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THE ALZHEIMER'S STORE WEEKLY NEWS

MAY 2014 VOLUME V

'Shoot That Puck'

Why do we love hockey? ...we love the speed, the hitting, the hard work, the sound of hitting the post, how the boards wobble after a big hit, the way ice smells, the goal horns, the swish of skates on ice, the thunk and rattle of a good check against the boards, an occasional fight, great goals, great saves. Our favorite thing is the combination of skill and grit. Baseball and basketball players have to be unbelieveably skilled. Football players have to be extremely athletic and tough. Hockey players on the other hand have to be both. Hockey has not only the finest skill, but also the hardest working and toughest role players. It is the perfect marriage of finese and brutality. That's the number one reason why we love hockey.

The history of Ice hockey is believed to have started in Canada in the 1850s. It is also believed that Montreal is at the centre of the development of ice hockey. The first organized game of Ice hockey was played in at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink. This game presented the use of a hockey puck to keep it within the rink; the goals were goal posts 6 feet apart, and the game was 60 minutes. The 1st rules were drawn up at McGill University, Montréal. In 1877, the first ice hockey club, named McGill University Hockey Club, was established followed by the Montreal Victoria organized in 1881.Read on to know more about the origin of Ice hockey.

In the Ice hockey history, the game of Ice hockey gains its popularity when the first "world championship" of ice hockey was highlighted in Montreal's annual Winter Carnival in 1883. However, the Montreal City Hockey League was formed in 1885. In Europe, it is said that the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club was established in 1885 to play the first Ice Hockey Varsity Match. The Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, which later became more famously known as the Stanley Club, was first awarded in 1893 to the Montreal HC. By 1893, there were almost a hundred teams in Montreal alone, and leagues throughout Canada.

Looking back to the history of Ice hockey, the first ice hockey matches were played in the year 1893 at Yale University and Johns Hopkins University. Even the first ice hockey league was established in 1896 in USA. The U. S. Amateur Hockey League was established in New York City presently after the opening of the St. Nicholas Rink and its artificial ice rink. However, Lord Stanley's five sons were instrumental in bringing ice hockey to Europe, beating a court team at Buckingham Palace in 1895. By 1903 a five-team league had been established. Moreover, the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace was founded in 1908 to govern international competitions, and the first European championships were won by Great Britain in 1910. In the mid-20th century, the Ligue became the International Ice Hockey Federation.

By the beginning of the twentieth century the game of ice hockey rapidly spread to the UK and other parts of Europe. The modern game developed in Canada is now very popular in the USA and Eastern Europe. The National Hockey League [NHL] was founded in 1917 and the league expanded into the United States in 1924. However, it is the most important league in the world; it comprises teams from the USA and Canada, but for many years almost all NHL players were Canadians. The winning team of this competition is awarded the Stanley Cup trophy. Ice Hockey was added to the Olympic Games in 1920, being one of the most popular events at the Winter Olympics.

In This Issue

  • Functional Nerve Cells From Skin Cells
  • Nationwide Interest In Cost-Saving, Coordinated Brain Care Model For Older Adults
  • JHS Grad Fights Back Against Alzheimer's
  • 'Having Alzheimer's Is An Adventure, Not A Disease'
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions
  • Information On Clinical Studies

Hockey

- AllPoetry.Com

Frozen ice
Sitting. Waiting
For the buzz to buzz
And the game begins
Skating fast
Feel the ice break beneath your blades
Handling the puck with the utmost care
As we shoot it down the rink
On net the goalie saves
It's still a tie game.


'Some people skate to the puck. I skate to where the

puck is going to be.'

- Wayne Gretzky

"If you plan to win as I do, the game never ends."

- Stan Mikita

"Everytime a puck gets past me and I look back into the net, I say uh-oh."

- Bernie Parent

"You've got to love what you're doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time."

- Gordie Howe



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Functional Nerve Cells From Skin Cells

(Source: Science Daily) - A new method of generating mature nerve cells from skin cells could greatly enhance understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, and could accelerate the development of new drugs and stem cell-based regenerative medicine.

The nerve cells generated by this new method show the same functional characteristics as the mature cells found in the body, making them much better models for the study of age-related diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and for the testing of new drugs.

