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Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say

Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Provocative new research leads to the hypothesis that infections may produce a fierce reaction that leaves debris in the brain, causing Alzheimer’s.
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Wow, would't it be great if they find a way to cure Alzheimer's or at least how to ward off its progression. Meanwhile, each senior moment fills me with dread. 
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HIV drugs show promise in treating common eye disease

HIV drugs show promise in treating common eye disease | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A class of drugs used for three decades by people infected with the virus that causes AIDS may be effective in treating a leading cause of blindness among the elderly. HIV drugs called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), including AZT and three others, blocked age-related macular degeneration in mice and worked well in experiments involving human retinal cells in the laboratory, researchers said on Thursday. In HIV-infected people, NRTIs blo
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Having watched my father lose his eyesight to macular degeneration, I am excited to hear that treatment is being found. Nothing is more precious to age than the ability to at least watch what is happening in ones world. Be it watching people, television, or perhaps reading a good book: eyesight is a truly precious gift.

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Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life | Video on TED.com

Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.
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A video that will make you think

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 26, 2013 4:59 PM

This is a short but very informative video that will definitely get you thinking. The pointers presented will ease the burden for others as you set a plan into motion. Don't wait. Procrastination may lead to wishes and desires never reaching realization.

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The World's Oldest Person Has Died in Japan

The World's Oldest Person Has Died in Japan | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Misao Okawa was 117 years old.
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I would love to have heard her recollections of times so long passed and of how her culture had changed over her lifetime. Just think, she was alive when the Russo-Japanese War took place, lived in a Japan where the emperor was a god, and survived the horrors of WWII and then the occupation. I hope somebody interviewed her and got a lot of that memory on tape.

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The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share

The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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A moving personal share from author, book reviewer, and radio personality Fran Lewis. Alzheimer’s is sad, but we should not allow it to interfere with our love.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, June 29, 2013 8:40 PM

There is no cure at this time for the deadly Alzheimer’s disease. The care of those with Alzheimer’s takes patience, kindness and understanding. There is no way to know on any given day whether the person afflicted the deadly Alzheimer’s will look at a family member, relative or friend and even know who they are or why they are around. Their world as they once knew it no longer exists.

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Brain Aging Linked to Sleep-Related Memory Decline

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A report in Nature Neuroscience suggests that natural physical changes interfere with quality slumber, blunting the ability to remember new information for the long term.
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If I could remember what the article said, I'd probably be impressed. Seriously, this is fairly obvious stuff except that they didn't do the right control, training a group of elderly until their pre-sleep performance was equal to the younger group. If the amount of slow-wave sleep is essential, then meditation and hypnosis may become at least paliative.

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Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, January 29, 2013 2:45 AM

You be the Judge. Sleep deprivation does effect memory and physical ailment effects sleep so what are the answers?