that it can be. I know that there isn't any traffic. I blame myself and my lack of time or energy spent here getting things going. So, as any "good" leader who sees where their leadership is severely lacking, I'm stepping down. I don't want to relinquish the reigns over to some one who will abuse the community, so I'm asking anyone interested to post a comment and let me know why I should hand things over to you. It doesn't have to be long winded or flashy, I just want to see some thought from you so that this community can get a maintainer who'll do it justice.
Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
3:07 pm
Memory Ride 2005

It doesn't look like this community has gotten much action lately but I'm really trying to raise funds here so what the hell...please help if you can.

I am training to participate in a very special and powerful event to help fight the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. In July 2005, I along with 250 other people have committed to bike ride for two days 150 miles from Vermont, across New Hampshire to Boston in an event known as Memory Ride. I am riding to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research.

The Memory Ride is a non-profit organization that raises funds specifically for Alzheimer’s research. Through the Alzheimer’s Association research program, all of the funds raised by riders will support the Memory Ride Grant for Alzheimer’s research. Memory Ride’s operating costs are generously underwritten by several corporate sponsors to allow this to occur.

In my desire to do as much as possible, I have agreed to raise a minimum of $750.00 in pledges. That is the required amount for all riders in the Memory Ride for the privilege to ride. I have set a personal goal of raising $1500. Please consider making a pledge. 100% of the money raised will go directly to research. So whatever amount you feel comfortable giving WILL help.

This ride will be a challenge for me both physically and emotionally. I have watched helplessly as my grandmother, Margelia, has deteriorated over the past 10 years. I can only imagine how she felt watching her mother suffer for 20 years with this same illness. You can read about my March 2005 visit with her here. I am not a doctor or a nursing home caregiver or a researcher but I can help in this small way.

Please feel free to forward this message on to anyone you think may consider helping me reach my goal. And be sure to see if your company will match your donation. It will make your dollars go farther. (E-mail me for info to include with your match.)

Click here to donate online with your credit card. If you would prefer to send a check, e-mail me at dj_boi@hotmail.com to find out specifics.

Experts predict that as baby boomers age, Alzheimer's may affect as many as 14 million people nationwide. Alzheimer's is widespread, affecting 10% or more of those over age 65 and nearly half of those over age 85. Its increasing prevalence has led epidemiologists to call Alzheimer's "the disease of the century." Please join me now in doing all we can to put an end to this.
Saturday, October 2nd, 2004
1:24 am
`Spectacular' Alzheimer's Breakthrough Possible

By GARY HABER ghaber@tampatrib.com
Tampa Tribune
Published: Oct 2, 2004

TAMPA - A team of Finnish researchers working with Tampa's Johnnie B. Byrd Sr. Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute has developed a drug that could be a major advancement for people with spinal cord injuries and degenerative diseases including Alzheimer's.

The researchers, led by Paivi Liesi, at the University of Helsinki, isolated a combination of amino acids known as tripeptide lysine-aspartic acid isoleucine. When tested in rats, the combination prevented neurotoxins from destroying neurons in the rats' brains.

The therapy could slow or even reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease, the researchers said. It could be a boon for the millions of people dealing with the condition because there are few medications available for those in the later stages of the disease.

The combination of amino acids isolated by Liesi and her team may hold promise for people with spinal cord injuries. Tests showed it regenerated nerve impulses in laboratory rats with damaged spinal cords. Those rats, whose spinal cords had been severed, regained limited body movement after the drug was administered.

``This is one of the most spectacular results I've seen in the last five years,'' said Huntington Potter, the Byrd center's chief executive officer. ``The promise is very, very great.''

The results of the yearlong test were published Friday in the Journal of Neuroscience Research, a top publication in its field, where studies are evaluated by other scientists before being accepted for publication in a process known as peer review.

``To be published in there, it would have to be a very good study,'' said Paul Sanberg, distinguished professor of neuroscience at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and director of USF's Center for Aging and Brain Repair.

If the drug is successful in humans, it could be a major advancement for the millions of Americans with spinal cord injuries and the 4.5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's, a number expected to grow to more than 14 million by 2050.

