Please Explain: Alzheimer’s

Friday, October 03, 2008

An estimated 27 million people worldwide are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Find out what Alzheimer’s is all about, and whether there are ways to prevent it or slow its progress. Dr. Richard Mayeux is co-director of the Taub Institute of Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Samuel Gandy is a neurologist at Mount Sinai.


Dr. Samuel Gandy and Dr. Richard Mayeux

Comments [11]

DG from Park Slope

Are there any successful treatments? Are there any drug treatments that don't have negative side effects?

Oct. 03 2008 01:54 PM
Renee from NJ

Can you talk about THC; regeneration of Pyramoidal cell regeneration. Are there any new studies on this and it's connection to Alzheimer's?

Oct. 03 2008 01:53 PM
Tom from NYC

My mother's Alzheimer's became more noticeable after going under general anesthesia during cataract surgery. Is there any indication of a connection to anesthestics?

Oct. 03 2008 01:52 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

creutzfeld-jacob (cjd) /alzheimers link:

Oct. 03 2008 01:50 PM
DG from Park Slope

I missed the beginning of the show... How would you suggest broaching the subject with an elderly parent who doesn't want to address the symptoms of memory loss etc??

Oct. 03 2008 01:49 PM
Jenny from NYC

I have heard that a sudden tendency to frequently make errors in easy math, along with short-term memory problems, indicate Alzheimer's. What else could it indicate? Could encephalitis from lack of blood flow (inflamed blood vessels) do it?

Oct. 03 2008 01:43 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

please ask about the parallels between kreutzfeld-jacob disease, alzheimer's and dementia, please. much has been written about this, but i rarely hear it discussed in mainstream media broadcast.

Oct. 03 2008 01:41 PM
Steve from Baldwin, Long Island

Is Alzheimer's a severe form of dementia or are they different diseases?

Oct. 03 2008 12:53 PM
Susan Perko from Westchester, NY

Please talk about solutions to sleeping difficulties with Alzheimers.

Oct. 03 2008 12:31 PM
hjs from 11211

what are the early symptoms? what does it feel like when this start? what age does it start.

Oct. 03 2008 12:03 PM
Ellen LoGuidice from CT

Hi Leonard,
My son and his friend, both with Grandmothers with alzheimers, started an organization, "Remember Alzheimers". They sell bracelets and raise awareness in the high school age group. Their website is rememberalzheimers. org if anyone would like to buy a bracelet. Also, there is a"memory walk" this Sunday in Norwalk, Ct to raise money for the cause.
Thanks for mentioning this!
Ellen LoGuidice

Oct. 03 2008 12:02 PM

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