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    Al Brown, the TV actor known across the world as Col. Stan Valchek on the TV series The Wire, died Friday aged 83, his manager confirmed Saturday. His manager, who identified himself as Michael in a Facebook post on Brown’s fan account, said: “I am sad to let you know that angels came for Al yesterday morning, Friday, January 13, 2023. May his memory be a blessing to his family, his friends, and each of you. This page will remain as a testimony to Al’s work and love for his fans.” Brown’s daughter, Jenny, also confirmed her father’s Las Vegas death to TMZ, citing the cause as a result of Alzheimer’s. In The Wire, Brown’s role spanned from 2002 to 2008, playing a dubious law enforcement officer for the Baltimore Police Department for 20 episodes. While Brown was known for his part in the hit TV series The Wire, Brown – who Jenny said began acting in the ’90s after serving in the Air Force along with two tours in Vietnam. – had a long list of credits to his...
    AL Brown, best known for his role on The Wire, has passed away at 83. His death was confirmed by his loved ones, with his daughter, Jenny, confirming to TMZ that he passed away on Friday in Las Vegas following a battle with Alzheimer’s.  1Al Brown, known for playing Col Stan Valchek on The Wire, has died at age 83Credit: Shutterstock Jenny said that Brown was grateful for his fans and was happy to talk with them if they recognized him for all the roles he played over the years. Brown got into acting in the 1990s, decades after completing his service in the Air Force, where he served two tours in Vietnam. He is perhaps best known for playing Col Stan Valchek in The Wire during the 2000s. Valchek was a high-ranking official in the Baltimore Police Department, who was oftentimes corrupt and gave the main characters a hard time. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online.The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures,...
    A woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's disappeared from a Miami airport after deplaning without her airline-issued escort.  Colombia native María Velásquez, 63, lives in Connecticut and was flying from Massachusetts to Miami on Saturday to spend the holidays with her family. When she landed at Miami International Airport, Miami-Dade Police said that Velásquez 'unintentionally missed the personnel which were going to assist her' after arriving at the gate. Her son, Jonathan Vanegas, told news outlets in Miami that he had made arrangements with American Airlines to ensure that someone would escort Velásquez to a family member who was going to pick her up. But she went missing - before showing up two days later on Monday.  Miami-Dade Police said Colombia native María Velásquez, who suffers from Alzheimer's was safely located Monday on a Miami street. The 63-year-old 'unintentionally missed the personnel which were going to assist her,' police said, moments after her American Airlines flight had landed at Miami International Airport on Saturday María Velásquez (left) was reunited with her son Jonathan Vanegas (right) on Monday, two days after the 63-year-old woman,...
    Chris Hemsworth has revealed he will be taking a break from acting to spend time with his family. The Thor star, 39, told Vanity Fair, he has decided to take 'time off' after filming a confronting episode about death on his new Disney+ docu-series Limitless. 'Doing an episode on death and facing your own mortality made me go, "Oh God, I'm not ready to go yet",' he said.  Chris Hemsworth has announced he's taking 'time off' acting following shock health news after undergoing extensive bloodwork on his new show 'I want to sit and be in this space with a greater sense of stillness and gratitude. And then you start talking about kids and family...' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Chris Hemsworth holds hands with wife Elsa Pataky during... Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky step out with their friends... Chris Hemsworth reveals that he hasn't seen his grandfather... Chris Hemsworth discovers he may be at risk of getting... Share this article Share 1.6k shares Chris explained: 'It really triggered something in...
    TALK about gut health is everywhere.  But is this just another fad? Or could looking after your tummy be the key to keeping healthy?  8Scientists believe that if you look after your gut - it will look after you by helping to cut the risk of illnesses including cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’sCredit: Getty Scientists from the University of East Anglia have found that changing your gut bacteria can keep you healthy into midlife and beyond, reducing risk of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s. The problem is that, as we age, the trillions of microbes in our tummies age, too. These bacteria, fungi and viruses can turn toxic and speed up the development of disease.  Only now, scientists are beginning to discover how we can keep these microbes young.  Doing so will not only lower your risk of diseases such as cancer and dementia in later life, but could also eliminate troublesome symptoms such as tummy pain and bloating in the here and now.  READ MORE OB HEALTH NEWSSPOT CHECK As George Alagiah reveals health update– 10...
    IT is normal to feel a bit fuzzy-headed and tired in the days and weeks following a bad bout of Covid, like you would with flu. But in some cases, it appears the virus may actually bring about a serious and potentially deadly brain disease. 1It's estimated that in the UK, around one in every 14 people in the population aged 65 and over already have a form of the diseaseCredit: Reuters A new study has revealed the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease almost doubles in older people for up to one-year after having Covid. The research, from Case Western Reserve University in the US, found people over 65 are between 50 to 80 per cent more likely to develop the brain disease after catching Covid than those who don't. Experts do not know if Covid itself triggers the disease or if the virus just accelerates the onset of Alzheimer’s in people who were always going to develop it. The study, which was published in Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, found that women over the age of 85...
