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XXII Olympic Winter Games

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, are scheduled to take place from 7 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia, with some events held in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana.
98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines will be held. Both the Olympics and 2014 Winter Paralympics are being organized by the Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC). Sochi was selected as the host city in July 2007, during the 119th IOC Session held in Guatemala City. The Sochi Olympics will be the first Olympics in the Russian Federation since the breakup of the USSR in 1991. The USSR was the host nation for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
The events of the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held around two clusters of new venues; an Olympic Park was constructed in the Imeretinsky Valley on the coast of the Black Sea, with Fisht Olympic Stadium and the Games' indoor venues located within walking distance, and snow events will be held at Krasnaya Polyana. In preparation for the games, organizers focused on modernizing the telecommunications, electric power, and transportation infrastructures of the region. While originally budgeted at US$12 billion, various factors caused the budget to expand to over US$51 billion, surpassing the estimated $44 billion cost of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as the most expensive Olympics in history.
The lead-up to the 2014 Winter Olympics was marked by several major controversies, including allegations of corruption leading to the severe cost overruns, concerns from politicians and athletes over the effects of Russia's ban on "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" on the Games, and various security concerns that Islamist Jihadist groups may attack Sochi. Vladimir Putin has declared that the Olympic Games in Sochi will be "the safest Olympics in history".

In This Issue

  • Disappointing Alzheimer's Trial Yields New Ideas
  • Diabetes & High Estrogen Levels Raise Dementia Risk For Women
  • Hearing Loss Tied To Faster Brain Shrinkage With Age
  • Bobby Vee Braves Alzheimer's To Record Once More
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions

Winter Olympic Host Cities — past, present, future
2018: Pyeongchang, South Korea
2014: Sochi, Russia / 2010: Vancouver, Canada
2006: Turin, Italy / 2002: Salt Lake City, U.S.
1998: Nagano, Japan / 1994: Lillehammer, Norway
1992: Albertville, France / 1988: Calgary, Canada
1984: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia / 1980: Lake Placid, U.S.
1976: Innsbruck, Austria / 1972: Sapporo, Japan
1968: Grenoble, France / 1964: Innsbruck, Austria
1960: Squaw Valley, U.S.
1956: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy / 1952: Oslo, Norway
1948: St. Moritz, Switzerland
1936: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1932: Lake Placid, U.S. / 1928: St. Moritz, Switzerland
1924: Chamonix, France

Sport events included in the winter games will be:
Alpine Skiing / Biathlon / Bobsleigh / Cross-Country / Curling / Figure Skating / Freestyle Skiing / Ice Hockey / Luge / Nordic Combined / Short Track / Skeleton /
Ski Jumping / Snowboard / Speed Skating

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Disappointing Alzheimer's Trial Yields New Ideas

(Source: Science Daily) - Dr. Stephen Salloway pulls no punches in describing the results of two clinical trials of the Alzheimer's drug bapineuzumab that he helped to lead. The antibody failed to produce cognitive improvement for volunteers compared to a placebo, he and colleagues report Jan. 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"We don't have the luxury of time. There is an urgency that doesn't allow us to wait. ... Without taking strategic risks, we aren't going to make the progress we need to move forward.""It is very disappointing, especially to the terrific and dedicated patients and their famililes," said Salloway, professor of neurology and psychiatry in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, director of neurology and the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital, and lead author of the study. "So much effort went into this trial. Alzheimer's is a difficult and complex disease, and we are moving forward."
As much as the negative findings stung the patient, medical, and investor communities when they first became public in 2012, Salloway said that in the intervening time, researchers have come to understand several important lessons that they are moving aggressively to apply to a next round of research.

Hearing Loss Tied To Faster Brain Shrinkage With Age

(Source: Health Day) - Older adults with impaired hearing may have a faster rate of brain shrinkage as they age, a new study suggests.

