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So I was doing my usual morning routine -  drinking my coffee while I check my work e-mail, respond to important messages, check my schedule, and then do a quick check of headlines on CNN.  I typically check the main page, the US news, World news, Technology, and then the Health news.  90% of the "Health" news is mindless dribble, but every so often there's a fascinating new study gets posted.  Even though CNN's analysis of the study is usually pathetic, I'll at least hear that the study HAPPENED, and then I can go find the actual paper in a medical journal or publication.  And sometimes, one story links to another story on another news site about medical research.

Today, I found this:
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/28/news/la-heb-alzheimers-from-your-mother-is-worse-20110228

I clicked on the article, and it said that the work was done by researchers here at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  Yeah, that's where I work.  And I know some of the folks over in neurology... including one of my fellow Star Trek buddies.  And then I read this quote from the article:
"The researchers said they don’t know why Alzheimer’s appears to be more aggressive when inherited from one’s mother instead of one’s father. Perhaps it’s related to mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited only from one’s mother and which may be responsible for faulty glucose metabolism in brain tissue affected by Alzheimer’s, they wrote."

Russ, my Trekkie friend, works specifically on cellular metabolism as it relates to Alzheimer's and other degenerative neurological diseases.  That caught my attention.  So, I printed out a copy of the article and stopped by his office on my way back from doing a chemical inventory in another lab.  And lo and behold, it was his research! 

Russ is a sorta adjunct member of the USS Macchiato.  Busy man with a family, and thus he hasn't been to one of our get-togethers, but he's a true-blue, to-the-core Trekkie.  I named one of the characters from "Crossfire," the neurologist from Starfleet Medical "Admiral Swerdlow," after him, and now I call him the Admiral.  He seems to get a kick out of it.  I swear, the man is going to invent tri-ox compound, just so he can say that he did. 

He printed out a copy of the research paper so I can read it in full.  It's quite fascinating.

So... here's to a fellow Trekkie, doing great things!  I think Dr. McCoy would be proud.

Date: 2011-03-03 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abigail89.livejournal.com
An excellent shout-out to your compatriot. We salute our fellow Trekkie for his work!

Date: 2011-03-03 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mijan.livejournal.com
I'll let him know we're all cheering for him. :)

Date: 2011-03-03 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowangolightly.livejournal.com
Actually, that hits more than a little close to home for me.

You see, my mother died of Alzheimers in '03. I once volunteered for a study but never heard back on it.

Very cool...that give me hope that good work is being done. 'Cause odds are, I may need it.

Date: 2011-03-03 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mijan.livejournal.com
Well, keep looking for studies. First of all, there's no guarantee that you will OR won't develop it. Same with all of us. It's just the odds. And in addition, there are new technologies and advancements in medicine all the time. They might find a cure next year. There DEFINITELY is hope.

Hell, we've got Dr. Swerdlow on the case. There's definitely hope.

Date: 2011-03-03 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowangolightly.livejournal.com
I honestly think that *some* of the probability for or against getting it is tied to how people deal with their emotions. Now, this isn't scientific in the least, just based on my own observations. I think that some people who have uncomfortable, painful things in their past (as my mother did) and who don't want to remember those things tell their brain to "forget." The body deals in absolutes; you tell it to forget and it will. In other words, I think in some way she pre-programmed herself to get it. And yes, that sounds wacky but it's been part of why I am so ruthless about feeling my feelings and dealing with stuff.

And it's too long and involved to get into here but it would be interesting to discuss with you sometime.

Date: 2011-03-03 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daystarsearcher.livejournal.com
Wow, that's fascinating. I personally find Alzheimer's to be one of the most terrifying diseases out there, so I'm glad more stuff is being found out about it.

Date: 2011-03-03 07:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] seticat.livejournal.com
That goes beyond seriously cool!

[BTW: If he's a member of SFI, there are a metric butt load of really good recognitions he could be put in for.]

Date: 2011-03-03 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artistflop.livejournal.com
Oh dear.... My maternal grandmother had alzheimers, and my Mom already lives in abject dread of it. I sometimes think she sees early "signs" of it in her every slip of memory.

Now I'm wondering if I should call her up and tell her about this, or just keep my mouth shut, because knowing is unlikely to make any real difference, and will definitely freak her out all the more....

Date: 2011-03-03 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mijan.livejournal.com
You don't want to freak her out, but if I were you, I'd keep an eye on her for early signs of the disease. If she starts to show signs, bring her to a neurologist. They're trying treatments for early intervention, and there are new discoveries and advances all the time. Don't give up hope! Ignoring a problem never helps.

Date: 2011-03-04 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trigeekgirl.livejournal.com
That is SO PHENOMENALLY COOL, to sound like the kid in the Incredibles.

I wanna read that paper too.

Date: 2011-03-04 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxestacado.livejournal.com
Awesome! I heard about this study just this morning.

Date: 2011-03-04 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mijan.livejournal.com
*grins* Yep, that research was done by one of my friends. :)

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