    Joe E. Tata, best known for portraying Nat Bussichio on Beverly Hills, 90210, has died at the age 85 after a four-year battle with Alzheimer's disease, on Thursday. His death was announced by his former costar, Ian Ziering, who also appeared on Fox's hit teen drama, following the recent deaths of two other members of the 90210 family. 'In the last few months we've lost Jessica Klein one of 90210's most prolific writers and producers, Denise Douse who played Mrs. Teasley, and now I'm very sad to say Joe E Tata has passed away,' Ziering, 58, captioned a photo of his late friend. Rest in peace: Joe E. Tata, best known for portraying the friendly owner of Peach Pit, Nat Bussichio, on Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 2000, at the age of 85 on Thursday; seen in 2019 He continued: 'Joey was truly an OG, I remember seeing him on the Rockford files with James Garner years before we worked together on 90210. He was often one of the background villains in the original Batman series.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    Science leaders are demanding a crackdown on medical research fraudsters, warning that the worst offenders pose a threat to public health and should be handed prison sentences. And they have also called for academic journals that publish dodgy data to be slapped with hefty fines if they fail to act swiftly when fakes are exposed. The demands come after bombshell allegations that a pivotal study on the cause of Alzheimer’s disease contained manipulated results, potentially leading other scientists down a blind alley, hindering the development of effective treatments and giving false hope to patients and their families.  It is just the latest in a string of revelations in recent months that have rocked the field of dementia research, and may see top neuroscientists face US government investigations, probes by financial authorities for misuse of public funds and deceiving shareholders, and criminal charges. In one of the most egregious examples, allegedly falsified data led to patients on a trial risking the side effects of experimental drugs with no chance of seeing any benefit. Some neuroscientists insist that, while deeply concerning, these...
    Deborah Roberts has revealed she lost her oldest sister, Annette, after a years-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease that 'robbed her everything that made her so special.'  The ABC News senior correspondent, 61, announced her sibling's death on social media Tuesday with tributes on both Twitter and Instagram, where she shared photos of Annette over the years, including their last visit together.  'So very sad to lose my oldest sister, Annette. She was a warm and inspirational presence in my life,' Roberts tweeted along with a snapshot of them at dinner together.  Deborah Roberts, 61, announced the death of her oldest sister, Annette, on social media Tuesday, saying she passed away after a years-long battle with Alzheimer's disease  Roberts included a throwback photo of herself with Annette in her Twitter statement, saying her sister was a 'warm and inspirational presence' in her life  'Dementia claimed her as it does more than 200 thousand Americans each year,' she added, saying it's a 'despicable disease' that she hopes 'we will find a cure for one day.' Roberts went into more detail about her...
    An 'outdoorsy' father-of-two died after memory problems triggered by Lyme disease that left him struggling to remember the alarm code were diagnosed as Alzheimer's. Russell Bell, 65, from Raleigh, North Carolina, was tested for the tick-borne disease in 2016 after he also began having mood swings — but the swabs came back negative. Doctors then said the computer scientist had early onset Alzheimer's after finding he could no longer complete math equations meant for a six-year-old. It was nine months later with his condition declining 'swiftly' that wife Nicole decided to take him for more tests, after her brother — whose wife had just been diagnosed with the illness — suggested he had Lyme disease. This time the tests came back positive, and Bell was immediately switched onto a course of antibiotics to alleviate his symptoms. Russell Bell, 65, from Raleigh in North Carolina, was taken for tests for Lyme disease by his wife Nicole (right) after he started repeating himself and became irritable in 2016 But the initial swabs came back negative. The family (pictured Nicole and Russell on...
    David Birney - an actor best known for his work on St Elsewhere and Bridget Loves Bernie - has died at 83 after a battle with Alzheimer's.  The longtime thespian passed away at his home in Santa Monica on Friday his lifer partner Michele Roberge told the New York Times. He had battled Alzheimer's for five years before succumbing aged 83 on April  29. Sad news: David Birney - an actor best known for his work on St Elsewhere and Bridget Loves Bernie - has died at 83 after a battle with Alzheimer's Big gig: He starred on St Elsewhere in 1982  with Cynthia Sykes (bottom left), William Daniels (top left), and Ed Flanders (right)  After finding early success on Broadway, he landed a starring role on sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie in 1972 which was considered one of the most controversial television shows of the time. As the show was slotted between two massive hits - The Mary Tyler Moore Show and All In The Family - it was popular and got good ratings. However, it was a short lived run as Jewish...
    Biogen is looking for a new CEO less than a year after the launch of its Alzheimer’s drug largely fizzled. The company said Tuesday that current CEO Michel Vounatsos will continue to lead the company until a successor is found. Aduhelm was the first new Alzheimer’s drug introduction in nearly two decades. Initially priced at $56,000 a year, it was expected to quickly become a blockbuster drug that would generate billions for Biogen. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, company has since slashed the price in half — to $28,000 a year — and Aduhelm’s rollout has been disastrous. The federal government imposed tight Medicare coverage restrictions on the drug, which brought in $2.8 million in sales in the recently completed first quarter. Biogen said Tuesday it booked about $275 million in charges from Aduhelm inventory write-offs in the quarter, and it would “substantially eliminate” its commercial infrastructure supporting the drug. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Thursday it’s considering a cut in enrollee premiums after officials stuck with an earlier decision to sharply limit coverage for a pricey new Alzheimer’s drug projected to drive up program costs. The agency “is looking at that, and is still going through the process,” spokeswoman Beth Lynk said of a potential reduction in premiums, as Medicare announced its final coverage decision for Aduhelm, a drug whose benefits have been widely questioned in the medical community. Officials said Medicare will keep coverage restrictions imposed earlier on the $28,000-a-year medication, paying for Aduhelm only when it’s used in clinical trials approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the National Institutes of Health. The projected cost of Aduhelm was a major driver behind a $22 increase in Medicare’s Part B premium this year, boosting it to $170.10 a month. That price hike is already being paid by more than 56 million Medicare recipients signed up for the program’s outpatient coverage benefit. Thursday’s decision illustrates the impact that a single medication can have on the budgets of individuals...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Thursday it’s considering a cut in enrollee premiums, after officials stuck with an earlier decision to sharply limit coverage for a pricey new Alzheimer’s drug projected to drive up program costs. The agency “is looking at that, and is still going through the process,” spokeswoman Beth Lynk said of a potential reduction in premiums, as Medicare announced its final coverage decision for Aduhelm, a drug whose benefits have been widely questioned in the medical community. Officials said Medicare will keep coverage restrictions imposed earlier on the $28,000-a-year medication, paying for Aduhelm only when it’s used in clinical trials approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the National Institutes of Health. The projected cost of Aduhelm was a major driver behind a $22 increase in Medicare’s Part B premium this year, boosting it to $170.10 a month. That price hike is already being paid by more than 56 million Medicare recipients signed up for the program’s outpatient coverage benefit. Thursday’s decision illustrates the impact that a single medication can have on the budgets of individuals...
