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Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Drug Testing in Kansas

Thursday, January 25th, 2018 2:11:41 PM
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Dr. Jeffrey Burns, M.D., M.S., leads innovative research trial at University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center

For the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their family members and loved ones, perhaps the most difficult aspect of the disease is a lack of treatment. Neurologists and medical researchers have learned an incredible amount about Alzheimer’s in recent years. Symptoms have been identified and doctors are able to more accurately diagnose the disease. However, there is still no way to completely prevent Alzheimer’s or cure it after a diagnosis.

The truth is that it’s not just those immediately affected by Alzheimer’s disease that feels the frustration caused by the mysteries that still surround the disease. For Dr. Jeffrey Burns, he views the current situation as an opportunity for research and advancement.

Dr. Burns is the co-director of the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center. His research programs at the ADC supports clinical trials testing new approaches to treating Alzheimer’s disease. A most recent program that began accepting participants in November 2017 looks to explore how Alzheimer’s can be prevented altogether, not simply treated after a diagnosis. [Source]

The research program looked to enroll 10 to 20 people in the Kansas City area in a trial for a new drug meant to delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. [Source] Dr. Burns, along with the entire KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, is one of 180 sites worldwide chosen to participate in the trial. The trial, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health, will be open to people 60 to 75 who are at high risk of Alzheimer’s because they carry a certain gene: the e4 type of the apolipoprotein E.

“People with a family history have a higher chance of having this gene,” Dr. Burns said. “That could be a signal.”

What to Know About Genetics and Alzheimer’s disease

Based on the research up to this point, scientists and medical professionals know that genes are involved in Alzheimer’s. Most experts believe that in the majority of cases, Alzheimer’s occurs as a result of genes and other risk factors such as head injury and heart health. [Source]

Genetic testing is available for individuals with a family history of Alzheimer’s or those who just want to know whether they are likely to develop the disease for other reasons. The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry is one certified resource that helps connect individuals with a genetic disposition to Alzheimer’s disease to trials and research opportunities. To learn more about The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry and other resources, visit their website here: https://www.endalznow.org/

Alzheimer’s Care Options in Wichita, KS

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory illnesses, contact ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS, to learn more about care options in your area. ComfortCare Homes has a wide network of resources for patients, family members, and caregivers. We’re happy to discuss your care options and support you and your loved one as your needs progress.

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

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