Monday, July 25, 2011

University of Minnesota researchers link tau to Alzheimer's disease

The University of Minnesota said Wednesday that scientists have established a firm relationship between a protein known as tau and Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of elderly dementia in the United States.

In a study published in the journal Neuron, researchers say that an early buildup of tau in the dendritic spines, a region of the brain responsible for electrochemical stimulation, can cause memory loss by disrupting communications between brain cells.

Tau has long been considered an early biomarker for the onset of Alzheimer's. By forging a direct link between tau and a specific brain area and function, researchers could possibly design ways to treat Alzheimer's before it significantly damages the brain.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011


At this very moment, becoming a victim of a terrorist attack, seeking shelter from a tornado or calling 911 for emergency medical attention it totally inconceivable. Yet for millions, the inconceivable calamity becomes a startling realty every day.

There is no warning for a child suffering a head injury from a bicycle fall, a dad falling from a ladder cleaning a gutter, grandma having a heart attack, an ammonia spill across the street from the church, or an Alzheimer's victim wandering.

Ask yourself, when it happens will you have the presence of mind to gather the personal identification information, prescriptions, medical history, physician contacts and phone numbers of loved ones and communicate with each the information they need? The answer is self evident, but the question remains; "how can I prepare myself and my family for the improbable?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Code Amber Alertag knows the answers to the "who, what and when"

While GPS tracking can answer the "where" question, the Code Amber Alertag knows the answers to the "who, what and when" questions that first responders to medical emergencies need to know to provide informed treatment. Directional GPS has saved the lives of thousands by guiding emergency services to the precise location of people and pets in need of immediate medical attention. Getting there quickly however, may just be the first of many life and death decisions that need to considered especially if you, like one in four other Americans, have a chronic condition or a serious allergy. That's why everyone needs a Code Amber Alertag.