    Now at the age of 64, top of my anxiety list, healthwise, is a fear of developing dementia.  My dad, who died when he was just 74, was showing signs of confusion and memory loss before he passed away and I have, down the years, heard many heartbreaking stories of people struggling to cope with relatives affected by dementia. Fortunately, there are plenty of scientifically proven things you can do to reduce your risk (more on that in a moment). And now research points to a surprising new place where you might want to start: by improving your gut health. There are at least 100 trillion bacteria, viruses and fungi living in our guts, with a mix of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ microbes. Very recently scientists have begun to appreciate that these microbes not only affect your gut, but your brain as well. For example, Parkinson’s disease occurs when critical nerve cells in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra start to die off. This in turn leads to a reduction in levels of dopamine, a brain chemical that...
    Italian actress Monica Vitti has died at the age of 90. The screen star passed away following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, the former Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni, confirmed via a Twitter post on Wednesday. Monica - who has been hailed as the 'Queen of Italian cinema' - was the versatile movie star of Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura, who was her lover at that time, as well as other alienation films.  Sad news: Italian actress Monica Vitti has died at the age of 90 (pictured in September 1995) Veltroni wrote: 'Roberto Russo, her companion in these years, asks me to communicate that Monica Vitti is no more. I do so with great grief, affection, and nostalgia.' The late movie star was also known for appearing other films directed by Antonioni including Red Desert and La Notte. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EXCLUSIVE 'I was very naïve': Love Island's Kaz Kamwi says... Lottie Moss checks into rehab: Model seeks help for drug... EXCLUSIVE: 'I'm a bit of a nutter!' Simon Cowell, 62, breaks... Conor McGregor concerns...
    Shares of Biogen started sliding early Wednesday, a day after federal regulators slapped strict limitations on coverage the drugmaker’s new Alzheimer’s disease treatment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday after markets closed that patients taking Biogen’s Aduhelm will have to also participate in clinical trials to assess the drug’s effectiveness in order for Medicare to cover the cost. That’s an important caveat because Medicare is expected to cover most of the patients who opt for Aduhelm, and the drug can cost as much as $28,000 annually, not counting expenses for brain scans and other care patients will need while taking it. Biogen had cut that cost down from more than $50,000 annually last month after taking months of criticism over the expense. The Medicare coverage decision will significantly limit access to Aduhelm, said Mizuho Securities USA analyst Salim Syed. He had previously estimated around $3.5 billion to $4 billion in peak annual sales for the drug. But he said Wednesday he now assumes less than $100 million. The U.S. Food and Drug...
    BELOVED Golf Channel star Tim "Rosie" Rosaforte has died from Alzheimer's Disease after a two-year battle with the illness. The sports journalist retired in December 2019 after a career that spanned more than 40 years in newspapers, magazines, books and television. 1Sportswriter Tim Rosaforte passed away on Tuesday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease "The PGA Tour family lost a friend today in Tim Rosaforte, one of the great golf journalists of his generation," PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. "Tim was an amazing storyteller and spent much of his energy on showcasing what sets golf apart from other sports -- the people and the personalities. "A true professional, Tim always treated our organization and our athletes fairly, writing and speaking with opinion but without an agenda. He never stopped working the phones, ensuring that he not only got the story first, he got the story right. "Those phone calls -- and Tim's gentle spirit -- will be missed tremendously by all of us lucky enough to be a part of the greater golf community." More to...
    A bride was slammed after revealing plans to ban all guests over the age of 70 from her wedding because they might take some of the attention away from her.  The woman, thought to be from the US, took to Reddit and asked if she was the a*****e for not wanting to invite any elderly guests, including her and her fiancé's grandparents.    She revealed that her fiancé's grandmother has Alzheimers' Disease, which she described as 'really depressing' and that her own elderly relatives need a lot of help and attention.   The post was widely condemned by other Reddit users who said the bride was selfish. However a handful of commenters said it was no different to banning children from a wedding.    The woman, thought to be from the US, took to Reddit and asked if she was the a*****e for not wanting to invite any elderly guests, including her and her fiancé's grandparents  According to the post, the bride did not want elderly and unwell relatives stealing the limelight at her wedding The post said: 'My fiancé and I decided that...
