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(BBC)   Alzheimer's can now be detected up to 25 years before onset, giving plenty of time for insurance companies to find a loophole so that they can drop you. Still no cure for wossname, er thingy   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 8
    More: Interesting, Alzheimer's Disease, key changes, memory losses, Washington University School of Medicine, Alzheimer's Society, New England Journal of Medicine  
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2012-07-13 12:32:41 AM  
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Ok... now lets come up with a test that doesn't involve sticking a 20 gauge 4in needle into someones spine.
2012-07-13 10:56:00 AM  
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FuturePastNow: I don't think I need the test. I need the cure... in about, oh, fifty years or so.


BigLuca: Ok... now lets come up with a test that doesn't involve sticking a 20 gauge 4in needle into someones spine.


meat0918: I'd rather not know.


The test is part of the cure. You have to detect before too much damage is caused. If you wait to become symptomatic, your brain is already trashed. So you'd want to know.

The gene for early onset Alzheimer's runs in my wife's family and my wife has participated in this study.
2012-07-13 03:28:45 AM  
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fusillade762: jaylectricity: I'll spare everybody the "what was I saying" joke and posit an idea: Start a business that organizes a persons life, long before onset and with their hands-on assistance, in a way that they know they'll understand. Maybe a morning flash card routine, tattoos of important people on their bodies, and polaroids with crude notes on them to remind them who to trust and who to not.

I know this is a Memento thing, but today you could probably accomplish all that with a smartphone. Maybe attached with a wrist strap so you can't lose it.


Yeah, but what would actually happen is you wake up and say, "Where the hell am I and what is this thing strapped to my wrist?" No one will say, "Oh that's right, I have Alzheimer's so I need to do what this says." Mental illness isn't something you can snap out of.
2012-07-13 03:15:00 AM  
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jaylectricity: I'll spare everybody the "what was I saying" joke and posit an idea: Start a business that organizes a persons life, long before onset and with their hands-on assistance, in a way that they know they'll understand. Maybe a morning flash card routine, tattoos of important people on their bodies, and polaroids with crude notes on them to remind them who to trust and who to not.


I know this is a Memento thing, but today you could probably accomplish all that with a smartphone. Maybe attached with a wrist strap so you can't lose it.
2012-07-13 02:54:04 AM  
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2012-07-13 01:57:54 AM  
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Crudbucket: ApatheticMonkey: Crudbucket: Good god, why would you want to know? I know that Alzheimer's is in my family and that makes it at risk for it, but the last thing I would want is to confirm it and have that hanging over my head.

Wasn't there an article a month or so ago that said scientists may have found inroads to treat/prevent alzheimers? If they get that figured out, I'd like to be able to get treatment before the onset of the disease.

If they actually come up with a viable cure, that'd be a different story. The treatments they have now mostly just mask the symptoms (anxiety or violent outbursts as you feel your mind slipping away) so you're easier for caretakers to deal with or they prolong your mental degradation over a longer period. If I were to get Alzheimer's, I'd want it to hit immediately. Go to bed me, wake up a gibbering mess the next morning ready to be shipped off to a home.


They're pretty sure they understand what is causing it(the amyloid plaque in the brain, which this study supports), now it's just a matter of figuring out how to make the treatment work(so far it hasn't, but studies like this mean more money invested in that avenue).
2012-07-13 12:29:41 AM  
1 votes:
upload.wikimedia.org

We needed that test back in '55
2012-07-13 12:13:38 AM  
1 votes:
Um
Subtard?
You KNOW how we know that you are a complete and total tard?
ACA is the law.

So how exactly would they DROP you???
Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaa

/there really should be a voter test about ACA. If you can not answer 3 out 10 questions correctly, they will drop you from the voting rolls.
/bwahahahahahaah
 
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