What is Alzheimer's Disease?

New Studies Point to Roles that Gene, Inflammation Play in Alzheimer's

Dorian Martin Health Guide November 15, 2012
  • Two new studies have identified a specific gene called TREM2 that seems to greatly increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and point to the role that inflammation may have in this disease. The first study out of Iceland sequenced the genomes of 2,251 people who lived in that country. This te...

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  • Carol Bradley Bursack
    Health Guide
    Nov. 15, 2012

    Genetics seem to be one of the major new targets for AD research. Thanks for this addition, Dorian.

    Carol

  • Kathryn
    Nov. 18, 2012

    I've just joined this site to read more on latest studies.  I believe my husband has begun showing signs of Alzheimers.  His Mother had this as well as an aunt on his Mother's side of the family. I've noticed his memory has not been good for at least 4 years, but lately it has become obvious to one he is friends with.

    Last night he even asked me if...

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    I've just joined this site to read more on latest studies.  I believe my husband has begun showing signs of Alzheimers.  His Mother had this as well as an aunt on his Mother's side of the family. I've noticed his memory has not been good for at least 4 years, but lately it has become obvious to one he is friends with.

    Last night he even asked me if we had gifts to take to the family gathering we are going to next week (Thanksgiving).  I said no, not until Christmas.

    So it seems to me that genetics is playing a role in what we may be facing.

    • Carol Bradley Bursack
      Health Guide
      Nov. 19, 2012

      The genetic link is stongest in early onset Alzheimer's (before age 65). However, even with older people there seems to a greater risk when people have relatives with the disease. I hope your husband will get tested soon, as there are drugs that can help slow the decline in some people. A good doctor should be able to help manage this disease. You both will...

      RHMLucky777

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      The genetic link is stongest in early onset Alzheimer's (before age 65). However, even with older people there seems to a greater risk when people have relatives with the disease. I hope your husband will get tested soon, as there are drugs that can help slow the decline in some people. A good doctor should be able to help manage this disease. You both will need the support.

      Good luck,

      Carol

    • Dorian Martin
      Health Guide
      Nov. 19, 2012

      Hi, Kathryn,

       

      I agree with Carol's assessment. Please do encourage your husband to get testing done so you can both know what's happening.


      Take care and keep us posted!


      Dorian

    • Kathryn
      Nov. 19, 2012

      The NP that I work for has given him Namenda which he has begun tonight.  I will keep updates as things progress, or if the medicine seems to help.

       

      I feel better to just have a connection with ones that understand what Alzheimers is all about.

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