    FORMER Broncos defensive coordinator Greg Robinson passed away at age 70 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. The team confirmed the Super Bowl-winning coach's passing in a statement on Twitter. 1Greg Robinson passed away after a battle with Alzheimer'sCredit: Getty "We’re saddened by the passing of former Broncos defensive coordinator Greg Robinson,” the tweet from the Denver Broncos page said. Robinson was with the Broncos from 1995 to 2000 for the team's 1997 and 1998 Super Bowl wins. He later went onto coach with the Kansas City Chiefs before transitioning to coaching college ball in 2004. He retired in 2015. Most read in NFLBEN'S ASH Meet Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger's wife AshleyNFL CHAOS Tennessee Titans star charged with assault after Walgreens 'employees hurt'OFF-FIELD SCANDAL Inside the wild Antonio Brown controversies after he storms out of gameCOACH GONE NFL stars pay tribute to John Madden ahead of Sunday night football game
    VASSALBORO, Maine (CBS) — An elderly Maine man with Alzheimer’s is recovering after he got caught outside during a winter storm last week. Eighty-two-year-old Bernard Perry wandered from his Vassalboro home sometime in the middle of the night on Wednesday when temperatures with in the teens. “Time was of the essence,” said Maine State Police Trooper Tyler Harrington. He responded to the call around 5 a.m. READ MORE: 1 Man Dead, 2 Women Injured After Dorchester Shooting Described As Possible 'Domestic Incident'A plow driver had spotted Perry on a nearby road. He said Perry smiled and waved so he thought he was OK. “Mr. Perry’s a waver. He’s a great guy. He’s always smiling and waving,” said neighbor Amanda Kimball. Harrington asked the driver where he last saw Perry. “He pointed a general direction where he had last seen a gentleman walking. It was still dark. I shined my light off the roadway, and there Mr. Perry was,” said Harrington. “My main concern was the roads were so icy, I don’t want to slip. I don’t want to slip with him...
    A sweet and sobering moment was caught on camera when an 84-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer had a conversation with herself.  Betty Pettit was on vacation with her family in Garden City, South Carolina when she got distracted by the full length mirror in one of the bedrooms. Confused by her reflection in the full-length mirror Betty introduced herself to herself much to the amusement of her family. The mother- of-three lives with her son Joshua Pettit, 46, and her husband Bob Pettit, 84, who share the responsibility of taking care of her.    The footage, taken on 27 November, captures Betty explaining: 'I should know her name.'  The heartwarming moment Betty spots herself in a full length mirror whilst on holiday with family and says 'I should know her name' Seven years ago Betty was diagnosed with lung and kidney cancer, but after having successful surgery, she was then diagnosed with Alzheimer's. In the video, Betty addresses herself as if she is talking to someone she has just met for the first time.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Publix heiress Carol Jenkins Barnett, 65, daughter of the grocery chain's founder George W. Jenkins, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday night. Barnett, who was diagnosed with the illness five years ago aged just 59, died 'late last evening in her home surrounded by her loving family,' according to a Wednesday Publix statement.   Although more than six million Americans suffer from the degenerative condition, only about 5 percent of them develop symptoms before age 65, according to the National Institute on Aging. Barnett was the wealthiest resident of Polk County, Florida, and made Forbes magazine's list of World Billionaires each year for the last decade with an estimated net worth of $8.8 billion in 2020.  Her father, George W. Jenkins, opened the first Publix store in Winter Haven in 1930. Now, Publix Super Markets operates 1,300 stores in Florida, and is the largest employee-owned company in the country. The Jenkins' family own 20 per cent of the business, with the remaining 80 per cent in the hands of the firm's employees.  Publix heiress Carol Jenkins Barnett, 65 (pictured),...
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the death of 75-year-old Canadian woman who participated in clinical trials for the controversial new Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm.    The unnamed woman died in September 2020 after suffering from brain swelling. Brain swelling is a known side effect of the Aduhelm, though it is often not a condition serious enough to cause death. It is yet another controversy for Biogen, the maker of the drug, that has dealt with rife controversy since the drug's approval in June. Biogen is facing another controversy surrounding it's recently approved Alzheimer's drug, Aduhelm. A 75 year old Canadian woman who took part in clinical trials of the drug has died after she suffered brain bleeding - a side effect of the drug. The company is cooperating in the investigation. Pictured: Biogen's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts Aduhelm (pictured) received controversial FDA approval in June despite an advisory panel unanimously recommending against it. The drug is believed to be the only one on the market that can reduce the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's, though many experts doubt the...
    A Connecticut woman was arrested after she was accused of convincing her husband he had Alzheimer's and stealing nearly $600,000 from his over the course of two decades.  Donna Marino, 63, was arrested Wednesday after her husband John, 73, approached the East haven Police Department in March 2020 to report a 'large scale fraud,' Capt. Joseph Murgo told the New Haven Register.  Following an investigation police discovered that Marino allegedly forged her  husband John's signature on a wide array of legal documents. They included his pension checks, social security checks and worker's compensation settlements, before depositing the funds in a secret bank account - all without him knowing.  Donna Marino, 63, (pictured) was arrested Wednesday after her husband John, 73, approached police in March 2020 to report a 'large scale fraud' Donna convinced John (pictured) he had Alzheimer's Disease like his mother before him in an effort to keep him from going to the bank and noticing the low balances Police say Marino was able to obtain Power of Attorney rights over her husband by having a friend who is a Notary...
