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Books and memory problems

I have always loved reading books  if there was an interesting story attached to them, but these days I struggle, but this is for a few reasons,
I don't always remember where I am in a story, when I pick a book back up
The names don't always fit in later, and I get very confused about who is who, apart from the main characters.
This may have good points because I can read a book over a few times, and apart from a "name", the rest does not seem familiar at all.
The names which come,  to mind are usually names, similar to those of people I have met in early or working life, people who usually were of interest to me for one reason or another
My wife can usually tell straight away if I have read a book,  but reading the cover, where I simply don't remember at all.
While it could be distressing not remembering what I have read, it also means that I don't get  bored. 
I sometimes have problems understanding so words, or pronouncing them when reading,  so I some…

New PET Tracer

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Taken for Parkinson’s News
New PET Tracer with Potential to Diagnose Parkinson’s to Be Tested in First-in-Human Study
March 23, 2018
by Jose Marques Lopes, PhD
In News.

An innovative Positron Emission Tomography (PET) tracer that has the potential to diagnose Parkinson’s disease will soon be tested in humans for the first time.


Led by Switzerland-based AC Immune, which developed the technology, the study is expected to begin in the second half of 2018. The company recently presented the data on its new product at the AAT-AD/PDTM Focus Meeting 2018 in Turin, Italy.


“We are excited about this significant step in our development of potentially the first ever PET tracer for earlier and more accurate diagnosis of Parkinson’s,” Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune, said in a press release. “This important milestone underlines our vision to become a global leader in precision medicine of neurodegenerative diseases, leveraging our proprietary technology platform.”


The company used its Morphomer platform,…

Medical problems

I have struggled to write anything on the blog since Christmas, but this is because I cannot get my mind set on writing anything of any sense.I was close to deleting the blog, but followed my wife's advice, and left it running, in the hope that I can start it off againSimple tasks around the house have been left, because I had problems deciding how to do them.  This has been caused by thinking and planning problems, something which has got a lot worse recently, along with the fact that, I have also been struggling with constant back pain, balance and walking problems.All of this started back in September and got worse, leaving me feeling very frustrated and annoyed at times.I have always had back problems, but lver this time things got much worse.I used to be able to walk 5 miles a day at a push, but now I struggle to do 2 miles without constant breaks for a rest, and I have to admit that it's becoming frightening at times  This is because my legs feel strangely weak and heavy…

Real dedication

Over the last week we have seen some horrendous weather, which did it's best to  cripple the country. But during this time we have seen many people think of others rather than just themselves. We have seen people turn out in 4x4 vehicles and offering their services to get patients and  staff to hospitals free of charge Some garages offering new,  4x4 vehicles to emergency services to assist them in their work People going out to pick up prescriptions for people who simply could not leave their homes. We have seen people go out and help recover vehicles stuck in the snow But it's amazing to see people like nurses who struggled to get into work, spending their nights sleeping in the hospital so that they were there for the next days shift. 
This is real dedication,  because as we all know nurses put their patients first,  and its been proved this week. I heard this morning that a  road clearance crew in County Durham , scaled a fence to rescue sheep buried deep in snow. …

Tests early Parkinsons

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Test targets early Parkinson’s, dementia diagnoses in patients with Lewy bodies
Published on February 13, 2018 by Douglas Clark

Diagnosis of Parkinsons, and lewy Body dementia

The Rocky Mountain Lab in Hamilton is helping with an international effort to create earlier diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Scientists who are developing a rapid, practical test for the early diagnosis of prion diseases have modified the test to offer the possibility of improving early diagnosis of Parkinson’s and dementia with Lewy bodies.  The group, led by the National Institutes of Health, tested 60 cerebral spinal fluid samples, including 12 from people with Parkinson’s disease, 17 from people with dementia with Lewy bodies, and 31 controls, including 16 of whom had Alzheimer’s disease. The test correctly excluded all the 31 controls and diagnosed both Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies with 93 percent accuracy.
All the testing of the samples and analysis of results was done at Rocky Mountain Lab in Hamilton by a lab group led by Dr. Byron Caughey. Importantly, test results were available within two days, compared to others tha…

Amazing people

Over the last week, the weather has been extremely harsh to say the least. It's bad enough if you are physically and mentally fit, but to those of us with medical conditions, it has been hard to cope with.I personally don't like snow because I have balance problems to start with, coupled with my slowness in planning these days, life is a little hazardous to say the least. However I have seen and read many stories about people in the North East which have made me proud of the area. People with 4 wheel drive vehicles offering to take doctors and nurses into hospitals, when they were stuck without transport.Some spending time recovering vehicles stuck in the deep snow, without and thought of rewards etc. Some nurses staying in the hospitals when they are finished, because there was no guarantees of them getting home again, let alone getting back to work the next day. This shows real dedication to their role in life, and shows this Government up completely, as possibly one on the …

Amazing people

Over the last week, the weather has been extremely harsh to say the least. It's bad enough if you are physically and mentally fit, but to those of us with medical conditions, it has been hard to cope with.I personally don't like snow because I have balance problems to start with, coupled with my slowness in planning these days, life is a little hazardous to say the least. However I have seen and read many stories about people in the North East which have made me proud of the area. People with 4 wheel drive vehicles offering to take doctors and nurses into hospitals, when they were stuck without transport.Some spending time recovering vehicles stuck in the deep snow, without and thought of rewards etc. Some nurses staying in the hospitals when they are finished, because there was no guarantees of them getting home again, let alone getting back to work the next day. This shows real dedication to their role in life, and shows this Government up completely, as possibly one on the …