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(USA Today)   Brain scans allow you to know you have Alzheimer's while you're still coherant enough to dispair about it   ( divider line
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2002-07-18 10:49:54 AM  
I forgot what I was gonna say. I'm sure it was going to be witty, though.
2002-07-18 05:34:27 PM  
Do not attempt to post a [image from too old to be available] to an anti-Pit Bull article that contains the other side of the story. Fark doesn't want to hear about it unless it's about killing the "vicious" dog.
2002-07-18 05:36:44 PM  
This is one of the worst disease ever, and any step in the right direction of preventing it, is a good one.

You cannot think of a more intolerable way to die, than this one. The amount of damage it does to your friends and family, as well as yourself, is incredible.

Yay them.
2002-07-18 05:37:01 PM  
Nice Alzheimers, Mr. Bad Spelling Headline Writer.
2002-07-18 05:38:52 PM  
2002-07-18 05:39:18 PM  
<Foxworthy>"and if you spell despair as 'dispair' you might have alzheimers"</Foxworthy>
2002-07-18 05:40:22 PM  
Wake me up when I'm dead, please.
2002-07-18 05:41:25 PM  
I believe they spelled "coherent" wrong, too
2002-07-18 05:42:39 PM  
Find me these men, Smithers. I want to make them my executive vice presidents.

Feh, I couldn't think of anything else to say.
2002-07-18 05:43:27 PM  
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2002-07-18 05:43:47 PM  
Spell Check™ allows you to know you are illiterate while you're still composing your FARK headline.
2002-07-18 05:43:59 PM  
Stop dispairaging the hedline righter.
2002-07-18 05:44:15 PM  
Ok, I'll take dispair. Oh, wait, no... I'll take DATpair, over there, they're nicer.

We were talking about boobies, weren't we?
2002-07-18 05:44:27 PM  
I think it's "Homer".
2002-07-18 05:45:36 PM  
Alzheimer's Sufferers Demand Cure For Pancakes

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2002-07-18 05:48:08 PM  
Now what was that disease someone one told me I had when I was somewhere next to a big machine?

Really this is good news. Closer to making this treatable.
2002-07-18 05:50:35 PM  
Future [image from too old to be available]
2002-07-18 05:52:01 PM  
oh, second part of that was supposed to be the "sad" tag.
me = html ign'ant.
2002-07-18 05:53:04 PM  
Insane in the membrane.
2002-07-18 05:54:16 PM  
cfporn-i wouldn't say it's the worst disease ever, but it is defnitely one of the saddest forms, and most common form of dementia out there. and yes, caregiver burden is an immense emotional and financial drain.
2002-07-18 05:54:54 PM  
Calling Jack Kevorkian. Seriously, I think this could be a situation where people would be considering D. assisted suicide rather than the obvious outcome. I mean how many of us would want to end up like that. I'm not trying to threadjack, but thought it was a relevant point.
2002-07-18 05:54:59 PM  
This is a cool article.
2002-07-18 05:55:57 PM  
I think this is a cool article.
2002-07-18 05:56:41 PM  
I'll gladly concede that point, but... I personally, after having a family member take 8 long years to die of this, cannot think of a worse way to go.

There is no death I can think of in this world that I would choose Alzheimer's disease over. None.

Not even rectal thermonuclear poisoning.
2002-07-18 05:57:08 PM  
"The brain scans reveal the abnormal deposits of senile plaque."

Sooo... What is considered a normal amount of brain plaque?

Here is a bonus line of question marks and sarcasm tags for those running low after today!

2002-07-18 05:57:11 PM  
WOOHOO! Im going to lose my mind
2002-07-18 05:57:31 PM  
frankenstein-i don't think it's threadjacking-it's relevant and interesting. is ignorance bliss seems to be the center of the issue you raise. i think not, especially if you would choose death over an alzheimer reality, where the distant past is your present.

i don't know what i would do. if i had the courage, i think i would choose death too.
2002-07-18 05:57:35 PM  
This is spiffy it gives you time blow all your money on Booze, Drugs, Alcohol, Fire trucks and Hookers before you get stupid and you kids put you in a home!
2002-07-18 05:58:07 PM  
"Right now, doctors can diagnose Alzheimer's
after a battery of tests rules out other
conditions that can cause memory loss."

