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Subject:  I am Data Date:  12/11/2012  12:10 AM
Author:  PolymerMom Number:  46734 of 90031

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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