Motor Neuron Disease Survey Progressing Well

29 July 2011

Alzheimers Disease is the second most-feared condition after cancer.  Most adults (82%) have done nothing to prepare themselves for the possibility that they will develop a debilitating, possibly terminal, neurodegenerative disease (see What America Thinks).

Back in May I reported on the South African survey DH Environmental is undertaking to seek geographic and exposure linkages between cyanobacteria and neurodegenerative disease. Since then the three South African associations for MND, Parkinsons and Alzheimers have all assisted and the response from sufferers of these dread diseases has been most heartening!  I have been extremely touched by the willingness of both sufferers and their partners, experiencing the most awful challenge of living with these diseases or with someone suffering therefrom, to assist me with my research.  I can only hope that the work being undertaken globally now by several groups may yield something that may pave the way for pre-clinical diagnosis of Alzheimers and allow early therapy to be applied.

The latest newsletter of the Alzheimers Association has carried the advertisement for participation.  The project is now also seeking volunteers (non-sufferers) to provide gender and age-based controls.  People who have lived near Hartbeespoort Dam, including Brits, Roodeplaat Dam or Rietvlei Dam would be well-suited to this aspect of the work.

Research project advertisement. Source: Alzheimers SA July 2011

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