New Research Co-Funded by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Shows New Alzheimer’s Gene, CD33, May Hold Key to Treatment

Excessive levels of the protein CD33 can impede the clearance of the plaque-forming protein, amyloid beta, the key component of senile plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients. The discovery, made by Dr. Rudolph Tanzi and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital, and co-funded by the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will be published in the journal Neuron.


Landmark High-Rise Fire Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes, Elevator Use

When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members—instead of three or four—are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing search-and-rescue operations, concludes a major new study* carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with five other organizations.


Thousands Of Mine Workers March On Patriot Coal In Charleston, W.Va.

Faith leaders and elected officials joined thousands of active and retired union members, families and concerned citizens today, marching to the offices of Patriot Coal in downtown Charleston, West Virginia.  Sixteen labor leaders, clergy and UMWA members were arrested during a non-violent protest in front of Patriot headquarters at Laidley Tower on Lee Street in Charleston.  


New Regulations Threaten Women's Health Care, Not Endorsed By Virginia Doctors

Strict enforcement of new building requirements for women’s health care facilities that provide safe, legal first-trimester abortion are unnecessary and could prevent patients from having access to quality and necessary care, said Virginia Senator Barbara Favola (D – 31st District), at a public hearing Tuesday held by the VDH before the Virginia Board of Health.


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