Monday, September 5, 2016

Alzheimer's Research & Me On TV!

You wouldn't know it by my lack of posting these last 6mo or so, but I do try to keep up-to-date w/medical literature.  However, I've been using other means of getting my thoughts out for the masses, such as Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter.  In any case, some colleagues recently told me about a cure for Alzheimer's disease.  Of course, I was intrigued b/c none of my usual sources had mentioned anything.  It turns out they had, in turn, heard about it from their sources, Dementia TodayTelegraph & Time.  So I went to the horse's mouth, Nature.

But is it the cure for which we've been searching, akin to the Holy Grail?  In a word, no, I'm afraid.  Yes, this drug does help support the beta amyloid theory as causing Alzheimer's disease but we're far from a cure as the monthly intravenous drug was studied in just 165 people w/mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia for just one year, so it's nowhere near ready for prime time, much less enough studies to determine appropriate dose & potential side effects.

So what's the big deal?  Well, this research did get me an interview this Labor Day weekend w/Ms. Kyndell Nunley, a wonderful reporter w/KSNV 3 at Aegis of Las Vegas, where I serve as Medical Director.  However, due to the usual issue of lots of worthy stories all vying for air time, much of my discussion was left on the cutting room floor.  Let me know if you think I should insist on them shooting from my right side next time!  And you'd think I'd be a bit smoother in my delivery after all these years of speaking from the podium, often w/cameras running to record for video CME, but it's not the same when the camera is right THERE in your face!

Bottom line, there's hope for the future but nothing new available right now.  So continue to do what you can to protect your heart b/c that's the best way we know to protect your brain, too.




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Monday, February 22, 2016

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Why do I start my period on different day? Normally it's consistent and I start on Saturdays but it started Friday.



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Missed 2birthcontrol pills &now my period won't go away. I'm still drinking the pack. Should I stop or continue to drink it? This is my last pack .



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Sunday, February 21, 2016

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Outsid of lower leg is sore, aches, and is causing my foot and toes to feel cold?



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76yr old grandmom was diagnosed with left ventricular dysfunction. Said her left side was functioning at 48%. What does this mean overall & what is next?



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70 year old male with serious COPD. No other health problems. The skin on the back of my forearms has turned dark blue from elbow to fingers For1 year?



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Last week on Sunday I took a plan b pill and yesterday I got my period.Today I had unprotected sex and planning to take a plan tomorrow. Any advice?



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Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Im sucidal. I've been hitting my head on the wall when im depressed. Now i been having headaches for no reason. Could i have a blood clot in my head?



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The day after me and my boyfriend had sex im having an upset tummy feeling. He pulled out. What does this mean?



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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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My boyfriend and I have been having unprotected sex for the past year. He is experiencing being nauseated. Could I be pregnant?


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I had sex and this wasn't the first time, and I bled a lot. is this normal? I'm on birth control and my boyfriend pulls out.



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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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I have pressure in my ear when i bend down. My ear also has been leaking yellow bloody discharge and has also been leaking hard dark yellow substance.



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Sudden fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and feeling out of it. Happens each time I have something with high sugar or a lot of sugar.



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I has a contraceptive implant removed 9/12/15 so we could try for Baby no2 had a period 12/1/16 lasted 5days does this mean I've started ovulating again? Thnaks in advance



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Monday, February 15, 2016

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I have a recurring red bump near my belly button that hurts a bit when I press down on it. Is it anything I should be worried about?



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