Alzheimer's http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Charles County Sheriff’s Dept. Rolls Out New Program To Track Residents Who Wander http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-charles-county-sheriff-s-dept-rolls-out-new-program-track-residents-who-wander <p>Starting today the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department is rolling out a new tool aimed at helping authorities locate residents who have wandered away from caregivers.</p><p>St. Charles County residents can purchase a wristband with a radio tracking device that law enforcement can then use to locate people who have wandered away from their homes.</p><p>Deputy Sheriff Steve Case said the new system has proven effective in other parts of the country.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:12:36 +0000 Tim Lloyd 28794 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Charles County Sheriff’s Dept. Rolls Out New Program To Track Residents Who Wander Finding Balance And Dignity Among The Chaos Of Dementia http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/finding-balance-and-dignity-among-chaos-dementia <p>Dementia is the broad term which refers to diseases which result in a significant loss of cognitive ability.</p><p>Alzheimer’s disease is one of the worst manifestations of dementia.</p><p>A <a href="https://pages.wustl.edu/dementiasymposium">symposium at Washington University in St. Louis</a> this week aims to be a gathering place for people struggling to find balance and dignity among the chaos of dementia.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:03:35 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25702 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Finding Balance And Dignity Among The Chaos Of Dementia Another Study Supports Link Between Alzheimer's And (Poor) Sleep http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/another-study-supports-link-between-alzheimers-and-poor-sleep <p>Another study has shown a link between disrupted sleep patterns and Alzheimer’s disease.</p><p>Researchers at Washington University looked at 32 people who have what’s known as “preclinical” Alzheimer’s disease. They have a marker in their spinal fluid associated with Alzheimer’s, but they still don’t have any symptoms of dementia.</p><p>Wash U neurologist and sleep specialist <a href="http://neuro.wustl.edu/aboutus/facultybiographies/ju/">Yo-El Ju</a> says when she and her colleagues compared those people to 110 healthy controls, they found the two groups slept about the same amount.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:58:48 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 10090 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Another Study Supports Link Between Alzheimer's And (Poor) Sleep Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease: Former Chesterfield Woman Writes Memoir http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/early-onset-alzheimers-disease-former-chesterfield-woman-writes-memoir <p>When <a href="http://www.stefania-silvestri.com/">Stefania Silvestri</a> was 14 years old and living in Chesterfield, her father, who was 48 years old, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.</p><p>At that time Silvestri, her mother, and two sisters became caregivers.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talked with Silvestri about her struggle at such a young age and how her father progressed into more severe forms of dementia.&nbsp; Her memoir is, “Beside the Mountain: Finding Strength and Courage Through My Father's Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease.”</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 21:01:04 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 7981 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease: Former Chesterfield Woman Writes Memoir Study To Test Drugs Aimed At Preventing Alzheimer’s Dementia http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/study-test-drugs-aimed-preventing-alzheimer-s-dementia <p>Washington University will soon lead a clinical trial aimed at preventing people with Alzheimer’s disease from developing dementia.<br><br>The international trial will involve 160 patients in the U.S., Europe, and Australia who have a very rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s, which typically causes dementia before age 50.<br><br>Washington University neurologist and study lead Dr. Randall Bateman says this is one of the first clinical trials to try to treat Alzheimer’s patients before they have any symptoms.<br> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:35:08 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 5257 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Study To Test Drugs Aimed At Preventing Alzheimer’s Dementia New Research In Preventing Alzheimer's Disease http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-research-preventing-alzheimers-disease <p></p><p>Finding effective treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is elusive.&nbsp; While most of what we hear about the disease is depressing, we may be on the threshold of some exciting discoveries concerning prevention.&nbsp; Washington University’s School of Medicine is in the middle of this new research and this hour, host Don Marsh is joined by Dr. John Morris, Director of Washington University’s Alzheimer’s Research Center, to talk about clinical trials aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s disease.</p><p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 20:49:35 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 4685 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Research In Preventing Alzheimer's Disease New research takes step toward catching Alzheimer's early http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-research-takes-step-toward-catching-alzheimers-early <p>A new study led by Washington University confirms that the brains of people with <a href="http://www.dian-info.org/default.htm">a very rare, early-onset form of Alzheimer&#39;s disease</a> begin to change long before they first show signs of dementia.</p><p>The research brings us a step closer to early diagnosis of the more common type Alzheimer&#39;s that produces symptoms after age 60.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:00:06 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4101 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New research takes step toward catching Alzheimer's early Mo. House debating FY2013 state budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-debating-fy2013-state-budget <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> is debating all 13 bills this afternoon that make up the state&rsquo;s proposed budget for next year.</p><p>Lawmakers are offering up several amendments to the budget &ndash; one in particular would have shifted $150,000 from the state&rsquo;s biodiesel fund to Alzheimer&rsquo;s patients.&nbsp; It was sponsored by&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=083">State&nbsp;Rep.&nbsp;Tracy McCreery </a>(I,&nbsp;Olivette). Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:50:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3310 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House debating FY2013 state budget Study: new Alzheimer’s marker can predict rate of memory loss http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/study-new-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-marker-can-predict-rate-memory-loss <p>A new marker for Alzheimer&#39;s disease can be used to predict how quickly a patient will develop memory loss and other symptoms of dementia.</p><p>Researchers at Washington University measured levels of a marker called visinin-like protein 1 in in the spinal fluid of 60 patients in the early stages of Alzheimer&#39;s then tracked their symptoms for three years.</p><p>Neurologist Dr. Rawan Tarawneh, now at the University of Jordan, led <a href="http://www.neurology.org/content/78/10/709.abstract">the study</a>.</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 22:23:09 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3205 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Study: new Alzheimer’s marker can predict rate of memory loss Changes in marker for Alzheimer's linked to sleep cycle http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/changes-marker-alzheimers-linked-sleep-cycle <p>Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have shown a relationship between daily sleep patterns and a protein associated with Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease.</p><p>The researchers found that levels of the beta amyloid protein in spinal fluid increased during waking hours and decreased during sleep.</p><p>Wash U neurologist Randall Bateman says that pattern was strongest in young, healthy test subjects. It lessened in people over sixty, and disappeared altogether in Alzheimer&rsquo;s patients.</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:30:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2116 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Changes in marker for Alzheimer's linked to sleep cycle