(CNN)It’s one of the holy grails of science: a cure for Alzheimer’s. Currently, there is no treatment to stop the disease, let alone slow its progression. And billionaire Bill Gates thinks he will change that.
(CNN)It’s one of the holy grails of science: a cure for Alzheimer’s. Currently, there is no treatment to stop the disease, let alone slow its progression. And billionaire Bill Gates thinks he will change that.
Few under the age of 30 might remember, but General Electric Co. was once a model of corporate greatness.
Back in 1999, when Steve Jobs was still fiddling with iMacs, Fortune magazine proclaimed Jack Welch, then GE’s chief executive officer, the best manager of the 20th Century.
Few people — of whatever age — would lavish such praise on the manufacturer these days.
GE, that paragon of modern management, has fallen so far that it’s scarcely recognizable. The old GE is dead, undone by an unfortunate mix of missteps and bad luck. The new one now confronts some of the most daunting challenges in the company’s 125-year history.
The numbers tell the story: This year alone, roughly $100 billion has been wiped off GE’s stock market value. With mounting cash-flow problems at the once-mighty company, even the dividend is at risk of being cut. The last time GE chopped the payout was in the Great Recession — and before that, the Great Depression.
And yet the hit to the collective psyche of generations of investors and managers is incalculable. For decades, GE-think infiltrated boardrooms around the world. Six Sigma quality control, strict performance metrics, management boot camps — all that and more informed the MBAs of the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s and into this century. GE, in turn, seeded corporate America with its executives.
Now, John Flannery, GE’s new CEO, is struggling to win back the trust of anxious investors. He’s set to detail his turnaround plans on Monday — and has said he’ll consider every option.
“There’s nothing less than the fate of a once great, great company on the line,” said Thomas O’Boyle, the author of “At Any Cost: Jack Welch, General Electric, and the Pursuit of Profit.” “Some of the fundamental notions about its status as a conglomerate and whether it can succeed in a world of increasing complexity are really being challenged right now.”
In hindsight, the seeds of this struggle were planted decades ago. Welch expanded and reshaped GE with hundreds of acquisitions and demanded every GE unit be No. 1 or No. 2 in its industry. He also culled low-performers ruthlessly, earning the nickname Neutron Jack. By the time he retired, in 2001, GE’s market value had soared from less than $20 billion to almost $400 billion.
But all that maneuvering, plus GE’s increasingly complex financial operations, obscured the underlying performance and put the company in peril during the 2008 financial crisis. Welch’s successor, Jeffrey Immelt, soon embarked on a plan to undo much of the House that Jack Built. He would sell NBC and most of the finance operations — two of the businesses that defined Welch’s tenure — along with units such as plastics and home-appliances.
The moves narrowed GE’s focus, yet it remains a collection of somewhat disparate manufacturing businesses, ranging from jet engines to oilfield equipment.
Unfortunately for GE, that industrial conglomerate model has fallen sharply out of favor on Wall Street. And the rise of activist investors like Nelson Peltz has encouraged companies to try to boost their stock prices however they can, rather than focus on the long term. GE recently welcomed one of Peltz’s partners at Trian Fund Management to the board.
“The reckoning had to come,” said Jack De Gan, chief investment officer of Harbor Advisory, which has been a GE shareholder for more than 20 years before selling most of the shares in the past few weeks.
GE’s leaders have long defended the multi-business strategy by pointing to the benefits of sharing technology across product lines — jet engines, for instance, have a lot in common with gas turbines. In an interview with Bloomberg in June, Flannery dismissed concerns about conglomerates, saying investors care more about outcomes.
“They want growth, they want visibility, they want predictability, they want margin rate,” Flannery said. “And there are a multitude of models to produce that.”
The new CEO has already said he’ll divest at least $20 billion of assets. He’s coming under pressure to do even more.
“Anything less than a sweeping plan to ‘de-conglomerate’ the portfolio would be viewed as disappointing,” Deane Dray, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said this week in a note to clients. The potential moves include unloading its transportation, oil, health-care and lighting operations.
