Hallberg on Alzheimer's
A treatment for Alzheimers may be possible within just a few years.
Last month, a U of M study identified a key link to memory loss. Researchers identified a common brain protein that impairs brain function by slowly poisoning the brain over time. They believe discovery could lead to new Alzhiemer's drugs, and could even lead to a treatment to reverse the effects of Alzheimer's.
This research, along with at least three upcoming drug trials, show promise for treating a desease that has long vexed doctors and their patients.
But as our regular medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg pointed out, the symptoms and diagnosis of the disease have remained largely unchanged.
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Coleman on nukes
Last December several people posing as a fake U.S. company were able to acquire enough radioactive material to build two so-called "dirty" bombs. The group then split into two teams. Each was able to smuggle the material into the U.S.
The teams were actually investigators from the Government Accountability Office. They were sent on the mission by a U.S. Senate subcommittee chaired by Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman.
Coleman -- a Republican -- says the implications of the investigation could not be more serious.5:18 p.m.
Singing out at 25 The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of concerts at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis. Three long time chorus members talked about its importance in their lives.5:48 p.m.
Being gay in the NFL Since his retirement from the NFL, Esera Tuaolo has taken what's perhaps his most profound step: he's become one of the few professional football players to publicly come out about his homosexuality.6:23 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
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New York to Release 911 Calls from Sept. 11
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Congress, FEMA Try to Free Up Stockpile of Trailers
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Law Stands in the Way of Sturdy Katrina Cottages
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University Names Building After a Local Slave and Poet
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Cristina Branco: Musical Journey to Portugal
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Freed Reporter Unclear on Motive for Her Abduction
American reporter Jill Carroll is released unharmed in Iraq, three months after she was kidnapped. "I was treated well, but I don't know why I was kidnapped," Carroll said in an interview on Baghdad television. Her captors had demanded that female detainees be freed or Carroll would be killed.