Healthy older adults with no symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are the focus of a large study involving 61 medical centers across the U.S., Canada and Australia. The Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study aims to find out if Eli Lilly’s solanezumab, which failed in earlier studies to help people with Alzheimer’s symptoms, will help prevent Alzheimer’s if given long before symptoms appear. Solanezumab did show some promise in the earlier clinical trials for people who had mild cognitive impairment (MCI) which can signal an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study is one of four NIH-supported Alzheimer’s studies to focus on innovative treatments, thus the umbrella name A4.
Lead researcher Reisa Sperling, professor in neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospit...
In this entry, I would like to discuss some things to think about as families go back to school in terms of asthma. One is the increase in asthma exacerbations during this period, and the other some thoughts about asthma control as kids go back to school.
Asthma gets worse in September For several years, doctors and patients have observed that asthma control, including asthma exacerbations, increase in September. Some doctors and scientists have even called the increase in hospitalizations for asthma the "September Epidemic."
The reason for this remained obscure until recent studies that looked into the major causes of worsening asthma control and if they changed in September. It turns out that the increase in asthma worsening and kids going back to school are not merely coincidences. A detailed study of asthma attacks looking at many individuals (using 12 years of hospitalization data from the Canadian health ministry) showed that there is a sharp spike in asthma hospitalizati...
<p><strong>What Is A Common Cold? </strong></p>
<p>“Common cold” is a general term for a group of minor, highly contagious viral infections that cause inflammation of the mucous linings of the nose and throat. Cold symptoms generally develop one to three days after exposure to the virus, and the virus is contagious for the first two to three days of symptoms. Colds tend to be more frequent in the winter than in the summer, and they’re more common among children than adults, since immunity to many cold viruses develops with age.</p>
<p>No cure for the common cold exists, but spontaneous recovery generally occurs within a week to 10 days. Colds can cause serious complications in people who suffer from chronic respiratory disorders and other medical conditions.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets A Common Cold? </strong></p>
<p>Anyone can catch a cold. Adults...
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