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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Friday, July 30, 2021

alzheimers news-another interview can covid cause alzheimers disease


i have been interviewed twice recently about my story and about my involvement with the aduhelm (aducanumab study

one interview was with the new york times linked here
the other was with the santa barbara news express and includes a video interview along with a written interview linked here

i like the last one since it included most of my interview for the article
the new york times article was based on an hour interview and was condensed
ie a lot of what i said was left out

then recently i was contacted by being patient a popular website and newsletter and podcasting site on alzheimers and related dementias
they have interviewed a lot of the well known folks in the alzheimers world

the originator of being patient is deborah kahn
she is a journalist and producer whose mother has alzheimers disease
from reading her website and listening to her podcasts i think her mom is farther along in the disease process

i was asked if she could interview me for her podcast she does about my story and what its like to be in the aduhelm (aducanumab) study and what my thoughts were on aduhelm (aducanumab)

this week i had a preliminary interview with one of her assistants 
the interview podcast with either her or one of her assistants will be on 
monday august 9th at 1200 noon pst or 200 cst
it will be live

you can click on the link below to rsvp for the live interview
you give your name and email and one of those prove you are a live person logos
you then get an email that has the link to their facebook page where the interview will be shown live

here is the link 
navigating life with alzheimers as a retired family physician

it also will be available on youtube for awhile after the interview

if you are in the alzheimers world now you would benefit by receiving her weekly newsletters 
i have learned a lot from her and her interviews

this week at the aaic alzheimers association international conference there were presentations on covid and dementia
this was discussed in this npr article this week
doctors worry that memory problems after covid may set the stage for alzheimers

there is some growing concern that some folks have neurological symptoms that are similar to those seen in patients with alzheimers disease
especially in the long haul covid patients

one patient a nurse in her thirties in great health spent two weeks in the hospital and has spent months trying to rehab from it
she has had tremors excessive fatigue and problems with memory and thinking

she would fall asleep in mid conversation with folks

she had just finished getting her masters degree before she got sick
she now reads at a 5th grade level
she can only do simple math now
she first lost her sense of taste
many patients loose their sense of smell
she after covid once couldnt remember what a fork was used for

researchers looked at pet scans of the brain done before they got sick then looked at pet scans after they got sick
they see changes like they see on alzheimers patients
looking at genetic tests that are associated with alzheimers disease are also associated with an increased risk of catching covid

alzheimers is more common in patients in the 60s and 70s who have had severe covid infections

those patients who loose their sense of smell are more likely to have mental symptoms
interesting the sensory nerve for smell is the olfactory bulb which sits near the short term memory center in the brain

these patients are described as having an alzheimers like syndrome
there are millions of patient with these post covid symptoms
will it go away 
will it progress like alzheimers 
will it stay the same

anther researcher measured biomarkers especially for inflammation in the brain
these get elevated in patients with alzheimers brain injury and brain inflammation
they were elevated in these patients

interesting was some of the newer biomarkers in the blood that will also make up the new screen test for alzheimers in the future are also elevated in some of these patients

i sure hope their brain fog goes away and doesnt persist

we have another good reason to get vaccinated against covid
you wont get alzheimers disease

the organicgreen doctor

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