Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. What can be done to stem the tide of this devastating disease? Researchers are looking to our genes. “One of the goals of genetics is to try and come up with as strong a set of predictors as is possible. This has influenced the way in which more recent genetic research has been done,” says Douglas R. Galasko, MD. On this episode of “On Our Mind,” Dr. Galasko shares the different types of genetic influences on people’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. He explains how these genes are being studied and what being a carrier of Alzheimer’s associated genes means.
Dementia is a deterioration of cognitive function that begins with mild cognitive impairment, which appears just like forgetfulness, and eventually ends in death.
There are many causes of the disease such as stroke, chronic alcohol abuse and Alzheimer’s but there is no way to reverse the damage of the brain’s degeneration.
Dr. Mario D. Garrett of San Diego State University’s School of Social Work discusses the social impacts of dementia, such as the way dementia is classified by institutions and even the errors he has found in the way dementia is perceived.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his plans to create a bold, $100 million public-private initiative to better understand the brain and the diseases that affect it. Appropriately called BRAIN (for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), the group brings together experts across private industry, academia and government agencies in the areas of neuroscience, neurotechnology and neuroscience.
And it seems our viewers are always hungry for more. UCTV’s Human Brain iTunes feed consistently shows up in iTunesU’s Top 10 Collections and “What’s Hot” sections.
No doubt that President Obama’s endorsement will mean even more exciting discoveries — and UCTV programs — to come. In the meantime, subscribe to our Human Brain feed in iTunes and browse our archive of Neurology programs at our website. There’s plenty to keep your brain busy!
Here’s what reviewer Tracy Rosecrans had to say about it:
Alzheimer’s Long and Costly Goodbye, the first in a series of educational episodes on Alzheimer’s produced by UCTV, offers a documentary-style look at this terrible disease. This high-quality episode offers everything from expert discussion of Alzheimer’s to personal insights from individuals currently experiencing the mental degeneration caused by the disease.
This short video will leave you wanting even more information and interpretation from the people who are most familiar with Alzheimer’s: the unlikely stars of this series. Watch it to gain a deeper understanding of this illness.
We’re in good company on a list that includes everything from informative videos produced by the Alzheimer’s Association to emotionally gripping documentaries of individuals and their families taking on the disease. You can check out all of their picks here.
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