Researchers at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain have uncovered a sad truth about early onset Alzheimer's disease - that more than half of those who develop it are misdiagnosed because they exhibit symptoms not customarily associated with Alzheimer's.
If you're having trouble remembering where you parked your car or put your keys and refer to these occasions as 'senior moments,' you're not wrong - because, as we age, we lose the ability to form new memories. This is not news; but what is new is that memory formation can now be observed through three different kinds of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). And this ability may lead to better memory drugs and faster proof of their efficacy.
Some 400 million people worldwide are classified as obese. The manufacturer of the first implant to treat obesity, EnteroMedics, has vowed to install its first VBLOC implant in an obese person before the end of 2011. It has not yet passed muster in the U.S. but the VBLOC is in Phase III clinical investigations, so the device has a chance of making it into someone's tummy this year.
I'm giving you a head start this Mother's Day with an early idea for a Grandma gift, because the 'Photo Frame Table' doesn't come with your pictures. You will have to collect or create photos that fit in the frames; that's why you should get started now.
Thanks to Silvestre Alavez, a staff scientist in the Lithgow Lab at the Buck Institute for the Research on Aging in Novato, California, we may be able to slow down the progression of disease processes, particularly Alzheimer's disease, and extend human life span. And the substance that could do it has been right under Alzheimer's diagnostic microscopes all along.