WMSN FOX 47
 

FOX 47 - Health News

MADISON (WMSN) -- The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine now houses one of the premier research labs for Alzheimer's Disease.

It is a debilitating disease, affecting 160,000 families in Wisconsin. Alzheimer's patients suffer memory loss, poor judgment, and language problems -- making treatment difficult



"The person with the disease has trouble communicating, so we don't know what to do to help them," said Paul Rusk, executive director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association.



And the number of cases is spiking -- 115 million people worldwide by the year 2050.



"Over the age of 85, 40 percent of people at that age have Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Sanjay Asthana. "Another 20 percent have some kind of memory problem."



Dr. Asthana is director of the new Alzheimer's Disease research center. He says the illness creates social and economic burdens for families.



"The disease is so devastating. It's projected that millions of people will have the disease in this country, and bankrupt the Medicare system, unless we find an effective treatment."



Doctors have lofty goals -- to recognize and treat the disease before symptoms start. Using brain scans, blood tests, and psychological exams, doctors hope to discover the secrets of alzheimer's -- most importantly, how it happens and who's going to get it.



One of the most unique features of the UW center is a statewide registry of at-risk Alzheimer's patients. Doctors say these 1,300 people -- some as young as 20 -- could be a key to treatments down the road.



"We know these people are at genetic risk for the disease," Dr. Asthana said. "So, we'll follow them over 20, 30 years to see who develops the disease and why they're different from those who don't."



Proactive steps, researches hope, will uncover the mystery of Alzheimer's.



Said Rusk, "Participating in research is an incredibly powerful way to fight back."



UWSM received a $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and Aging for the project. It is one of only 17 centers in the entire country to take on this kind of work.



People at UWSM hope to open another Alzheimer's center in Milwaukee, targeted at helping minority patients.

Alzheimer's Research Center Opens

Video List

Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!

Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)

Ebola worries could keep some Dallas students home
The announcement that five Dallas schoolchildren were possibly exposed to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has some nervous parents planning to keep their kids home.

Role respiratory virus played in four deaths unclear, officials say
Four people who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country have died, but what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear, health officials said Wednesday.

Loss of smell may be predictor of death in elderly, study says
Being unable to smell bacon frying may be far more dire than simply missing out on one of life's pleasures. In older adults, it could be a predictor of increased risk of death within five years.

The new form of infidelity
When we think of infidelity, most of us picture the typical affair: A mysterious, beautiful woman, a discreet hotel room and lipstick-stained collars. However, not all cheating is so cut-and-dry. In fact, there are ways to betray your partner without ever even looking at another woman.

Officials monitoring second possible Ebola patient in the U.S.
Texas health officials are monitoring a person who had been in close contact with the first-reported Ebola patient in the U.S., reported WFAA.

Advertise with us!

Tonight on FOX 47

5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
7:00pm Hell's Kitchen
8:00pm Red Band Society
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Mike & Molly
10:35pm Mike & Molly
11:05pm Two and a Helf Men
11:35pm The Simpsons
12:05am Community


Complete FOX 47 Schedule

To FOX.com

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix