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|Subject: I am Data||Date: 12/11/2012 12:10 AM|
|Author: PolymerMom||Number: 46734 of 85605|
This afternoon I did my thing for research into Alzheimer's Disease. I spent two hours being questioned, poked and prodded for science. This is a project at Washington University to determine what's happening to people who develop ALZ. I'm a control, meaning no one in my family has had ALZ.
I got involved when my MIL was diagnosed with ALZ. MDH also participates, as a child of a parent w/ ALZ. One of the side benefits to participating is attending a show-and-tell on how the research is going in the spring and fall. They treat us to a brunch and several hours of research results presentations, at the Zoo<g>.
Here's a link to several NY Times articles.
See the section w/ Dr. Randy Bateman (A Key Question) in the above.
They are progressing to testing drugs for ALZ in families w/ early-onset ALZ.
It's really great to be part of a research project! Of course, the computerized portion of the psychological testing is pretty deadly. Truly BORING! Thankfully, the spinal taps are spaced five years apart.
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