    MIXED dementia is one of the forms dementia can take - often bringing a double blow to patients. In some cases, a person may have brain changes linked to all three conditions: Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia. 2Older people suffer with various forms of dementia - one of which can be mixed dementiaCredit: Getty - Contributor Scottish football legend Denis Law revealed he is suffering from Alzheimer’s It isn't known exactly how many older people diagnosed with dementia have mixed dementia - but it is thought to be more common than realised. Often only autopsies can fully confirm if a patient was suffering with mixed dementia. Denis Law revealed he is suffering from mixed dementia - with both Alzheimer's and vascular dementia. The 81-year-old, who was appointed CBE in 2016 for his services to football and charity, said: "I am at the point where I feel I want to be open about my condition. “I have been diagnosed with ‘mixed dementia’, which is more than one type of dementia, in my case this being Alzheimer’s and vascular...
    In this article BIIBAduhelm by BiogenSource: BiogenBiogen's Alzheimer's drug, Adhulem, generated $2 million in revenue in the first few weeks of its approval, the company said Thursday in releasing its second-quarter earnings along with an open letter about the controversial drug. Biogen upped its revenue guidance for the year, saying it now expects total sales of $10.65 billion to $10.85 billion this year, up from its previous estimates of $10.45 billion to $10.75 billion. The new forecast assumes "modest" revenue from Adhulem in 2021, ramping up thereafter, the company said. Shares of the company were up more than 1% in premarket trading. Adhulem was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on June 7. The drug, scientifically known as aducanumab, offers new hope to friends and families of patients living with the disease and is expected to generate billions of dollars in revenue for the company. Its approval has since been called into question, however, and the head of the FDA is now calling for a federal investigation looking into interactions between agency staff and the biotech company. Biogen's top...
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for a federal investigation into its approval of a controversial Alzheimer's drug. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the FDA, has asked for a probe into communications between FDA staff and Biogen representatives in the lead up to the approval of Aduhelm, the company's Alzheimer's drug. The drug received FDA approval on June 7 despite limited data that it worked in clinical trials.  The move comes after a turbulent month for the FDA and Biogen, a Cambridge Massachusetts based drug maker.  In the weeks since approval, three members of an FDA advisory board have stepped down in protest of the drug's approval, a congressional investigation has been launched and the agency even revised the drug's label earlier this week. Now the agency wants to look into its own communications to determine if proper procedure was followed in the lead up to the drug's approval.  'Given the ongoing interest and questions, today I requested that [The Office of the Inspector General] conduct an independent review and assessment of interactions between representatives...
    In this article BIIBA sign marks a Biogen facility, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 9, 2020.Brian Snyder | ReutersBiogen shares fell on Friday after the head of the Food and Drug Administration called for an investigation into the recent approval of the company's Alzheimer's drug, Aduhelm. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
    A 54-year-old Connecticut woman named Lisa Marshall knows without a doubt that her beloved husband is her soulmate. She has been the caretaker for her husband, Peter Marshall, since the moment he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2018, according to People.  The disease is known as the most common form of dementia and affects one’s memory, thinking, and behavior, the Johns Hopkins Medicine website read. “I didn’t know anything about Alzheimer’s,” Lisa said of Peter being diagnosed when he was 53. “It was something you get when you’re 80. I was ignorant about it. I didn’t know anything at all. I knew cognitively he was slipping quick, but I was in denial.” While caring for her husband, she has documented their journey on a Facebook page, Oh Hello Alzheimer’s. ONE DOZEN KISSESWhether we’re celebrating or snuggling, or Peter is a bit gloomy, I’ve found that incredible kindness… Posted by Oh Hello Alzheimers on Thursday, June 24, 2021 The couple, who have been married for 12 years, persevered through many difficulties thanks to the strength of their love. Last year, when they...
    A man with early onset Alzheimer's has tied the knot to his wife for a second time after he proposed for a second time because he forgot they were already married.    Peter Marshall, 56, from Connecticut, first married Lisa on 13 August 2009 in a beach wedding in Turks and Caicos and began suffering from problems with his memory in 2017.  Despite forgetting most of his memories, he was sure Lisa remained his 'favourite person' and proposed to her after seeing a wedding scene on TV earlier this year. The pair renewed their vows in front of friends and family in April, with Lisa telling NBC News New York: 'He doesn't know that I'm his wife. I'm just his favourite person. I'm the luckiest girl in the world. I get to do it twice. It was so perfect. I couldn't have dreamt for a better day.' Peter Marshall, 56, from Connecticut, who has early onset Alzheimer's has tied the knot to his wife Lisa for a second time after he proposed for a second time because he forgot...
    A man with Alzheimer’s proposed to his wife – after forgetting that they were already married. A Connecticut man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease proposed to his own wife earlier this year, as reported by The Washington Post. His wife said “yes,” after which, the couple decided to renew their vows. The proposal came as Peter Marshall, 56, and his wife were sitting on their couch watching TV, as reported by NBC New York. Peter turned to his wife of 12 years, Lisa, and said “Let’s do it,” pointing to a wedding scene on TV. Lisa asked if he wanted to get married. “He said ‘yes’ and had this huge grin on his face,” Lisa recalled to NBC New York. “He doesn’t know that I’m his wife. I’m just his favorite person.” After the proposal, the couple went ahead and renewed their vows. The ceremony took place April 26 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, according to The Washington Post. (RELATED: REPORT: High School Sweethearts Tie The Knot After More Than 65 Years Apart) Wiping a tear from her eye, Lisa told NBC New...
