Alzheimer’s Disease and Nutrition

It was my turn to take my dad to his doctor’s visit. My father had fallen four days before injuring his back and ribs. My dad is 84 and my mom is 74. My mom had no recollection of my father falling, the paramedics being at their home, the five hours we spent in the emergency room or that less than an hour before this visit, I had told her why we were there. I had been battling with coming to grips with the probability of mom having the most publicized form of Senile Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease.

I asked their doctor if he had any suspicions that perhaps might indicate further testing to identify whether or not my mom had Alzheimer’s Disease. He was quick to respond on how “people,” (me, in this case) are so ready to categorize and label, and never answered my questions or validated my concerns.

Promising Treatment for Cancer and AIDS-Related Muscle Wasting Receives

A promising treatment for muscle wasting that often accompanies diseases like cancer and AIDS has gotten the attention of federal agencies within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

MTI BioTech of Ames, Iowa, a leading research firm focusing on muscle metabolism and function has received a $750,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute and a $100,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to support continued clinical research on their product named Juven. Juven is an over-the-counter nutritional product that has been used to combat wasting in AIDS patients. Clinical studies now show that it is also an effective treatment for wasting associated with cancer.