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As A Father's Alzheimer's Progresses, Family Learns To Love Him As He Is

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As his disease advances, Greg O'Brien finds his personality shifting, too. "I know I can't go back to who I was before," he says. "I've got to learn to live with the new me."

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One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

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Cape Cod journalist Greg O'Brien has always found solace in running, and a diagnosis of Alzheimer's hasn't stopped him. But making it work — for himself and his family — isn't always easy.

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Supporting A Spouse With Alzheimer's: 'I Don't Get Angry Anymore'

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Mary Catherine O'Brien says when she married her husband, Greg, in 1977, he was funny and outgoing. Alzheimer's disease has stolen much of that, she says, but the two are closer than ever.

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Mad Cow Research Hints At Ways To Halt Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

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Corinne Lasmezas began her career studying a disease that destroys the brains of cattle. Now she's using what she learned to search for drugs that can stop human brain diseases.

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Many Doctors Who Diagnose Alzheimer's Fail To Tell The Patient

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Only about half of Medicare patients are told of the diagnosis by their doctor, a study finds. That compares to 90 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer.

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Seeing What Isn't There: Inside Alzheimer's Hallucinations

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Sometimes Greg O'Brien gets a tingling in the back of his brain that tells him a hallucination is coming. Lions. Spiders. Birds. Sometimes the creatures are friendly. Too often, they're not.

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Alzheimer's Drugs In The Works Might Treat Other Diseases, Too

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By targeting the process that creates toxic clumps of protein in brain cells, scientists hope to help not just Alzheimer's patients, but perhaps also people with Lewy body dementia and Parkinson's.

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Women's Brains Appear More Vulnerable To Alzheimer's Than Men's

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Researchers at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference say there's growing evidence that women are more likely than men of the same age to develop Alzheimer's disease.

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New Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise In Clinical Trials

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The drug solanezumab showed some effectiveness in slowing the progression of the illness in people suffering from mild symptoms.

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'Quantum Leap' In Alzheimer's Research Delivers New Understanding

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NPR's Melissa Block speaks with David Knopman, vice chair of the Alzheimer's Association's Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, about more effective diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

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Younger Adults With Alzheimer's Are Key To Drug Search

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A very rare genetic mutation causes some people to develop Alzheimer's in their 30s. It also makes these people the ideal candidates for tests of potential Alzheimer's drugs.

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When Alzheimer's Steals Your Appetite, Remember To Laugh

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Fresh grilled swordfish now tastes like rolled newspapers to Greg O'Brien, an unexpected effect of his Alzheimer's. And shopping without a grocery list is futile. But summer barbecues are still sweet.

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Experimental Drug Provides New Approach To Fighting Alzheimer's

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A new experimental drug is designed to slow down Alzheimer's by protecting brain cells from toxins associated with the disease. That's a different approach from other Alzheimer's drugs, which have tried to eliminate those toxins.

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Treatment From Brain Tissue May Have Spread Alzheimer's Protein

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Eight people who received growth hormone treatments made from human brains died decades later from a rare disease. Some also had brain damage similar to that seen in Alzheimer's, autopsies reveal.

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As Alzheimer's Symptoms Worsen, Hard Conversations About How To Die

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Six years after he was diagnosed with both cancer and Alzheimer's, Greg O'Brien is beginning to talk to his doctor, and to his family, about his "exit strategy" for the final years of his life.

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