To be sure, GE’s issues run deeper than the composition of the company. One of its biggest divisions, power-generation, is in the early stages of a deep market slump — just two years after bulking up with the $10 billion acquisition of Alstom SA’s energy business. GE’s cash flow is light, potentially putting the dividend in jeopardy and driving investors away from the stock.
Flannery has spoken of the need to change GE’s culture and instill a sense of accountability. He’s reined in excessive spending — on corporate cars and planes, on the new Boston headquarters — and replaced top executives.
But the sudden changes, combined with Flannery’s relative lack of public reassurances, have spooked investors. In the days after Flannery’s first quarterly earnings as CEO, when he called GE’s performance “completely unacceptable,” the stock fell and fell. And fell some more, closing at the lowest level in five years on Nov. 2.
The shares slid less than 1 percent to $19.99 on Thursday, bringing the 2017 loss to 37 percent.
“You think about a company like Kodak. Will GE become that?” said Vijay Govindarajan, a professor at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business who served as GE’s professor-in-residence in 2008 and 2009.
Some investors may be throwing in the towel, but Govindarajan isn’t giving up. “I will put my bet that GE will weather this and come back,” he said.
It is a paradox that perhaps the single best way to still one’s mind is to put the body in motion. The list of what has been accomplished on walks is almost comically illustrative of this point.
Nietzsche said the ideas in Thus Spoke Zarathustra came to him on a long walk. Thomas Cook supposedly came up with the idea for his travel and tourism agency—one of the first and biggest ever—on a walk from Market Harborough to Leicester. Nikola Tesla discovered the rotating magnetic field on a walk through a city park in Budapest in 1882, one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time.
And this is only a small sampling of what we can directly attribute to walking. When he lived in Paris, Hemingway would take long walks along the quais whenever he was stuck in his writing and he needed to clarify his thinking. Darwin’s daily schedule included several walks. Charles Dickens often walked as much as 20 miles per day! The poet William Wordsworth has walked as many as 180,000 miles in his lifetime—an average of 6.5 miles a day since he was five years old!
All of these walks, hundreds and thousands of miles over the years, were facilitating and generating the insights behind their brilliant, world-changing work. Nietzsche would go as far as to say of his own strolls, “It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.”
When I was 24, I broke my elbow after a fall from my bike. The break was painful and required a sling for something like six weeks, which made writing particularly difficult. My frustration was exacerbated by the fact that as an avid runner and swimmer, my normal means of exercise were also off the table. I also wasn’t going to be getting on a bike again anytime soon. To prevent myself from going stir-crazy, I started going on long walks. In the morning. In the afternoon. Late at night before bed.
At first these walks were just inferior substitutes for the exercise I was missing, and I disliked the experience. But as they went on—and the distances grew longer—walking grew on me. I came to notice and love the beauty of the city I had moved to. (There is no better city for walking in America than uptown New Orleans, even in the swampy summer heat.) I also found that words for the book that I was writing seemed to just flow into my head from nowhere. Even difficulties I was having in my relationship started to feel less serious, and solutions followed. It was exactly as Thoreau said, “the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow.”
By the time my arm healed, I was a convert. I was a walker. As much as I could, whenever I could, especially when I was stuck. I even walk when I have phone calls to do or if I show up somewhere early. But it should be said that walking thoughts are usually a different kind of thought. They are not the racing thoughts of the worried mind. Or the distracted thoughts of the workplace mind. They are, as many walkers attest, more naturally reflective, calmer and contemplative.
It strikes me that this is partly due to the environmental change and then partly due to how the mind works when walking. In a notoriously loud city like ancient Rome, it was impossible to get much peace and quiet. The noises of wagons, the shouting of vendors, the hammering of a blacksmith—all filled the streets with piercing violence (to say nothing of the putrid smells of a city with poor sewage and sanitation). So philosophers like Seneca went on a lot of walks— to get where they needed to go, to clear their heads, to get fresh air. “We should take wandering outdoor walks,” he said, “so that the mind might be nourished and refreshed by the open air and deep breathing.”
