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2014-01-24 08:24:25

Research to Focus on Repurposing Drugs for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and the Alzheimer's Society (UK) announced a new partnership that will provide funding for research in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, with the goal of accelerating critical development programs and bringing new treatments to patients. The partnership intends to fund projects up to $1.5...

2012-03-08 13:23:50

The dementia drug donepezil (Aricept), already widely used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, can also help in moderate to severe patients, according to a new report The dementia drug donepezil (Aricept), already widely used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, can also help in moderate to severe patients, according to a report funded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Alzheimer's Society. The study suggests that extending treatment to this group could...

2010-09-21 11:44:48

Global action needed to address 'most significant health crisis of the 21st century' A landmark report on the Global Economic Impact of Dementia finds that Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are exacting a massive toll on the global economy, with the problem set to accelerate in coming years. The World Alzheimer Report 2010 "“ issued on World Alzheimer's Day by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) "“ provides the most current and comprehensive global picture of the...

2009-07-03 12:25:00

Researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institute found that a person's marital status and genetic makeup could change their risk for developing dementia.Researchers noted that the number of patients dealing with dementia stood at 25 million in 2005, but is expected to jump to 81 million by 2040.In their study, researchers looked at about 2,000 men and women from eastern Finland at about the age of 50. They returned for a follow up study 21 years later.Researchers focused on the gene APOE variant...

2009-05-14 11:10:00

Scientists have developed a new risk index that will increase their ability to predict the likelihood of dementia in patients over the age of 65.Reporting in the journal Neurology, researchers describe the 15-point checklist as a series of tests based on different characteristics that can predict a patient's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The checklist successfully predicted about half of the cases of dementia in a group of elderly people over a six-year period, scientists said."This...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'