Part 5 of our 5-part series "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments."
BOSTON -- One of the longest and most anticipated Alzheimer drug studies in history is about to begin, and Dr. Reisa Sperling is wondering if people will come. It's called the A4 study, and Sperling is the project leader.
"I sometimes get very worried," she said, "who will we find that wants to come into a 3-year trial on the chance that they might develop Alzheimer's disease dementia?
Part 3 of our 5-part series "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments."
As researchers work to find Alzheimer's treatments, they have a small, furry ally at their disposal -- the mouse. And at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, they live in a lower level of the school, well below the series of labs upstairs where dozens of researchers are looking for ways to stop Alzheimer's disease.
Part One of our 5-part series "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments."
Harvard-Mass General researcher Dr. Rob Moir has a hypothesis about a small protein, or peptide, that the body makes called amyloid-beta, or Abeta. This is the stuff that's known to clog the brains of Alzheimer's patients with the disease's telltale plaques. But Moir's hypothesis is that Abeta may actually be part of our immune system.
WCAI presents an original reporting series, "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments." In the 5-part series (links below), senior reporter and editor Sean Corcoran looks at some of the most recent innovations related to finding a cure or preventative for the disease, traveling to labs in San Diego, Boston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and New York City.
The town of Yarmouth has emerged as one of the more progressive communities on Cape Cod when it comes to promoting redevelopment, particularly on Route 28. A proposal to build a 75-unit memory care facility at the former Mill Hill Club, shown here, is presently working its way through the town's review process.
Without a general studies Bachelor Degree-granting institution on Cape Cod, local high school seniors are forced to seek higher education elsewhere. Part two in our original 3-part series "By The Numbers: Worries About Cape Cod's Workforce," examines efforts to bring a degree-granting 4-year college - with student housing - to the region. Proponents believe such an institution is key to growing the young-adult population.