It would seem obvious that walks in parks or forests or along pretty scenery are the best, but I don’t think it’s necessarily about nature. A busy New York City avenue can be silenced with headphones and a loop around a parking lot or down a long hallway will do in a pinch (a lap around the inside of the Pentagon is around a mile for example). It’s the process that’s doing the work, not the crashing of the oceans waves or the lapping of the water along the walls of a canal.
There is evidence that memory and the mind function differently on the move. The late Seth Roberts used to practice flashcards for languages he was learning while on the treadmill because he found that while each activity was boring by itself, doing them simultaneously allowed him to do both better. A study at New Mexico Highlands University has found that the force from our footsteps can increase the supply of blood to the brain. Researchers at Stanford have found that walkers performer better on tests that measure “creative divergent thinking” during and after their walks. And a 20 year study found that walking five miles a week protects the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s.
In a letter to his niece, Kierkegaard wrote
“Every day, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”
Isn’t that interesting? That sitting still seems to invite the sickness of the mind, but walking seems to still those ripples until the mind is like a quiet lake…precisely because the mind has been more active.
The Buddhists talk of “walking meditation” or “kinhin” where the movement after a long session of sitting, particularly movement through a beautiful setting, can unlock a different kind of stillness that traditional meditation couldn’t.
Like I said, it’s a paradox. Move to find stillness. And if not stillness, then at least insight.
Certainly this piece wouldn’t have been possible without a walk or two. And since I need to start the next one, it’s time to leave for another walk. I hope you will take one too.
Sharing your home with man’s best friend is undeniably rewarding in many ways, but it also comes with its own set of responsibilities — not the least of which is making sure they’re happy and healthy. That’s why it’s so important that you thoroughly research the type of dog you’re thinking about adopting beforehand. Not only do all breeds have their own quirks and behaviors, but their own health risks as well. So if you’re thinking about bringing home any of the 10 popular breeds below, here are the common health problems you need to consider first.
If you’re like most humans, the current political climate has caused you some excess anxiety or tension. Recent research shows that the majority of Americans are stressed about the future of the nation and even relationships with loved ones are feeling the strain.
Michelle Obama is here to offer some guidance on how to deal with it all ― and her advice is pretty spot on.
The former first lady spoke at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Connecticut, this week, where she offered some suggestions on how to survive chaotic times, the Hartford Courant reports.
“Focus on what you can control,’’ Obama advised the audience. “Be a good person every day. Vote. Read. Treat one another kindly. Follow the law. Don’t tweet nasty stuff.”
Pretty sage wisdom, right? But does it actually work?
We examined stress research and chatted with a mental health expert about Obama’s tips. Below is a breakdown on their effectiveness when it comes to dealing with tough times:
Current events can feel incredibly overwhelming, according to Dan Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education and chair of the American Psychotherapy Association. Looking at everything that is out of your hands can cause anxiety.
Focusing on what you can do helps, Reidenberg told HuffPost. That includes limiting your exposure to the news cycle and participating in activities that bring you joy.
Filtering out the unhappy, angry, chaotic, stressful, dark headlines and maintaining a healthy balance between the challenges and the good things “will allow you to feel in control of your life rather than feeling life is controlling you,” he said.
This has long been go-to advice when it comes to improving mental health. It applies to how you deal with yourself as well as how you behave toward others.
Being good to yourself and to others “will increase your self-worth, self-esteem, self-confidence and your sense of pride,” Reidenberg said.
Therapists say their clients are reporting feeling helpless more often since the election. An antidote to that? Taking action. Voting in elections and getting involved on issues that are important to you are tangible ways to ease politically related stress, according to the American Psychological Association.
Reading about what’s going on in the world and staying updated can help you feel in touch. It’s a method even some experts use to ease their own stress over politics.
“My personal approach is to stay immersed in the news cycle, hoping for some shred of encouragement or at least consolation from hearing my views shared by others,” Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, previously told HuffPost.
But if following the news is causing you to feel uneasy, other kinds of reading can help with that. A study published in 2009 found that getting lost in a good book can be one of the most effective ways to reduce stress, sometimes even better than listening to music or enjoying a cup of tea.
This one seems pretty obvious, no? Laws are needed for a well-functioning society. But Reidenberg said it’s worth keeping in mind for your mental health as well. Having a set of rules to follow can help enhance your feelings of control.
