Alzheimer's Disease: More than Just Memory Loss
If you or someone close to you has Alzheimer's disease, chances are you're asking questions about the condition faster than your doctor can answer them. The Internet gives you access to information, outside of office hours, that enables you to find quick answers to urgent questions, and also helps you ask doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals the right questions. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here
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Researchers from all over the world are working on solving the Alzheimer's riddle, and the Internet offers you many ways to keep up with the progress. You'll find preliminary results indicating promising discoveries that may lead to treatments in future years, as well as breakthroughs in new medications that are currently available or coming soon. As scientists gain a more thorough understanding of Alzheimer's, using the Internet to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest research is one of the best tools you have to cope with the disease.
- Universities and other institutions that conduct their own studies are usually the best sources for the newest in Alzheimer's disease research.
- Many news stories are published in association newsletters. To be sure you get the latest news, you may want to sign up for a newsletter mailing list or RSS feed, if available.
- Alzheimer's disease attracts a lot of attention among researchers so there are usually several studies going on at the same time. Medical and scientific journals usually publish these findings or discuss some of the results. There are also some journals dedicated to Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders.
- If you want to contribute to the search for a cure and help yourself at the same time, consider getting involved with a study. For a list of current studies, including ones that are recruiting patients, this Web site, sponsored by the U.S. government, tracks clinical trials for each disease.
- It's important to sift your way through the news that can help you now and the research that will only be valuable in the future.
For research centers and studies ...
The National Institute on Aging
has a "Clinical Trials" section which maintains a database of Alzheimer's research trials being conducted around the United States. You can search for specific trials in your area and you can read about trials that are in the news.
is a clinical trial listing service. For studies to be published in peer-reviewed medical journals, the more respected journals in the field, they must be registered here. The Alzheimer's disease page lists trials by U.S. state and some international trials.
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation
Web site has a page on Alzheimer's research that discusses many aspects of the latest research in different areas of Alzheimer's: causes and risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and caregiving. Their "News Articles" page contains an archive of Alzheimer's news items, and the "Scientific Studies" page provides summaries of some of the latest scientific studies.
he American Federation of Aging Research
has created Infoaging, a site that is reviewed and updated by researchers specializing in the diseases of aging. Infoaging takes a positive look at treating Alzheimer's with its "What's Hot in Alzheimer's Disease Research?" section. Read articles like "Popular drug slows onset of Alzheimer's" or "Breakthroughs in imaging technology" to learn about the latest developments that provide new hope in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's.
For science journals ...
Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
is an international collection of new research and approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's. Abstracts of articles from the current issue and archived issues are available for free online; you'll need to register and pay-per-view for full articles.
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