Eventually, the technique could also be used to generate mature nerve cells for transplantation into patients with a range of neurodegenerative diseases.

By studying how nerves form in developing tadpoles, researchers from the University of Cambridge were able to identify ways to speed up the cellular processes by which human nerve cells mature. The findings are reported in the May 27th edition of the journal Development.

Stem cells are our master cells, which can develop into almost any cell type within the body. Within a stem cell, there are mechanisms that tell it when to divide, and when to stop dividing and transform into another cell type, a process known as cell differentiation. Several years ago, researchers determined that a group of proteins known as transcription factors, which are found in many tissues throughout the body, regulate both mechanisms.


JHS Grad Fights Back Against Alzheimer's

(Source: My Journal Courier) - A former Jacksonville woman’s love for her grandmother is driving her to battle the disease that has stolen the memories of so many, including those of her beloved “Pollygram.”

Carrie Mann Allen’s story about how Alzheimer’s disease has affected her family is not unlike the stories of countless others around the world who struggle to come to grips with the insidious and debilitating condition. The major difference, perhaps, is that Allen, a 2000 graduate of Jacksonville High School, is speaking out and helping to raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s.

Much of Allen’s story centers on Polly “Pollygram” Prokop, Allen’s 92-year-old maternal grandmother, who now lives at Heritage Health in Jacksonville, and what she has done to bring more awareness to Alzheimer’s. Allen, who now lives in Boston, is the daughter of Jim and Lin Mann and the sister of Jay Mann, all of Jacksonville.

“When Pollygram forgot who I was, I sought out the Alzheimer’s Association in New York City,” Allen said.

“There I found a group of professionals my age all dealing with Alzheimer’s in their lives,” she said. “I wanted to be able to do something that allowed me to use my marketing and event-planning skills to make a difference, an impact. I found just that in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Junior Committee, NYC chapter.”

Allen then began organizing events and fundraisers around a new concept, Blondes vs. Brunettes. It involves a flag football game with 50-plus “inspiring, athletic and dedicated young women” on the field and a like number off the field, raising awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, Allen said.

Nationwide Interest In Cost-Saving, Coordinated Brain Care Model For Older Adults

(Source: Medical News Today) - The patient and caregiver-centered Aging Brain Care program, developed by researchers at the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, is attracting nationwide interest for its ability to improve health outcomes and quality of care for those with cognitive impairment while dramatically lowering costs to patients and health care systems.

On May 22 and 23, a team of physicians and nurse managers from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will visit Indianapolis and Lafayette, Ind., to learn more about the innovative Aging Brain Care model - ABC for short - and how implementation science is bringing rapid health improvement to older adults at lower cost. In June, a team from the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science and the ABC program will travel to New Hampshire to follow up with on-site training at Dartmouth.

"Our goal is no less than to transform how health care systems in communities across the nation provide care to these vulnerable patients - improving quality of life for older adults and saving money," said Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH, who developed the ABC model. He is chief operating officer of the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science at Indiana University School of Medicine. The ABC model was the initial product of the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science and one of the center's growing number of population health management programs.

'Having Alzheimer's s An Adventure, Not A Disease'

(Source: The Guardian) - The Momentia movement helps people with dementia contribute to society, and lessens the stigma that can accompany diagnosis. Jeremy Hunt announced investment to improve early diagnosis of dementia.

On a recent trip to London, I met policymakers and care industry leaders to discuss a new approach to supporting older people. Prior to my visit, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, made an announcement that caught my attention: he unveiled a package of care to help support those living with dementia, and their families.

Among the initiatives, Hunt said NHS England would invest £90m to improve diagnosis waiting times, a world dementia envoy would be appointed, and British businesses would train staff to become dementia friends.

The investment in early diagnosis is a step forward as it may help us to better understand the cluster of conditions we refer to as dementia. And an initiative such as "dementia friends" is a good way of helping people to understand and support those living with dementia.

But I have two issues with the announcement. It still treats the individual as a victim, and it doesn't help people remain valuable members of their community. Early diagnosis is one thing, but what is in place to help people with dementia enjoy rich and joyful lives?


The Alzheimer's Store Featured Product!

