Caregiver News Sunday June 13, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Drug Makers Agree to Share Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Research Data
– Major pharmaceutical companies have agreed to share data on people who have participated in failed clinical trials for brain disorder treatments. It is believed that sharing this data will help find new medicines for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
New Imaging May Help With Early Detection of Alzheimer’s
– A new imaging agent may help with early detection of Alzheimer’s by making it possible to see changes in brain cells. Early detection aids treatment so this is a significant breakthrough.
After A Decade, Genetic Map Has Created Few New Cures
– Despite its considerable promise, a decade after the first human genome map was completed few cures for major diseases like heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s have been found.
Heart Attacks Down 24% in A Decade
– A new study of 46,000 Northern California residents published in the New England Journal of Medicine
found that heart attacks were down 24% in the past decade. It found the use of medications that prevent heart attacks including aspirin and beta-blockers were up and helped to contribute to the drop.
New Study Finds Uninsured Are 50% More Likely to Die of A Stroke or Heart Attack
– A new study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine
found that uninsured people who suffer a heart attack were 52% more likely to die and those who had a stroke were 49% more likely to die than people with insurance.
Fraud Prevention Campaign for the Elderly Launched
– The federal government has launched an education campaign to make seniors aware of potential scams and fraud.