Ed Bergman, assistant director for family advocacy for the Alzheimer's Association in Chicago, said his group will be watching the results of future tests.

``We're happy for any development that has promise,'' Bergman said. ``We're constantly hopeful for a cure. That's our dream every day, that this is the day a cure will be found.''

The research also could lead to important treatment for people suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, Sanberg said.

It will take years of research and backing from a pharmaceutical manufacturer or biotechnology company to finance millions of dollars of clinical trials on humans to determine that, he said.

``It's a lot easier to get a rat moving from a spinal cord injury than it is a human,'' Sanberg said.

Potter said that after continued testing in rats, initial human testing could begin within six months to a year. If human testing proves the drug is effective, it could take another three to seven years to win Food and Drug Administration approval to make the drug widely available.

The Byrd center, which is building a $20 million research facility at the University of South Florida, contributed about $250,000 to help fund Liesi's work, Potter said.

The initial research was conducted in Helsinki. Some of the next phase of testing will take place in Tampa, Potter said.
Thursday, September 30th, 2004
12:52 pm
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know that on January 5th I'll be walking in The Alzheimer Society of British Columbia's WALK FOR MEMORIES in memory of my grandmother Grace Edna Totten. In hopes of rasing money for this cause, I did a watercolour painting of forget-me-nots and came up with a slogan ("remember to help those who can't remember") and turned them into a logo. I'm selling various items (which can be personalized with the name of a loved one--just email me at stuff1975@hotmail.com) at CafePress and am looking for your support.

If you or anyone you know has been unfortunate enough to come in contact with this heartbreaking disease, please vistit my store and kindly consider purchasing one of the items to help me in my fundraising efforts.


Friday, June 25th, 2004
10:33 pm
ALERT! Progress Report
Read the growing list of Congressional co-sponsors of the Ronald Reagan Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2004 (S2533/H4595). 81 members have already signed on!

This is a great start, but we still need your help. If you don't see your Representative or Senator listed below, we urge you to take action today!

Senate - 56 House - 25
Shelby (R-AL) Schiff (D-CA)
Lincoln (D-AR) Waxman (D-CA)
Boxer (D-CA) Manzullo (R-IL)
Dodd (D-CT) Markey (D-MA)
Carper (D-DE) Meehan (D-MA)
Graham, Bob (D-FL) Neal (D-MA)
Nelson, Bill (D-FL) Olver (D-MA)
Akaka (D-HI) Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Grassley (R-IA) Van Hollen (D-MD)
Harkin (D-IA) Kildee (D-MI)
Durbin (D-IL) Ramstad (R-MN)
Bayh (D-IN) McCarthy, Karen (D-MO)
Brownback (R-KS) Menendez (D-NJ)
Roberts (R-KS) Saxton (R-NJ)
Murkowski (R-K) Smith, Christopher (R-NJ)
Breaux (D-LA) McCarthy, Carolyn (D-NY)
Landrieu (D-LA) McNulty (D-NY)
Kennedy (D-MA) Holden (D-PA)
Kerry (D-MA) Hoeffel (D-PA)
Collins (R-ME) Kennedy, Patrick (D-RI)
Mikulski (D-MD) Green, Gene (D-TX)
Sarbanes (D-MD) Jackson-Lee, Sheila (D-TX)
Stabenow (D-MI) McDermott (D-WA)
Coleman (R-MN) Green, Mark (R-WI)
Dayton (D-MN) Kind (D-WI)
Bond (R-MO)
Talent (R-MO)
Hagel (R-NB)
Nelson, Ben (D-NE)
Reid, Harry (D-NV)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Domenici (R-NM)
Clinton (D-NY)
Schumer (D-NY)
Dole (R-NC)
Edwards (D-NC)
DeWine (R-OH)
Smith, Gordon (R-OR)
Wyden (D-OR)
Santorum (R-PA)
Specter (R-PA)
Reed, Jack (D-RI)
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)
Hollings (D-SC)
Daschle (D-SD)
Johnson (D-SD)
Alexander (T-TN)
Hutchinson, Kay Bailey (R-TX)
Hatch (R-UT)
Allen (R-VA)
Warner (R-VA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Murray (D-WA)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Kohl (D-WI)

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