This is a very INACCURATE statement by the USATODAY reporter. One can NOT diagnose Alzheimer's ABSOLUTELY. One can only observe and treat based on "indications" rather than proof.

I hope the reporter hasn't assumed too much regarding the new scans, which are encouraging but not yet foolproof.
2002-07-18 05:58:13 PM  
(stop me if you've heard this)

A old man goes in to the doctor for his checkup.

Doc: I've got bad news...
Man: What?
Doc: You've got cancer.
Man: shiat!!
Doc: You also have alzheimer's.
Man: Oh well, at least I don't have cancer.
2002-07-18 05:58:46 PM  
Rewrite headline:

Brain scans allow you to know you have Alzheimer's while you're still coherant enough to go crazy worrying about it.
2002-07-18 06:00:13 PM  
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2002-07-18 06:00:51 PM  
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2002-07-18 06:01:58 PM  
Good, one more data point on when it's time to commit suicide.
2002-07-18 06:02:22 PM  
At least you'll still be coherent enough to point the right end of the gun towards yourself when you're blowing your own brains out.
2002-07-18 06:02:31 PM  
Certainly not arguing that it is a very heartwrenching and draining way to die but in my experience any of the nervous system disorders that allow the mind to go on functioning intactas the body slowly dies is just as terrifying to think of experiencing if not much worse at least from the patient (let's not forget about them) point of view.
2002-07-18 06:03:22 PM  
countermeasure-well you are right about someone living with an alzheimers dx, but you can know for sure by looking at autopsied brains later. not to be grisly...
2002-07-18 06:03:33 PM  
Rewrite headline:

Brain scans allow you to know you have Alzheimer's while when I was a young lad, we called saurkraut liberty cabbage...
2002-07-18 06:09:37 PM  
camarugala-yes... these are all degrees of really bad shiat, but i still find it more terrifying to not know that you've lost the ability for rational thought and will continue to deteriorate. at least the patient still has their mental health (these are definitely shades of grey...) with the neruomuscular disease you describe.
2002-07-18 06:10:15 PM  
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My brain hurts
2002-07-18 06:11:10 PM  
My mother used to enjoy a single glass of sherry before dinner. Then she developed Alzheimers and wound up drunk on the back lawn. She died not knowing any of her family. It's not a nice way to go.
2002-07-18 06:12:56 PM  
I'll beat the dead horse too -- littel blue pill allows you to spell Fark hedline korectly.

2002-07-18 06:13:24 PM  
Dr. Toast:"Stop dispairaging the hedline righter."

No, no, no. You've got it all wrong. It's supposed to be: "Stopp disspuhwhatever teh headlin riter."
2002-07-18 06:13:51 PM  
Medical science has advanced to the point where they can tell you exactly what is going to kill you and when, but can't cure it.

How far we've come.
2002-07-18 06:14:15 PM  
>Unterseeboot<: My father died of ALS, another nasty disease. I know after that, I would choose death rather a quality of life you get with either one.
2002-07-18 06:45:08 PM  
Do people with Alzheimer's know they have it? Do they recognize that they are not remembering?
2002-07-18 07:03:09 PM  
Do people with Alzheimer's know they have it? Do they recognize that they are not remembering?

It's a degenerative process.

At first, for a family of 4, you start preparing 12 placesettings at the table; when you're confronted about this, you look at it and say, "what the hell was I doing?"

You slide into sorta knowing you should know certain people, but can't make the connection.

Eventually, everything's new, and isn't it nice to meet you? What's your name? You're my son? That's nice.

Gradually, you lose touch; I imagine eventually, you cease to become aware that anything's really wrong...

2002-07-18 07:15:03 PM  
I'm incoherant with dispair. Whats this nife doing in my hand?
2002-07-18 08:04:35 PM  
Someone mentioned Dr Kevorkian...IIRC, one of his first "patients" was Janet Adkins, a woman in her 40s who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She wanted to make the choice to end her life while she was still coherent. Alzheimer's is a terrible, tragic disease (as is ALS), both affect not only the patient but the patient's family/caregivers profoundly.
2002-07-18 09:18:08 PM  
Ouisch... That's the choice I will make. I only hope I can make it in time.

They shoot horse don't they?
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