Thanksgiving and other major family oriented holidays can be very hard on people with Alzheimer’s disease. Please take some time to call or visit someone you know with Alzheimer’s. Loneliness and lack of human interaction is a horrible thing for anyone, but especially people with this Alzheimer’s. We hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving and spends as much time with family and friends as possible.

An Alzheimer’s disease study in Iceland has found a rare genetic mutation that increases the risk of the disease by as much as threefold. The gene mutation, in an immunoregulatory gene known as TREM2, is found in 1 out of every 200 patients studied. The findings “may generate new insights into the pathogenesis of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease,” wrote Dr. Harald Neumann of the University of Bonn in Germany and Dr. Mark J. Daly of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Read the full results of this study here: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe1213157

We would like to acknowledge the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. Today, the Austin Auction Gallery auctioned off privately held sports memorabilia, art and antiques at the Austin Auction Gallery. The auction proceeds where in part to benefit the Alzheimer’s foundation and was a great success.

The Darrell Royal 2006 Rose Bowl national championship ring was sold for $120,000! Congratulations for the success and it just shows how people from every walk of life can come together to help fight this most debilitating disease.

If you would like to learn more about the Darrell Royal Research Fund, visit their website at: http://www.dkrfund.org/

In the The Lancet Neurology, November 6th, 2012 issue, a team of researchers from various universities have seemingly discovered a key to studying the Alzheimer’s disease.

They say they have found signs of Alzheimer’s disease more than two decades before the onset of symptoms. While this study only deals with the inherited form of the disease, which is rare, they think that this could be a good step forward into the study and eventual prevention of Alzheimer’s.

This is an exciting development as researchers are finding better ways to study the development of the disease and how the brain functions in the early stages. This might lead to knowing what triggers the disease and possibly come up with a method of prevention or treatment.

To read the full article on this study Click here

With the leaves falling and Halloween over with, thoughts generally turn to Thanksgiving and the Holidays. While you are enjoying time with your friends and family, please take some time and think about supporting Alzheimer’s research or a treatment facility. Your support can be in time, finances or even prayer. National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is starting to get more traction on a national level as this terrible disease effects more and more lives. We continue to look for a cure and effective treatments while caring for our loved ones.

Welcome to What is Alzheimer’s disease website.  This site is meant to be a helpful informational website for people who have been, or have family members who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  It is most surely a trying time for you and your family and our goal is to help compile as much helpful information about Alzheimer’s disease, what it is and the current progress on any potential treatments, as well as techniques to help manage the disease.

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