This is perhaps one of the most vital rules to follow today.
“Sharing of negative thoughts and feelings isn’t helpful to anyone,” Reidenberg said. “By speaking poorly of others you aren’t helping anyone, and you are contributing to the angst so many people are feeling right now. And when there is a lot of this coming from every direction, the ugliness can contribute to anxiety and stress.”
Obama also added one final piece of wisdom, which she said is worth heeding no matter who is president.
“The impact of all of us in our everyday lives is greater than anything … that can come from the White House,” she said.
Consider it noted.
The current state of affairs in the United States has Americans really stressed out.
A new poll by the American Psychological Association found that 63 percent of Americans are stressed about the future of the United States, and 59 percent of Americans think it is currently the lowest point in the nation’s history.
The poll found that, essentially, most Americans are wringing their hands and grinding their teeth with the way the country is currently headed.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans polled said the future of the country is a “very or somewhat significant” source of stress—more than money and work. Meanwhile, 59 percent of Americans said the country is at its lowest point in history that they’ve lived through–including World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Specifically, 59 percent of Americans said the current social divisiveness causes stress, and a majority of adults from both major political parties said the country’s future was a source of stress. However, the feeling was higher among Democrats (73 percent) compared to Republicans (56 percent). Almost 60 percent of independent voters said they felt the same way.
“We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, the American Psychological Association’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “The uncertainty and unpredictability tied to the future of our nation is affecting the health and well-being of many Americans in a way that feels unique to this period in recent history.”
The issues giving Americans stress, the poll found, are likely what you’d expect: 43 percent said healthcare, 35 percent said the economy, 32 percent said trust in the government, 31 percent said crime and hate crimes, 31 percent said wars with other countries, and 30 percent said terrorist attacks in the United States.
Unemployment and low wages (22 percent) and climate change (21 percent) also give Americans stress, the poll notes.
Current events are also a cause of stress, according to the poll. While 95 percent of adults said they follow the news regularly, more than half of them said it gives them stress. Two-thirds of those polled said the news often “blows things out of proportion.”
However, the stress has spurred some people into action. The poll found that around half of the country has volunteered in response to the state of the nation, and 28 percent have signed a petition.
The American Psychological Association surveyed 3,440 adults online from Aug. 2 to Aug. 31 to compile their results.
You can read more about the American Psychological Association’s poll here.
Marie Claire has had just about enough of Taylor Swift just trying to enjoy her successful career, thank you very much:
— Marie Claire (@marieclaire) November 14, 2017
Just look at that ratio, folks.
🎶 And the waiters gonna wait wait wait wait wait And the Ratio gonna rate rate rate 🎶 https://t.co/zG7CGuLYzE
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 14, 2017
That ratio, tho. And btw, this is what bullying looks like. https://t.co/C4rEakfItq
— L (@LilMissRightie) November 14, 2017
When you see bullying…👁🗨 https://t.co/lxq6Ujligr
— ن Rene ن (@fire4yahweh) November 14, 2017
Marie Claire’s getting POUNDED for their bullsh*t — and they deserve every ounce of it:
This is unhinged https://t.co/QQ7zX2QB5X
— F. Bill McMorris (@FBillMcMorris) November 14, 2017
Marie Claire: WHAT ARE YOUR POLITICS TAYLOR? Taylor: Umm, well, kinda my business and it's private and I don't want to alienate any fans. Marie Claire: NOT GOOD ENOUGH
— Jason (@CounterMoonbat) November 14, 2017
Disagree. She shouldn't *have* to state her politics or who she casts a vote for if she chooses NOT to. That's her right. (Plus, it's *smart* not to.) #Reputation
— Rissi (@RissiJC) November 14, 2017
Do people really care who celebrities vote for? I don't give a shit what Taylor Swift's political views are.
— Sleve McDichael (@Evil_Ed83) November 14, 2017
I know this might come as a shock to some, but there’s more to life than politics. Secondly, who the hell do these women think they are to make such demands? https://t.co/ovag1tY7qt
— Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) November 14, 2017
Why would you ever bully her to do this? When did you guys become these political partisan magazines?
