Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

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: Opioid Use Disorder One of Six OK’d for Medical Cannabis

1250 Medical Cannabis Changes

June 14, 2019 – The state recently added six conditions to the approved-usage list for its medical marijuana initiative. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel discuss the expanded list of qualifying conditions–including opioid use disorder–for the medical cannabis program.

Line Panelists:
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:

NM adds opioid use disorder, other conditions to medical cannabis program – by Andy Lyman, New Mexico Political Report

Opioid addiction added to medical cannabis list – by Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal

Providers and advocates welcome cannabis as opioid treatment – by Will Costello, Santa Fe Reporter