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Posted by teejay on August 20, 2000 at 00:24:01:

In Reply to: Early screening for Alzheimer's posted by Jack on August 17, 2000 at 16:18:08:

My husband had the MRI and the memory tests, but not at the same time. I read that report, also, and wondered if it was ongoing now. However, it's too late for my husband. But, we have 3 children, and 3 grands, and a great, so I'm still hoping for a breakthrough. I DEFINITELY believe it is, or can be, genetic. Otherwise, why would his grandmother, mother, 3 uncles, and an aunt all in the same immediate family suffer from it? I sure would like to find some clinical trials to participate in with the hopes of helping reaearch along in some way.
I recognized the symptoms early on because of the other family members with it, so I only needed confirmation. Others do not pick up on it as quickly if it is not in the family.

It is such a devasting disease to deal with.

teejay


: Hello, everyone. How are you all doing? I read about a study that said people with genetic risk have brains that work a lot harder than those people without genetic risk. MRI scans showed more blood flow--more effort--while doing memory exercises. Because the brains have to work harder, they age faster. But the scan can show this long before any Alzheimer symptoms begin. So early treatment can start and be more effective. I think it's great to have some progress made and exposed in Alzheimer's. Hopefully they can come up with a cure in the next few years.


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