— BriziDoesIt (@PersianKiss) November 14, 2017
— Ben (@BenHowe) November 14, 2017
She doesn’t owe you an explaination and it’s grossly presumptuous for you to demand one. https://t.co/lOCUv8UCGR
— Heather (@hboulware) November 14, 2017
She doesn't owe you a damn thing. She has the right to be non-political.
— commonsense (@commonsense258) November 14, 2017
It’s none of your business what her political affiliation is. She’s an entertainer, not a politician.
— Jacquie B (@imnokla) November 14, 2017
She doesn’t owe you or your readers a damn thing.
— Jon M 🇺🇸 (@swatter911) November 14, 2017
Why in the friggin’ hell does she owe you ANY explanation?? In this country she and everyone is free to support whoever they want, for whatever reason they want, period. Keep waiting…you deserve nothing
— Wendy Dunleavy (@WDun5) November 14, 2017
Why does everyone and everything have to be political at all? Further, no one owes you anything. https://t.co/uxHBs8mTjN
— Ryan Prong ن (@RyanProng) November 14, 2017
She owes you nothing.
— leigh (@lasj45) November 14, 2017
She owes you nothing. Taylor is an entertainer, not a pilitician.
— James Hunnel (@JamesHunnel) November 14, 2017
She could be a commie for all I care, she doesn't owe me or these lunatics anything. https://t.co/LOFMYmngzK
— Jason (@CounterMoonbat) November 14, 2017
You’re waiting to find out why Taylor Swift is singing (her job) and not running around alienating her fans?
— Marae (@desertrain73) November 14, 2017
She's getting great advice. Large amount oh public are sick of entertainers injecting politics. Think out of the bubble
— Jerry Attric (@joebagobagels) November 14, 2017
This is why people cannot stand publications like yours. Several liberals I know are embarrassed that the media chooses to make tension where it’s not needed. But apparently, to the left, everything has to be political. You guys must suck at parties.
— Doubting Thomas (@OutrageDenied) November 14, 2017
She has actually said that she remains apolitical because she knows she has so much influence she doesn’t want to sway her fans’ minds. She wants them to think for themselves. Maybe Hollywood needs to take a page from her book. https://t.co/OfdSDlUm7w
— Christine Sisto (@ChristineSisto) November 14, 2017
"I wondered why magazines keep going bankrupt," asked no one https://t.co/nq6fD8ayT5
— Jason Hart (@jasonahart) November 14, 2017
I hope you continue feeling dissatisfied. https://t.co/7bd17OWX36
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) November 14, 2017
May your breath holding prove less than positive for your health here: https://t.co/gMwHSEnnaj
— Physics Geek (@physicsgeek) November 14, 2017
Go piss up a rope
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) November 14, 2017
Growing up in the south, there’s nothing quite like a good college football rivalry. For one sweet family from Atlanta, it’s only natural to bleed Georgia Bulldogs red.
“So, the Georgia Bulldogs are a second religion in my house. My brother, Jason, is a UGA graduate. We decided since the big rivalry game of Georgia vs. Florida fell on my dad’s actual birthday, we would surprise him,” one brother shared with Love What Matters.
His 71st birthday was surely one this Dawgs fan will never forget. After giving him a shirt that read “Gator Hater” across the front, their dad was ecstatic about his gift. What he didn’t realize is he hadn’t even gotten the best part yet!
The brothers revealed the actual surprise: a trip to Jacksonville, Florida to watch the Dawgs play the Gators in person on his birthday!
Considering his beloved Bulldogs beat the Gators, 42 to 7, I think it’s safe to say their surprise did NOT disappoint.
