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Howard Scientist Seeks Patients for Alzheimer’s Research

by AFRO Staff

    Dr. Thomas Obisesan and a patient Photo/Howard University News Service (Courtesy Photo)
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The chief of Howard University Hospital’s geriatrics department is looking for participants for investigational studies of drugs and treatment to control Alzheimer’s disease.

The disease, which irreversibly eradicates memory, is the target of Dr. Thomas Obisesan, chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Howard University Hospital.

He is overseeing research of ways of controlling or reversing the insidious disease that claims a new victim every 70 seconds in America and is said by health researchers to cause 75 percent of all memory loss in adults. Treating it triples health care costs for Americans 65 and older and costs the nation more than $148 billion each year.

Obisesan, in a $2 million, two-year National Institutes of Health program, is looking into whether memory loss could be reversed, or at the least slowed by something as simple as jogging, swimming, riding a bicycle or a daily walk in the local shopping mall.

He is seeking patients who may be experiencing early signs of Alzheimer’s to participate in his study, according to university officials.

Obisesan developed his hypothesis after evaluating data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

After studying statistics for thousands of elderly adults, Obisesan found “very significant” evidence that those who involved aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming, dancing or bicycling had better memories than those who didn’t.

The evidence was so significant that Obisesan was invited in 2011 to present his findings at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s disease in before more than 10,000 medical professionals gathered in Vienna, Austria.

And the rest of the medical community?

“Everybody is on the edge of their seats to find out what will be the results,” he said.

Obisesan can be reached at 202- 865-7895.



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