plaques and tangles

I am reposting the May 25, 2012 e-article that AARP sent out by email.  This article perfectly fits my blog because it features the Alzheimer’s study I am involved in: Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).  Dr. Weiner says a new drug has been approved that gives early detection of amyloid plaques.  The video says ADNI, this research project, is looking for new volunteers.

If you are interested in finding out more about being a volunteer, the coordinator of the program in Houston is:

Munir H Chowdhury
Research Coordinator III and Psychometrician
Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center
1977 Butler Boulevard. Suite- E5.101
Houston, TX 77030
713-798-7434 (F)

Here is the link to the news video accompanying the AARP article.  You must copy & paste on a new page of your browser to see this video.  It is 3.33 minutes long and has more information than the text below (including showing Dr. Weiner swimming in San Francisco bay) —

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Inside E Street

Early Detection of Alzheimer’s

Drug may detect Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

from: Inside E Street | May 25, 2012

Until recently, the only way to definitively diagnose Alzheimer’s — America’s sixth-leading cause of death — was through an autopsy.

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But recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Amyvid, a new drug that may help doctors detect signs of the disease in the brain of live patients. The drug allows researchers to use imaging scans to detect amyloid plaque, the brain protein that is thought to be the telltale sign of the disease.

Michael Weiner, M.D., heads up the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), which is currently conducting the largest clinical research study of Alzheimer’s in the United States. With the help of Amyvid, his team’s research could help diagnose Alzheimer’s years before symptoms are displayed.

Despite more than 1,000 volunteers, including Weiner himself, ADNI is expanding their research by seeking new patients, both those with Alzheimer’s and, especially, those with mild cognitive impairment.

Also of interest: 10 easy ways to keep your mind fit.

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