A number of studies have found that older people with hearing loss tend to have a quicker decline in their memory and thinking skills, compared to those with normal hearing.
"We've known that common, age-related hearing loss is associated with cognitive [mental] decline. The question is, why?" said Dr. Frank Lin, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and the lead researcher on the new study.
The findings, he said, offer one potential explanation: Older adults with hearing problems lose brain volume more quickly than their peers with normal hearing.
The precise reason is not clear, and the real-life impact is unknown. The study did not test participants' actual mental ability.
But the "biggest question," Lin said, is whether treating hearing impairment can slow changes in brain structure and, more importantly, delay dementia.

Diabetes & High Estrogen Levels Raise Dementia Risk For Women

(Source: Medical News Today) - New research suggests that older women who have both high estrogen levels and diabetes have a significantly higher risk of dementia, compared with older women who do not have these combined conditions. This is according to a study published online in Neurology.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease - the most common form of dementia.
Diabetes is a risk factor for dementia. Last year, Medical News Today even reported on a study detailing a new dementia risk scoring system that can predict whether older individuals with type 2 diabetes are likely to develop the condition.
But in this study, Dr. Pierre-Yves Scarabin, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Villejuif, France, and investigators found that diabetes combined with high estrogen levels may increase the risk even further.
To reach their findings, the research team measured blood estrogen levels of 543 women aged 65 or over who were free of dementia, alongside 132 who had the disorder.

(Source: ABC News) - Bobby Vee still has the infectious smile, bright eyes and boyish good looks of his 1960s pop idol days, when he scored such hits as "Take Good Care of My Baby," ''Rubber Ball" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes."

Alzheimer's disease forced Vee to stop performing in 2011, but the 70-year-old Vee — who helped a young Bob Dylan get his start — is now releasing what may be the capstone to his career.
"The Adobe Sessions" is a loose jam session recorded with his family. It features some of Vee's favorite songs from Townes Van Zandt, Gordon Lightfoot and Ricky Nelson.
"There's some songs I liked," Vee told The Associated Press on a recent sunny winter day while at Rockhouse Productions, his and his sons' recording studio in Minnesota. "I wanted to do some more music."
The album is set for release on Feb. 3, the 55th anniversary of the plane crash that killed rock 'n' roll pioneers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. The tragedy also launched Vee's career. That night, as a 15-year-old named Robert Velline from Fargo, N.D., he stepped on stage at the Moorhead National Guard Armory to take Holly's place.

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Recipe Of The Week
Winter Olympics 2014: Russian-inspired beef stroganov burger
- Recipe From The Associated Press

Beef Stroganov Burgers

1 ounce dried mushrooms (porcini, shiitake, chanterelle, oyster, button or a mix)
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 ounces fresh cremini mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1 pound 90 to 95 percent lean ground beef

In a small saucepan over medium-high, combine the dried mushrooms with the broth and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from the heat and let stand for 15 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft. Reserving the broth, strain the mixture through a strainer lined with a wet paper towel. Clean the mushrooms if you see any dirt on the edges, then finely chop them and set aside.
While the dried mushrooms are soaking, in a large nonstick skillet over medium, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer half of the onion mixture to a medium bowl.
Add another tablespoon of the oil and the fresh mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms give off all their liquid. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the reserved mushroom broth in a stream, whisking, then bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Whisk in the sour cream and mustard, then season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a saucepan and keep warm.
Wash the skillet and return it to the stove.
Add the chopped reconstituted dried mushrooms to the onions in the bowl along with a hefty pinch of salt, ground black pepper to taste, and the ground beef. Mix well and form into 4 burgers.
In the cleaned skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium. Season the burgers lightly with salt and pepper, then add them to the skillet. Cook the burgers for 3 to 5 minutes per side depending on the desired degree of doneness (3 minutes for rare and 5 for medium-well).
Transfer the burgers to each of 4 plates and spoon some sauce over each portion.

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1. What country has won the most medals at the Winter Games?
2. Which Olympic Winter Games event did the US never win a medal?
3. Who are the mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games?

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