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Alzheimer's Research: Map of Brain At Cellular Level Should Help Alzheimer's


Science & Tech  (tags: brain mapping, Alzheimer's, computers, discovery, health, medicine, research, science )

Lynn
- 402 days ago - huffingtonpost.ca
In what's being called a landmark development for neuroscience, researchers have created a 3-D digital reconstruction of a complete human brain that for the first time shows the organ's complex anatomy at the cellular level.



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Lynn Squance (227)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 12:37 am
This new brain mapping called 'Big Brain" hopes to open up doors for the undestanding and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

My mother has Alzheimer's and is in 24/7 care, reduced to the effective age of 2 years at best. She is 85. The disease has not only attacked the memory centres of the brain, but has also left her with no ability to effectively communicate other than by hugs to say thank you. And if I may inject a little humour, she still understands the words 'little bastard' , 'bitch' and 'shit' which she has used on occassion. It really gets everybody laughing including her. So when she was diagnosed, I decided I had to know more. For my mother, this discovery is too late, but there are so many more for which this discovery could mean a big difference. My mother is the 3rd generation in her family with the disease so this is a big step forward in being able to research and understand . . . and maybe prevent Alzheimer's before it starts.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 5:50 am
Sorry to read this Lynn S.
I truly hope this is something that will be effective.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 5:53 am
thank you
 

Pat A. (117)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 7:47 am
There is a site I think called Food for the Brain - and researchers over a two year project have discovered that the early stages of Alzheimers can be ameliorated and even partially reversed by getting the right amount of vitamins - and very important amongst the mix were 5,000 mcg of Vit B12 and about 20mg of Vit B6 (please check these figures) - there were other ones too. (Sorry I would normally look these up before talking about them but at present I can't). I don't know if they have tried them on people who already have established Alzheimers - though I desperately hope they could help. The thought of being in such a position is truly terrible.

Also known in the hypothyroid groups on the net, is the fact that after the menopause women produce (obviously) fewer hormones - which affect their thyroids badly - there are apparently many people in old age who have been just assumed to have Alzheimers whose situation can be reversed by the right amounts of Iodine and thyroid hormones. I don't know if these poor souls go on to develop real Alzheimers - but it really behoves us all to check those freshly diagnosed with Alzheimers - for example take their temperature several times a day for several days, and investigate the thyroid sites on the web to see if they can help.

Lynn you have my admiration for dealing with this terrible situation the way that you do - you are an example to us all.

 

ellen m. (233)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:15 am
Hope your mum is doing okay Lynn, I know how it weighs on you, and you already know you have my admiration for how you're dealing with it...

Interesting article. There are so many out there, as well there should be.
Before to long it will affect almost every one of us, if not in family and friends than in ourselves :-(

I truly believe the faster we get going on stem cell research in this area the sooner we will find an answer.
Not a cure, but an answer nevertheless, whether it be a vaccine or a medical procedure, or god only knows what else, an answer...hope.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 9:27 am
Lynn we have spoken on our Mothers behind the scenes and there is nothing I'd like more than to be able to help all those who either have this today or will come down with it in future.

It is as Nancy Reagan said, "the long good bye" and I don't often find that I would quote her, but in this case she was absolutely correct.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 12:58 pm
Wonderful news, thank you.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 4:07 am
I saw my dad go through this and my mother was effected right at the end. It's a very sad disease... :( I wonder if they can help other people with brain problems with this...? Thank you for sharing this, it's a very important topic to me, the brain, as I also have hydrocephalus (excess fluid on the brain).
 

Lisa sick Windsor (154)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 8:10 am
Noted and hope it will help Alzhheimer's patients someday!
Lynn, thank you for sharing about your Mother, you are truly an outstanding daughter and person! Thanks again!
 

ellen m. (233)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 3:25 pm
@ Dandelion, I know what you mean about quoting Nancy Reagon :) but in this she did us a solid and I know it struck a chord in all of us...whenever I hear the word Alzheimers I think that term...
They have become synonymous.
 

Susan Allen (221)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 6:26 pm
So sad about your Mom Lynn. The article was very interesting. Noted and shared.
 

Lynn Squance (227)
Friday June 28, 2013, 9:42 pm
Thanks everyone.

I share my mother's situation freely for several reasons:
1) It helps me to diffuse my emotions around what the disease does to all patients and their care givers, including my mother and I.
2) I hope that by sharing, people will understand the disease and its affects --- education is paramount.
3) No two Alzheimer's diagnoses are the same and there are other dementias that look a lot like Alzheimer's are equally devastating.

@ Kerrie G --- I am sorry that you have hydrocephalus. My cousin was born in 1950 with hydrocephalus such that doctors said she would not survive more than a few days. She had numerous surgeries over the years to implant shunts to drain the fluids and update them as she grew. My cousin beat all the odds although did have emotional and some intellectual handicaps --- she graduated high school age 22, went to college to become an LPN, worked private care. At 41, she died of breast cancer, leaving behind a 5 year old daughter.
She was very determined. Personally, I say she was very stubborn, in a good way, and she inherited that from her father. My hat is off to you Kerrie!
 
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