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Alzheimer's Disease: As National Plan Emerges, Families Beg For Better Diagnosis, Treatment

Alzheimer's Disease: As National Plan Emerges, Families Beg For Better Diagnosis, Treatment

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As Obama administration officials prepare a national plan to address Alzheimer's disease, families are demanding earlier diagnosis, better treatments and help with caregiving, Lauran Neergaard reports for the Associated Press.

Dental Health: Cutbacks in dental care for California's Medicaid recipients are alarming some of the state's dentists, who say their Medicaid patients are delaying dental care until their teeth literally are rotting, Anna Gorman reports for the Los Angeles Times.  

Food Safety: Following Cargill's August recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey over salmonella concerns, the poultry giant again is recalling another 185,000 pounds after a ground turkey sample was found to be contaminated with the same salmonella strain, Hugo Martin reports for the Los Angeles Times.

E-Health: Watson, the IBM supercomputer that won Jeopardy, has been "hired" by health insurer WellPoint to diagnose patients' diseases, Anna Wilde Mathews reports for The Wall St. Journal.

Mental Health: Treating depression with "transcranial magnetic stimulation" is increasingly popular despite lack of insurance coverage for the procedure and skimpy evidence that it works in the long term, Marion Davis reports for the Boston Globe.

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A study posted Tuesday in the online journal Molecular Psychiatry says that Alzheimer's disease may be the result of an infection. As a virus, Alzheimer's might also be transmittable. In trials with rats, Alzheimer's has exhibited these characteristics. Source for this article: Alzheimer's disease may be contagious, study suggests


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