    Two members of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee have resigned in the wake of the agency's approval of aducanumab, the first new Alzheimer's treatment since 2003. Neurologists David Knopman, who works for the Mayo Clinic, and Joel Perlmutter, of Washington University St Louis, both stepped down from the board this week in protest.  Knopman and Perlmutter largely objected to the approval of the drug citing its rocky trial results with little evidence the drug was even effective. The drug, which will be marketed under the name aduhelm is being sent out to patients in the next two weeks and will cost $56,000 per year of use.  Dr David Knopman (pictured) resigned from an FDA advisory committee after the agency gave a controversial approval to aducanumab after clinical trials showed limited effectiveness of the drug The FDA's approval of aducanumab adds a new drug to the arsenal of fighting Alzheimer's for the first time since 2003. Many in the Alzheimer's community support the drugs approval 'The whole saga of the approval of aducanumab…made a mockery...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s the news many families have been waiting to hear. On Monday, the FDA approved a drug that could slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. A Greensburg couple KDKA’s Amy Wadas spoke to said if anything, this announcement provides hope. READ MORE: West Virginia University To Study Effect Of CBD On Drivers With First-Of-Its-Kind Simulation “I told Don I think my brain is going,” said Sara Belt. That’s what Belt told her husband, Don, about six years ago. “She was losing her ability to teach math,” said Don. “She eventually moved to a daycare center and they let her go because she couldn’t remember to lock the door. So she retired.” In September 2018, Sara was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Since then, the disease has progressed. However, hearing about the FDA’s approval of Biogen’s drug, known as Aduhelm, gives the couple hope. READ MORE: Leader From Allegheny And Butler Counties Meet To Rebuild And Redevelop Communities In Southwestern Pa. The drug would only work in patients with early-onset Alzheimer’s, so...
    A Minnesota family is rejoicing after learning that a 'miracle drug' they say successfully treats their daughter's 'childhood Alzheimer's' will not be discontinued. Emma Peterka, two, from  Minnetonka, suffers from condition known as Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC), It causes enlarged organs, lung damage, muscle stiffness, dementia and difficulty speaking, with sufferers rarely living past the age of 10. Emma's parents, Mitch and Sara, found hope in a drug called adrabetadex, which helped her regain some movement in her limbs and start communicating, WCCO reported. Earlier this year, however, the company that produces the drug announced it would stop producing it in October, saying clinical trials showed no evidence that the drug worked. That triggered a huge outcry from the Peterkas, as well as families of other children living with NPC.   But, in a stroke of luck, another manufacturer has agreed to take over the drug - giving children like Emma a chance at even further improvement. Emma Peterka, two, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, has been diagnosed with 'childhood Alzheimer's.' Pictured: Emma (center) with her parents, Mitch and Sara ...
    Amy Klobuchar's father has died aged 93 following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. The death of Jim Klobuchar, a veteran journalist and former miner, was first confirmed in a heartfelt post by his daughter in a heartfelt tribute on Twitter. 1 Amy Klobuchar called her late dad a "champion of those on the outside". Jim was the son of an iron ore miner and began a career as a journalist in Bismarck, later working for the Associated Press before moving to the Star Tribune in 1961. "My dad went from that hardscrabble mining town of Ely, Minnesota, to travel the world, interviewing everyone from Mike Ditka to Ginger Rogers to Ronald Reagan. He led adventure trips from Minnesota’s bike trails to the mountains of Nepal," Amy Klobuchar wrote. "Through his columns my dad told stories of the 'heroes among us,'—ordinary people doing extraordinary things. He used his words to stand up for people. But he also stood up for me, from urging me on to finish a father/daughter ten-day 1100-mile bike trip from Minneapolis to Jackson Hole, to believing...
    Original Mouseketeer Johnny Crawford died on Thursday at the age of 75 Johnny Crawford, the former child actor who was an original Mouseketeer and young star of The Rifleman, has died following a battle with Alzheimer's. He was 75. Crawford passed away peacefully on Thursday in a California care home with his wife Charlotte by his side, his management said in a statement. In 1955, he was just 11 when he joined the first season of The Mickey Mouse Club as one of the 24 original Mouseketeers. After the first season, the show cut the number of cast members in half, and Crawford was released from his contract. Crawford went on to win acclaim portraying young Mark McCain in ABC's western series The Rifleman, earning his first Emmy nomination at age 13. The show, which ran for five seasons, drew praise for its portrayal of the father-son relationship between Mark and Lucas McCain, portrayed by Chuck Connors, and the two actors remained lifelong friends. In 1955, Crawford was just 11 when he joined the first season of...
    Tony Bennett was seen out publicly for the first time on Tuesday after announcing his years-long battle with Alzheimer's disease last month. The music legend, 94, held hands with his doting wife Susan Crow, 54, as they enjoyed a leisurely stroll around New York City's iconic Central Park. Bennett braved the day in a grey windbreaker jacket, which he layered over a zip-up sweater shirt and a white dress shirt. Spotted: Tony Bennett was seen out publicly for the first time on Tuesday, after announcing his years-long battle with Alzheimer's disease via social media last month Doting: The music legend, 94, held hands with his doting wife Susan Crow, 54, as they enjoyed a leisurely stroll around New York City's iconic Central Park Comfortable: Bennett braved the day in a grey windbreaker jacket, which he layered over a zip-up sweater shirt and a white dress shirt Battle: The star announced in February that he has been battling Alzheimer's disease since 2016
    Chemicals in blood have been discovered which could one day be used to test for Alzheimer's before a person develops symptoms. Academics developed a technique which is able to spot disease biomarkers which are created during neurodegeneration — the breakdown of neurons in the brain — which happens in the brains of Alzheimer's sufferers.  Tiny spheres called liposomes were repurposed to latch onto the proteins in the blood of mice, in a process the researchers compared to fishing. Currently, Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed with brain scans after symptoms emerge. But the researchers behind the new study say their method proves future tests could be developed which spot signs of disease before symptoms emerge Treatment that extends lifespan by 9% and prevents Alzheimer's is made by scientists A genetic treatment has been developed that leads to fruit flies living as much as nine per cent longer. Two therapies were created which each target a protein and they both were found to stave off signs of Alzheimer's as well as elongating healthy lifespan. While the findings raise the possibility of replicating the...