“My brother and I decided to surprise my dad for his 71st birthday with something he has always wanted. He has never been to a Georgia/Florida game! So we decided to surprise him. My family is pretty tight knit. My dad is a retired minister, and has had some health issues over the past few years. I am the oldest of two boys. We grew up in a suburb of Atlanta, to two hard working parents. They weren’t able to always give a lot of ‘things’ but they would drop anything on a dime to be there for us. If you know anything about the South, we love football and the SEC. So, the Georgia Bulldogs are a second religion in my house. My brother, Jason, is a UGA graduate. We decided since the big rivalry game of Georgia vs. Florida fell on my dad’s actual birthday, we would surprise him. He asked us if we would come down to their house to watch the game with him, so we told him we would, ha ha. When we gave him the shirt, he thought that was the end of it! To see that look on his face and to see how happy we were able to make him, meant everything to me. The pure love I have for my dad inspired this gift. He is my number one, always.”
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The patient coming in for a scan was a young girl. And she was petrified.
The huge, hulking machine had the girl in tears — and that was before the loud whirring noise started up (the average MRI machine is about as loud as a rock concert, and not nearly as fun).
“As [the family] got even closer to me, I notice the father leans down and just goes ‘remember we talked about this, you can be brave,” he recalled to GE Health, explaining that the parents looked horrified too — feeling helpless to find a way to make their daughter feel comfortable in the giant machine.
He was determined to use his design know-how to make the hospital environment for kids feel more like an adventure instead of a nightmare.
After interviewing kids, parents, and doctors about what might make the experience of getting a medical scan a little less scary, Dietz and his team from GE Health got to work, along with partners from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
The whole exam room needed some love. From the sterile, beige decor, to the frank instruction placards (Dietz calls them “crime scene stickers”). Even the patter (or conversation/instructions) from doctors and nurses needed some livening up.
MRI rooms, for example, became space voyages. CT scans became pirate adventures.
The redesigned MRI machine and rooms turned the kids into active participants in their own fantastic adventure stories, with themed books given ahead of time to prepare them for the journey.
Inside the scanning machines, the children get special goggles that allow them to watch a DVD during their scans — which can take anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes.
When the first newly designed rooms were put into action at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, they worked like a charm. Not only did they calm the kids down and keep their minds occupied, Dietz recalled hearing one child ask her parents if she could have “another scan tomorrow.”
“That was probably the biggest reward I could ever have,” he told the Journal Sentinel.
Dietz’s designs are so popular and successful that many other hospitals have joined in on the fun.
According to an article in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, the fear of machines and tests is so bad that Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh had to sedate over 80% of kids who needed an MRI or CT scan, prior to the updates.
Sedating and calming anxious patients takes extra time, elongating the length of each scan. If the kids don’t need sedation, but don’t hold still during the duration of the test, the whole thing has to be redone. These issues take up precious time that ultimately resulted in the hospital serving fewer patients.
After implementing the Adventure Series, the hospital only had to sedate a quarter or less of its patients, making their work far more efficient.
Making the experience less frightening for kids is a big win here — for the patients and hospitals too. There’s nothing that can completely erase the anxiety that comes with needing serious medical testing or care, but just knowing there are people who care enough to try is likely a big comfort to these families.
Down syndrome occurs in someone when they have a full or partial additional copy of chromosome 21. According to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), “A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm – although each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees, or not at all.”
They note that one in every 700 babies born in the United States has Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal condition.
When commenting on the effect Down syndrome has on society, the NDSS says this: “Individuals with Down syndrome are becoming increasingly integrated into society and community organizations, such as school, health care systems, work forces, and social and recreational activities. Individuals with Down syndrome possess varying degrees of cognitive delays, from very mild to severe. Most people with Down syndrome have cognitive delays that are mild to moderate.”
All of this means that Americans are becoming more and more likely to interact with someone with Down syndrome. More than 80 percent of adults with Down syndrome reach the age of 60, with many living much longer. That’s why it’s important that we become educated on this topic.
People living with Down syndrome are the “largest population of individuals predisposed to getting Alzheimer’s disease,” and many are participating in studies to help find a cure. NPR reports, “Because their bodies produce extra amyloid, most people with Down syndrome develop problems with thinking and memory by the time they reach 60.”
Scientists are testing early Alzheimer’s therapy with patients who have Down syndrome, something that was previously not possible because it was impossible to tell who would develop Alzheimer’s. Because people with Down syndrome will inevitably develop these symptoms, treating them early could help crack the code to treatments that will help everyone.
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