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FEBRUARY 2014 VOLUME III

Saturn's Auroras

Ultraviolet and infrared images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope show active and quiet auroras at Saturn’s north and south poles. While NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, orbiting around Earth, was able to observe the northern auroras in ultraviolet wavelengths, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, orbiting around Saturn, got complementary close-up views in infrared, visible-light and ultraviolet wavelengths. Cassini could also see northern and southern parts of Saturn that don’t face Earth.
The result is a kind of step-by-step choreography detailing how the auroras move, showing the complexity of these auroras and how scientists can connect an outburst from the sun and its effect on the magnetic environment at Saturn. Images from Cassini’s ultraviolet imaging spectrometer (UVIS), obtained from an unusually close range of about six Saturn radii, provided a look at the changing patterns of faint emissions on scales of a few hundred miles (kilometers) and tied the changes in the auroras to the fluctuating wind of charged particles blowing off the sun and flowing past Saturn.
The UVIS images also suggest that one way the bright auroral storms may be produced is by the formation of new connections between magnetic field lines. That process causes storms in the magnetic bubble around Earth. The new data also give scientists clues to a long-standing mystery about the atmospheres of giant outer planets.
There is still more work to do. A group of scientists led by Tom Stallard at the University of Leicester is busy analyzing complementary data taken during the same time window by two ground-based telescopes in Hawaii — the W.M. Keck Observatory and NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility. The results will help them understand how particles are ionized in Saturn’s upper atmosphere and will help them put a decade of ground-based telescope observations of Saturn in perspective, because they can see what disturbance in the data comes from Earth’s atmosphere.

In This Issue

  • Under Nutrition Is A Major Problem For People With Dementia
  • Elevated Brain Aluminium And Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease In An Individual Occupationally Exposed TO Aluminium
  • Japan Study Looks To Big Data For Signs Of Alzheimer's
  • Pacifica Son Rides For A Future Without Alzheimer's
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions

Saturn's auroras glow when energetic electons dive into the planet's atmosphere. Sometimes a blast of fast solar wind creates an active aurora at Saturn as occured on Apr 5 & May 20, 2013. See a video of Saturn's dazzling aurora light show here

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Under Nutrition Is A Major Problem For People With Dementia

(Source: Scoop Independent News) - Report shows under nutrition is a major problem for people with dementia

A new report released today reveals that under nutrition is a major problem among people with dementia, and highlights the importance of nutrition in dementia care. Under nutrition can occur when food intake is inadequate to maintain general health.

Research reviewed in the international report finds that 20-45 percent of people in the community with dementia experience weight loss that could affect their general health, over a one year period. It also shows that up to half of people with dementia in care homes have an inadequate food intake.

The report titled ‘Nutrition and dementia: a review of existing research’ reviews existing international research into nutrition and dementia, and was commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and global catering company Compass Group. The research was led by Professor Martin Prince from the King’s College London Global Observatory for Ageing and Dementia Care.

Alzheimers New Zealand has welcomed the new report, and says nutrition must be a key consideration in the care of people with dementia, whether they are living at home, or in a residential care facility.

Japan Study Looks To Big Data For Signs Of Alzheimer's

(Source: MSN News) - Researchers in Japan will trawl through huge amounts of data to search for possible precursors to Alzheimer's Disease in a bid to identify who might develop a condition affecting millions around the world.
The study, which involves the healthcare arm of General Electric, will be based on a health survey that Hirosaki University in the northern prefecture of Aomori has been conducting for years.

The survey is in its 10th year and includes a total of 9,000 residents in the prefecture, covering subjects as diverse as bacteria in bowels to dental health, density of bone and athletic ability, an official at Hirosaki University said.

More than 300 areas are covered, including blood pressure, pulse rate and other bodily data as well as information on lifestyle and family history of disease.

Researchers also hope to collect genetic information, pending individual approval, said officials from the university and GE Healthcare Japan.

Blood samples from the people surveyed previously have been kept frozen but their genetic information has not been collected.

Researchers are also mulling ways to track down people who stopped coming to annual health checks because, if they have developed dementia, it could give clues to which factors they should keep an eye on.



Elevated Brain Aluminium And Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease In An Individual Occupationally Exposed To Aluminium

(Source: Medical News Today) - Research at Keele University in Staffordshire has shown for the first time that an individual who was exposed to aluminium at work and died of Alzheimer's disease had high levels of aluminium in the brain.

While aluminium is a known neurotoxin and occupational exposure to aluminium has been implicated in neurological disease, including Alzheimer's disease, this finding is believed to be the first record of a direct link between Alzheimer's disease and elevated brain aluminium following occupational exposure to the metal.

