Searching for Answers & Hope: Learning About a Disease that Steals Memories

Date: July 1st, 2010

First they told her she had Alzheimer’s disease. Next they suggested that the medications they had prescribed to control her anxiety and depression were the cause. Then they told her it was Parkinson’s. It was years before doctors finally figured out what was making Susan Grant’s mind slip away. “For a long time I told my M.D. that something was different in my brain. Something was not working right,” recounts Susan. Six diagnoses, countless hours of tests, and a lot of

Better Treatments Sought for Neurological Diseases

Date: February 1st, 2007

William Shakespeare famously described life’s seven stages, none of them in especially happy terms. The final stage of old age is “second childishness and mere oblivion/Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.” Most people with neurological conditions aren’t quite that decrepit, but Shakespeare’s words from “As You Like It” seem to capture accurately the helplessness of mind and body that gradually overtakes people with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. So far, there are no cures for these two most common neurological

A Time to Commit

Date: April 1st, 2005

Despite scientific evidence that a cure for Parkinson’s disease could be near – perhaps no more than five years away – the National Institutes of Health was recently unable to initiate clinical trials to test four new Parkinson’s drugs. The NIH also found itself unable to launch a clinical trial network to test new therapies for age-related macular degeneration, and had to postpone the production and clinical testing of four potential pandemic influenza vaccines by at least a year. Advances in