Category Archives: research

Steve Barger was hit by a truck. This is the news story – he will be okay 

Steve ran with me for a bit in 2013, and he has since, become a close friend. I sent him a text message this morning and he let me know this had happened. 

Friends here in Georgia have told me of folks tossing stuff at them and expressing anger about sharing the road with a bicyclist. 

http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/local-news/cyclist-recovering-after-road-rage-wreck/779953658

the Alzheimer’s Association 

Jerome H. Stone founded the Alzheimer’s Association with the help of several family support groups after meeting with the National Institute on Aging in 1979.The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association was incorporated on April 10, 1980. In that year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) invested $13 million in Alzheimer’s disease research. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan designated the first National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Week. The Alzheimer’s Association founded more chapters and started its own research program. Based out of Chicago, Illinois, the Alzheimer’s Association is the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research.

mid 20th century and alzheimer’s 

I think one day we will look back at mid 20th century with tears in our eyes. Along about 1950 we jumped into high gear with food preservatives. I bet it seemed like a good idea, at the time. Im not a scientist, but my gut tells me the unintended consequences of that jump will be with us a long time, and most of those consequences may not be good ones. 

Why is India’s alzheimer’s occurence rate so much lower than ours?

one man’s thoughts about quality of life, science and other things 

“Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature, in marking man’s papers, will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival, and by the quality of life of those who survive.”     Dr. Jonas Salk 

From the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association conference in London 

Clive Ballard, professor of age related disease at the University of Exeter, said that an important take home message was how few trials of drugs for dementia there are. “If you look at ongoing trials of treatment for cancer there are 2000 to 4000, but if you look at Alzheimer’s disease it is more like between 25 and 100. We need a huge increase in the number of trials,” he told a press briefing in London. 

This is why I think we need to read as much as possible about preventing alzheimer’s. Lots of scientists have written much about such. 

India – some amazing stuff 

I’m trying to figure out some things about the country of India. They’re Alzheimers rate and their type 1 diabetes rate is so low compared to ours. I’m trying to communicate through Facebook with some of the folks over there. I’m doing a lot of reading about it. Wow, they sure do eat differently than we do. It’s amazing the cultural differences between people all over the world. I’m thinking we all have some stuff we can learn from each other

making an Impact concerning alzheimer’s 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.7 million folks in America have alzheimer’s disease. Some experts say that for each person with alzheimer’s, 3 more have their lives adversely affected. 

     5.7 × 3 = 17.1 million 

5.7 + 17.1 = 22.8 million human beings 

According to information I found a few minutes ago using Google, the population of the United States in 2015 was 321.4 million. I found that in 2010 we had approximately 74.2 million here, not of voting age. So . . . . .  

321.4 – 74.2 = 247.20 possible eligible voters.

This is very non scientific, but of 247.20 million possible eligible voters, 22.8 million are adversely affected and they probably  have awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease.  So . . . . . 247.20 – 22.8 = 224.40 million folks here in America that may be unaware. 

Voters have a say with lawmakers and lawmakers, along with the President, make the budget. The money earmarked for alzheimer’s research then goes to the National Institute of Health. They control the process. Scientists end up with the money and search for prevention and cures. 

I would think the 22.8 million would be on board approving more research dollars. The 224.40 million may be the targets of those trying to raise awareness. 

My opinion is that we need to show America the “Trenches.” I don’t know how to do that. 

To Research Scientists everywhere  . . . . . 

It took a lot of work, and time, to get where you are. Thank you for doing the work and putting in the time. Thank you for dealing with the ups and downs of your craft. We appreciate you and wish you well in both your personal and professional life. 

The National Alzheimer’s Plan 

It was passed unanimously by Congress, and President Obama signed it into law. 

Goal 1: Prevent and Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025.
Congress, please fund the National Alzheimer’s Plan so the target date of 2025 will be reached. 

From the Salk folks about the possible NIH budget cuts

http://time.com/4736855/trump-health-military-budget/