As many of you have heard me say, I am very skeptical about headlines heralding the newest "breakthrough" drug which is going to prevent and/or slow and/or cure Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. I found Dr. Peter Whitehouse's book more than enlightening. Dr. Whitehouse is a PhD and a MD who has run neuroscience research laboratories and has an active geriatric practice in Cleveland. http://casemed.case.edu/dept/neurology/Whitehouse.html
I highly recommend that you read Dr. Whitehouse's book, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (2008) available on Amazon. Another good book on this topic is Black Hat, White Coat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine (2011) by Carl Elliott. After reading these two interesting books, you will understand a lot more about how laboratories get funding and how researchers get paid ("breakthrough's" on mice studies, and the more headlines, the better, etc.). Subsequently, you will be able to evaluate better the headlines and documentaries on the subject of dementia.
At any rate, I try to keep up to date on the newest research and will be watching this new documentary called "Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?" I heard the producer interviewed on Kris Boyd's "Think" program on KERA radio this morning and it sounded like more claptrap to me but am always hopeful.
Here is the local airing schedule for the Dallas-Fort Worth area:
NovaCan Alzheimer's Be Stopped? #4308Wednesday, April 13, 08:00 pm on KERA
Description: Alzheimer's ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. Join scientists as they untangle the cause of this tragic illness and go behind the scenes of major drug trials to discover the therapies that may slow and even prevent the disease.
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04/14/16, 6:00 pm WORLD
04/14/16, 11:00 pm WORLD
04/15/16, 7:00 am WORLD
04/15/16, 1:00 pm WORLD
04/19/16, 3:00 am KERA
04/19/16, 10:30 pm KERA
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.