Item #3012 Refrigerator Latches


Dangers lurk in the refrigerator, especially for those in the middle and later stages of AD – including glass jars, raw meats, wine and even medications that require refrigeration. Unsupervised visits to the kitchen could spell disaster. This low visible, child-proof refrigerator latch can be installed on both the refrigerator and freezer doors, out of the immediate field of vision, to help deter or limit access. (Sold in pairs to protect both the refrigerator and the freezer compartments.)

Recipe Of The Week

Start your day with these sweet, berry-filled muffins that are delicious on their own or spread with a touch of butter or jam. - Recipe From Cooking.Com
Mixed Berry Muffins

Ingredients

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups mixed berries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar and egg. Whisk in the milk, melted butter, vanilla and lemon juice. Form a well in the dry ingredients and gradually stir in the milk mixture. Fold in the berries.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tin and bake about 18 to 20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before serving.


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

May 27th - 11:30 am-1:30 pm - The Basics Of Alzheimer's Disease / Hollywood, FL

May 28th - 10:30 am-1:00 pm - Alzheimer's Research & Cognitive Disorders / Spring Valley, CA

May 29th - 1:00 pm - Synaptic Adaptor Proteins in Alzheimer's Disease / New York, NY

May 30th - 8:30 am-4:45 pm - Alzheimer's Conference / Greenville, NC

May 31st - All Day - 2nd Annual Alzheimer's Poker Run / Longwood, FL

CONGRATULATIONS TO KATHY FROM MT GREENWOOD, IL WINNER OF OUR MAY TRIVIA CONTEST!!!

Take a guess at these trivia questions ..answers will be posted in next week's newsletter

1. What does a hat trick mean in hockey terms?

2. What hockey team has won the most Stanley Cups?

3. What is the penalty for fighting in the NHL?


**email your answers to contact@alzstore.com & include your name & address to be in the running for a free gift! Winner will be chosen at random at the beginning of each month... Thank you for participating in our trivia challenge!!

Answers to last week's trivia; Vulcan / Pumice / Maleo

INFORMATION ON CLINICAL STUDIES:

*NeuroAD - This cutting-edge study involves non-invasive, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and cognitive exercises in the NeuroAD chair. The device sends magnetic waves into the brain. This stimulation combined with cognitive exercises is expected to result in a measurable cognitive improvement after just a few weeks of treatment. / Learn more...

* CBN - Cannabis Industry making strides in developing new patents, therapy solutions and diversified products for medical patients.To support its existing CBN patent, the company has delivered pure CBN compound to two research facilities in Europe where testing will be started to establish activity of CBN alone and in combination with other cannabinoids in anxiety, sleep disorders as well as in variety of neurological conditions including Alzheimer's disease. / Learn more...

* Anavex Plus - Anavex plans to initiate clinical trials with ANAVEX PLUS for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. ANAVEX PLUS is the Company's proprietary compound ANAVEX 2-73 administered in combination with donepezil, the generic version of Aricept®. Donepezil's combination with a Sigma 1 receptor agonist (ANAVEX 2-73) is believed to enhance efficacy. The trials will consist of a prospective, multicenter, two-part study involving up to 300 mild-to-moderate AD patients. / Learn more...

* NOBLE is a clinical study to evaluate an investigational drug for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. Participants will receive the study drug or a placebo. During this study, if you are already taking Aricept or Namenda, you will probably continue to take it along with the study drug or placebo. Studies already done have shown that this investigational drug appears safe. It may work by protecting brain cells which would result in improved memory. But, this has not been proven yet. / Learn more...

* SNIFF - The purpose of the SNIFF study is to find out whether a type of insulin, when administered as a nasal spray, improves memory in adults with a mild memory impairment or Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The rationale behind the study is growing evidence that insulin carries out multiple functions in the brain and that poor regulation of insulin may contribute to the development of AD. Insulin resistance, reduced cerebrospinal fluid insulin levels, and reduced brain insulin signals have been found in AD patients, suggesting that a therapy aimed at correcting these deficiencies may be beneficial. / Learn more...

* LymPro - a blood-based test for AD, should be launched as a laboratory-developed test (LDT) in the US by the end of the year. The test assesses the rate at which lymphocytes (white blood cells) can proliferate (based on CD69 expression) as studies indicate the regulation of lymphocyte replication is impaired in patients with AD. / Learn more...

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