In 2003 a 58-year-old Caucasian male with no previous medical history of note was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Ten years previous to this the man, from the north-east of England, began to work with the preparation of a novel material (DARMATT KM1) used as insulation in the nuclear fuel and space industries. This work exposed him to aluminium sulphate 'dust' on a daily basis over 8 years. An 'ordinary' dust mask was supplied to protect against inhalation of the materials. Within a short time of starting this work the man complained of headaches, tiredness and mouth ulcers. By 1999 he started to show problems in relation to memory and suffered depression.

Pacifica Son Rides For A Future Without Alzheimer's

(Source: Pacifica Tribune) - On Saturday, May 31, Pacifica-raised Dan DeBardeleben will climb on his road bike and head out of San Francisco. He'll be traveling a long way, but he's packing light — riding jerseys and riding shorts, six each, rain gear, two extra sets of tires, 11 tubes, one extra chain, bike cables, eight spokes, two pairs of regular shorts, tennis shoes, one pair of Levi's, sandals, several sweatshirts, sun screen, his computer — two bags worth of stuff, one bag for clothes, the other for bike gear.

His ride is for a cause very dear to his heart. He rides to raise money to fund research to end Alzheimer's. He will ride 3,845 miles. His good friend Bob is the inspiration behind his ride.

"In 2007, Bob was diagnosed with Alzheimer's," DeBardeleben said. "He and I have been friends for 46 years. Bob is 69 years old."

Bob is being taken care of by his wife Chris," DeBardeleben went on to say. "They have known each other since high school and have been married for more than 35 years. This is a 24/7 job for Chris but she loves her man. Twice a week a caregiver comes for eight hours to give her a break. As the disease progresses, her task will become more of a challenge."

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Recipe Of The Week
“As we approach longer space missions, initially extending from six months to 12, and someday beyond that, nutrition will play a critical role in the health and safety of crew members on these missions, and in the ultimate success of these next steps in space exploration,” says NASA nutritionist, Scott Smith. If you want to test out a little of this astronaut nutrition yourself, check out this recipe, courtesy of NASA Space Food Systems Laboratory – it contains moderate iron and high protein:

NASA Mini-Vegetable Quiche

Ingredients

4 whole eggs

3/4 cup canned low-fat evaporated milk, 2%
½ lb. fresh zucchini
4 oz. cream cheese
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
½ cup Swiss cheese, shredded
Tops of 3 fresh green onions
1 cup corn flake crumbs
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp coarse grind black pepper
No-stick cooking spray

Directions

1. Remove cream cheese from the refrigerator so that it can soften.

2. Preheat convection oven to 275°F.
3. Spray petite loaf pans with the no-stick cooking spray.
4. Coat each compartment of the loaf pans with corn flake crumbs.
5. Wash green onions and zucchini thoroughly.
6. Trim ends from zucchini. Grate zucchini.
7. Chop sliced mushrooms and the green onions.
8. Place softened cream cheese into a bowl and beat until smooth. Add evaporated milk to the cream cheese, a little at a time, mixing well after each addition.
9. Add eggs to the cream cheese mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
10. Heat sauté pan over medium heat. Melt butter and sauté chopped green onions and mushrooms just until soft, about 5 minutes.
11. Add black pepper to sautéed vegetables. Mix well and set aside.
12. Combine sautéed vegetables with zucchini and Swiss cheese; mix well.
13. Combine vegetable mixture with egg mixture and mix well.
14. Add vegetable quiche to each compartment until the compartment is almost filled to the top.
15. Bake pans of quiche for approximately 25-27 minutes at 275°F (until internal temperature is 170°F). The quiche will rise a bit during cooking and then fall slightly. Cooked quiche may brown slightly on top.
16. Allow quiche to cool before removing from pans.

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Events Calendar: (if you would like to list your upcoming event, email us at contact@alzstore.com)

Feb 18th - 5:00-7:00 pm - Walk To End Alzheimer's Committee Kickoff / Des Moines, IA

Feb 19th - 10:30 am - Alzheimer's Disease Support Group / Pembroke Pines, FL

Feb 20th -6:30-8:00 pm - Living With Alzheimer's Early Stage Part 2 / Rochester, NY

Feb 21st - 7:30 am-5:00 pm - Successful Aging: Reducing Your Risk For Alzheimer's Disease / Tucson, TX

Feb 27th- 7:00-8:30 pm - Driving & Dementia / Rochester, NY

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