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by cwicker
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Science and Research
Topic: Retinal scan. Would you get it?
Replies: 11
Views: 3293

Re: Retinal scan. Would you get it?

Yes Julie, that is what I was expecting. But after reading the Duke link, which references the lead investigator, it seems it's the same scan with a different focus on the vasculature rather than signs of plaque.

I'm also surprised by the curcumin.
by cwicker
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Science and Research
Topic: Retinal scan. Would you get it?
Replies: 11
Views: 3293

Re: Retinal scan. Would you get it?

Hmm, this is interesting. It is the OCT scan and I thought it was to look for those protein aggregates as described by NF52. But, it seems they are using it to see if changes in vascular density can identify those at risk. It seems for now, they want to see if there are differences in the vascular d...
by cwicker
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Science and Research
Topic: Retinal scan. Would you get it?
Replies: 11
Views: 3293

Re: Retinal scan. Would you get it?

No, it's not the same thing. the retinal exam is a study done through the Alzheimer's research center at a major university and testing for the presence of amyloid. It is being looked at as diagnostic for Alzheimer's. I would have no problem finding the results of eye health. But a diagnosis of Alzh...
by cwicker
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Science and Research
Topic: Retinal scan. Would you get it?
Replies: 11
Views: 3293

Retinal scan. Would you get it?

I live near 2 major universities and one seems to be increasing it's research into Alzheimer's as I am now getting frequent e-mails about studies (or maybe because I'm another year older?). Typically I don't qualify as they seem to have a lot of middle aged women with advanced degrees. My latest, is...
by cwicker
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Science and Research
Topic: NIA needs ideas for AD
Replies: 3
Views: 1196

Re: NIA needs ideas for AD

Our family doctor knew immediately that as soon as our loved one was no longer mobile that the care giving task would become enormously more difficult In my experience, for someone with dementia, this doesn't hold true. My ambulatory stage 6/7 father is very difficult to care for. He requires eyes ...
by cwicker
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Prevention and Treatment
Topic: Need advice re: my doctor
Replies: 18
Views: 4398

Re: Need advice re: my doctor

I want to bring up just one more thing to give you ammunition to bring costs down. There is also the "self pay" option LabCorp offers. Like discussed before, the insurance may be charged $50 but pay LabCorp $20 as the insurance is given a discount. The self-pay person, those without insura...
by cwicker
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Prevention and Treatment
Topic: Need advice re: my doctor
Replies: 18
Views: 4398

Re: Need advice re: my doctor

Great points cwicker. Can "client bill" be done if the test is not drawn in the office? Client bill can be done anywhere. The provider would just need to contract with the lab in order to get "a deal." I use Labcorp. The patient can get their labs done at any Labcorp but the bil...
by cwicker
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Prevention and Treatment
Topic: Need advice re: my doctor
Replies: 18
Views: 4398

Re: Need advice re: my doctor

This is how the lab system works: I might order a complete blood count on a patient. The charge for that, through insurance, will be, let's say $50. The test only costs the lab $4. The insurance won't pay them $50, and has made a "deal" that for a in-network patient/provider, they will onl...
by cwicker
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Our Stories
Topic: Just saying hello
Replies: 1
Views: 805

Just saying hello

Hi, I have forayed a bit into the forum with some posts and comments while waiting for my genetic tests. Both my parents developed dementia in their mid-70's. My dad, though not sure about my mom, is a heterozygous E4, and I assume mom is too. Both my parents are in their early 80s and in a long ter...
by cwicker
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Our Stories
Topic: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators
Replies: 122
Views: 92783

Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

This post is about my Dad. This background helps explain my later posts about our caregiver experience and our mistakes. The next post will give more links to caregiver resources. Thank you Nords. I just happened upon this thread. My father is also an electrical engineer in the Navy who started sho...

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