    CORONATION Street legend Eileen Derbyshire’s husband of 56 years has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's, her son has revealed. The 89-year-old star's husband Thomas W. Holt sadly passed away last weekend with the couple's only son, Oliver Holt, by his bedside. 2Coronation Street's Eileen Derbyshire is grieving her husband of 56 years who has died after a long battle with Alzheimer'sCredit: ITV Eileen – who has played Emily Bishop for 58 years – had been with the retired engineer since they met in early 1964, and the couple resided in a large cottage in Cheshire.  Their son Oliver, who is a sports journalist, revealed his father's death as he wrote about their shared love of football in his column for Mail Online. He recalled how his beloved dad took him to his first game at Stockport County's Edgeley Park and said mourning him had made him realise what football really means to fans who have been unable to go to games as the coronavirus pandemic rumbles on. Oliver wrote: "My dad never forgot Stockport even when he was...
    Marty Schottenheimer, a former longtime NFL head coach and player, died Tuesday. He was 77. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen passed along the news from Schottenheimer’s family in a series of tweets. He reported that a "full obituary will be forthcoming over the next few days." He noted last week that the coach entered hospice amid his declining health. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "As a family we are surrounding him with love and are soaking up the prayers and support from all those he impacted through his incredible life," his wife Pat Schottenheimer said last week in a family statement, via Mortensen. "In the way he taught us all, we are putting one foot in front of the other … one play at a time." Schottenheimer, the winningest coach in NFL history without a Super Bowl or NFL championship, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014. BENGALS UPSET KEN RILEY LEFT OUT OF NFLS' 'IN MEMORIAM' VIDEO Schottenheimer posted a 205-139-1 career playoff and regular-season record during his time coaching the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington, and Los Angeles Chargers (then based in San Diego). Schottenheimer compiled a 44-27 record during his...
    LEGENDARY NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer has died after battling Alzheimer's. The sporting icon passed away just days after he was moved to a hospice facility due to complications with the disease. 1 When he was moved, his wife Pat said: "As a family we are surrounding him with love and are soaking up the prayers and support from all those he impacted through his incredible life. "In the way he taught us all, we are putting one foot in front of the other ... one play at a time." Most read in NewsBOMBS AWAYBiden sends B-1 nuke bombers to Russian doorstep in powerful message to PutinSPOT THE SIGNSThe most common Covid symptoms revealed - and it's not losing taste or smellBreaking'COMPLETE WHITEWASH'Fury as WHO says Covid DIDN'T come from Wuhan wet market or lab leakPIERS VS PALINPiers slams 'bonkers' Sarah Palin's 'nonsense' claim DEAD PEOPLE voted in USBreakingLOSS OF A LEGENDThe Supremes star Mary Wilson dies suddenly at her Las Vegas home aged 76ROT IN HELLCleveland Strangler who murdered 11 women & hid bodies at home dies in prison
    Patricia Healey, a British actress who was married to Engelbert Humperdinck for 56 years, has died. She was 85. The 84-year-old singer confirmed Healey’s passing in a Facebook post on Friday, just days after making a heartbreaking plea for prayers as the couple battled the coronavirus. Healey was also struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. "Please forgive the silence, after the unbelievable response to our plea for prayers," Humperdinck wrote. "Our family is heartbroken over the loss of my darling wife. Last night , she slipped softly away, as if by Gods clockwork. The last rites were given just before our usual prayers at the 8pm hour, by our nephew, Father Paul. It was 4am for him. We were so grateful to have him gently lead Popea through this last chapter, with a familiar voice and such love." Engelbert Humperdinck and Patricia Healey tied the knot in 1964 and share four children. (Getty Images) "She was surrounded by our children, Louise, Jason, Brad, with Scott on FaceTime," he continued. "Her longtime caregivers lovingly helped make her transition easier on us all....
    ENGELBERT Humperdinck has shared his heartbreak as his wife of 56 years has died after contracting coronavirus. Patricia was 85 when she "slipped away" on Friday night after battling Alzheimer’s and testing positive for coronavirus. 2Engelbert Humperdinck's beloved wife has passed awayCredit: Getty - Contributor Engelbert, 84, wrote on Facebook: "Dear Friends, Please forgive the silence, after the unbelievable response to our plea for prayers. Our family is heartbroken over the loss of my darling wife. "Last night , she slipped softly away,  as if by Gods clockwork. The last rites were given just before our usual prayers at the 8pm hour, by our nephew, Father Paul.  It was 4am for him. "We were so grateful to have him gently lead Popea through this last chapter, with a familiar voice and such love. She was surrounded by our children, Louise, Jason, Brad, with Scott on FaceTime.  "Her longtime caregivers lovingly helped make her transition easier on us all. Her earthly limitations no longer hold her down as she is freely running the glorious gardens of Heaven, reunited with so...
