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March 29, 2005

Prince Rainier's Condition Very Fragile

"Palace officials in Monaco say Prince Rainier's condition remains stable but fragile Tuesday. In a statement, the officials say the 81-year-old prince remains on a respirator, and his prognosis is extremely reserved."

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Pope May Have Feeding Tube Inserted

"Pope John Paul II may have to return to the hospital to have a feeding tube inserted since he is having trouble swallowing with the breathing tube that was inserted last month, an Italian news agency reported."

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March 23, 2005

Fish Oil May Fight Alzheimer's Disease

Those who eat diets high in omega-3 fatty acids may be keeping Alzheimer's at bay, according to a new study. "After three to five months, which translates to several years in humans, the group of mice fed the DHA-rich diet had 70 percent less buildup of amyloid protein in the brain. This sticky protein is what makes up the plaques in the brain that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's."

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Early Test for Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers believe a word memory test may aid in the early detection of Alzheimer's Disease. The person being tested is given a list of 10 words and is then asked to recall them after a delay or after performing an unrelated task.

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March 12, 2005

Macular Degeneration Gene Mutation

"A gene mutation has been linked to age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly, by three sets of researchers working independently. An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from the disorder, a number expected to double as the baby boom generation ages."

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March 10, 2005

David Hyde Pierce Urges Passage of Alzheimer's Bill

David Hyde Pierce "joined senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and Kit Bond (R-MO) today to announce the reintroduction of the Ronald Reagan Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act which would authorize Congress to double federal research funding for Alzheimer's to $1.4 billion annually."

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