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Vaccine for Alzheimers Is in the Works

Alzheimer's vaccine

June 28, 2019 – There are currently about 5.8 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s expected to more than double to 14 million. In New Mexico, an estimated 41,000 people age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s. It’s a devastating illness that robs people of their mental capacity and brings tremendous burdens to families and caregivers. Some studies indicate African Americans and Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanic whites to develop Alzheimer’s. It’s also expensive, costing Americans $277 billion in 2018. That could rise to $1 trillion by 2050. But researchers at the University of New Mexico have developed a vaccine that holds the potential to prevent this disease. On this episode, they talk with NMIF correspondent Megan Kamerick about the potential for a new vaccine.

Resources:

UNM researchers develop vaccine to possibly prevent Alzheimer’s DiseaseKRQE

UNM Researchers Develop Vaccine That Could Protect Against Alzheimer’s – UNM

Alzheimer’s Vaccine Draws CloserMedical News Today

A Vaccine For Alzheimer’s Shows Promise In Human TrialsBeing Patient

What Happens To The Brain In Alzheimer’s Disease – National Institute on Aging

2019 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures – Alzheimer’s Association

 

Guests:

Kiran Bhaskar, Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, UNM

Bryce Chackerian, Professor and Vice Chair, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, UNM

Nicole Maphis, Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, UNM

The Line: Older Population Caused New Mexico’s “Blue Wave” At Midterm Elections

1224 Line Gray Wave

December 14, 2018 – A major talking point coming out of the midterm election was about the “blue wave” of Democratic victories.  But an article in the Santa Fe New Mexican by Andrew Oxford showed how the “blue wave” in the last midterm election owed a lot to New Mexico’s “graying,” or older, population. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the so-called “gray wave” and look at what it might mean for future elections.

Line Panelists:
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
Giovanna Rossi, president, Collective Action Strategies; host, The Well Woman Show (KUNM0

For Further Reading:
Blue wave in New Mexico in November was also gray – Santa Fe New Mexican