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Date: 2007-12-12 11:17
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Bad news re Terry Pratchett.

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User: silver_chipmunk
Date: 2007-12-12 16:31 (UTC)
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I know, I heard through the Discworld community.

Sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks.
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User: johnridley
Date: 2007-12-12 17:29 (UTC)
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FWIW, there are some people in the medical community that are quite hopeful that they'll have something to arrest development in 5 to 10 years. It may be quick enough to help him, at least somewhat. Long term all the folks that were on the radio during the show I listened to were pretty sure they'd be able to stop it, but it may be a while (it's always just a little too late, isn't it?)
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User: johnridley
Date: 2007-12-12 17:37 (UTC)
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...of course, like the 30-year-off fusion power, many medical cures are always 5-10 years off.
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User: maddiec24
Date: 2007-12-13 02:24 (UTC)
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That's awful. I don't follow his work, but I hate to hear that about anyone.
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User: greenlady2
Date: 2007-12-13 07:05 (UTC)
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Damn, damn, damn.

I hadn't heard of this before, as I don't follow Terry Pratchett's work much. But I wouldn't wish this on anyone, let alone a writer. The whole concept of losing your memory is so scary.

Two of my uncles died of Alzheimers, so that makes me nervous. My mother is in her 80s, and she's fine, though, and so are her sisters. In my uncles' cases, I think there may have been other factors involved besides heredity.

Anyway, let's keep our fingers crossed for Terry Pratchett. And they are working on treatments for the disease.
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User: sionnachair
Date: 2007-12-13 19:08 (UTC)
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I was really sorry to hear this news. http://express.lineone.net/posts/view/27970/BREAKTHROUGH-ON-ALZHEIMER-S
A couple of days ago I heard about this new treatment approach. I hope it develops into some that actually works.
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