    Retired Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer has been moved into hospice care as he continues to battle Alzheimer's following his 2014 diagnosis. The 77-year-old member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame was placed into a hospice facility near his Charlotte, North Carolina home on January 30, according to a family statement given to ESPN. Schottenheimer, who coached the Chiefs from 1989 until 1998, is listed in stable condition, according to ESPN. Retired Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer has been moved into hospice care as he continues to battle Alzheimer's following his 2014 diagnosis. After playing linebacker for the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots in the late 1960s, Schottenheimer's first head-coaching stint came with the Cleveland Browns from 1984 until 1989. Following four playoff appearances and three divisional titles, Schottenheimer moved on to the Chiefs, where he made seven playoff appearances with a series of different quarterbacks, including Dave Krieg, Joe Montana, Steve Bono, and Elvis Grbac Schottenheimer congratulates Oakland Raiders defensive back Albert Lewis on a solid career following what was thought to...
    The enormous massive snow storm hitting the Northeast has claimed the life of a Pennsylvania woman who had wandered away from her home. Patricia Becker, 67, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease is said to have frozen to death on Monday morning. Becker, was reported missing around 4am and led to a massive search by Allentown Police. Pennsylvania authorities said Patricia Becker, a 67-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who reportedly wandered away from her home died from hypothermia She was reported missing at around 4am triggering a huge police search for her. Above press release issued by Allentown police Becker was found lying in the snow just a few blocks away from the apartment building a few hours later.  She was pronounced dead from hypothermia around 9:40am.  The Lehigh County coroner's office said the death does not appear to be suspicious. It was the first storm-related death to be reported in the region as the first major snowstorm of 2021 pummels Pennsylvania, New York and several other northeastern states. Pennsylvania was expected to receive up to 30 inches of...
    An emotional Nile Rodgers has revealed that he's been unable to bury his mother a month after she died because her body is in a refrigerator truck filled with covid victims.  The 68-year-old Chic guitarist announced his mother Beverly Goodman, 82, had died on December 27 at a New York hospital following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. And today he told former Downing Street aide Andy Coulson on his Crisis What Crisis podcast that the coronavirus outbreak in New York means that his mother's body is still being kept in the back of a refrigerated truck, along with victims of the virus.   He said: 'I mean talk about a crisis. So, today is the 26th and my Mom is still - I've not been able to make any funeral plans. 'She's in the back of a refrigerator truck because of Covid. 'It's horrible, breaking our hearts. When you go there and you see something that's so graphic like that it really reminds you of images of people thrown into mass graves.' Video from the Crisis What Crisis podcast
    SEX Pistols legend John Lydon opened up about the struggle of caring for his wife Nora, who has Alzheimer's. The 64-year-old star, known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, said she screams that he is trying to kill her in public. 5Johnny Rotten star John Lydon appeared on Loose Women today John appeared on Loose Women today where he lit up a cigarette while talking to host Jane Moore. He explained: "As soon as she sees crowds and flashing lights she goes into panic mode. She can end up saying dreadful things like 'He's trying to murder me.' "Complete strangers will automatically think they're helping by interfering. All manner of tensions can arise." Asked by old friend Janet Street-Porter how he cares for himself, John replied: "I don't. I just don't. 5The star is now a full-time carer for his wife Nora, seen here in 2011Credit: Rex Features 5The rocker lit up a cigarette during his appearance on Loose Women today 5The pair together in 2004 when John appeared in the I'm A Celeb jungleCredit: Rex Features "I've got really,...
    Scientists are concerned the coronavirus could cause long-term damage to the brain and central nervous system, potentially leading to Alzheimer's in later life.  US and UK-based academics are planning a large-scale global study to investigate the possibility SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, could lead to cognitive decline, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other forms of dementia years after infection.  The full repercussions of brain-related problems caused by the coronavirus will not be fully understood for decades as survivors age but autopsies, mouse studies and data from other respiratory viruses are cause for concern, researchers warn.  There is currently no evidence the coronavirus does cause Alzheimer's but it has been found the virus is able to invade the brain and scientists hope their global study can shed light on the issue.    Scientists are concerned the coronavirus could cause severe long-term damage to the brain and central nervous system, potentially leading to Alzheimer's in later life (stock photo) 'Since the flu pandemic of 1917 and 1918, many of the flu-like diseases have been associated with brain disorders,' said lead author Dr Gabriel...
    GRAMMY award winning musician Nile Rodgers has paid a moving tribute to his mum who lost her battle with Alzheimer's disease. The guitarist, 68, revealed his mum, Beverly Goodman died today and that he was able to be by her side as she took her last breaths. 6Nile Rodgers, 68, lost his mum Beverly Goodman to Alzheimer's disease todayCredit: Twitter Nile also posted a chilling photo of his mum on her death bed as he leaned into her wearing a face mask. He shared with his fans: "My mom #BeverlyGoodman #RIP passed away around 6am today. I breathed some of my 1st breaths with her and she breathed some of her last with me. My brothers and I will contact everyone soon. Today I’m numb." Beverly was only 13 when she gave birth to Nile and the two had a close relationship. Just days before Beverly's death, Nile lamented the fact the coronavirus pandemic was stopping him from visiting his mum for Christmas. 6He announced her tragic passing on TwitterCredit: Twitter 6Alzheimer's Disease has affected six people in Nile's familyCredit:...
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