Tech researchers carry out Alzheimer's study

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Researchers at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) are conducting a study to see how Alzheimer's targets Mexican Americans.  Sid O'Bryant, Ph.D., assistant professor in the TTUHSC Department of Neurology, said studies such as this are needed to find answers and currently, there is not much data about how this disease affects Mexican Americans.

Researchers are looking for participants to aid in this study.  The study takes only two hours once a year and involves blood work, interviews, and memory testing.  Volunteers must be 50 years or older.  All participants will be paid $100 for their time and travel expenses.

TTUHSC experts will offer presentations about the study at the following times and locations: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., March 7th, at Carver Early Learning Center, 501 West Adams, Levelland, Texas, and from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., April 14th, at the United Resource meeting at South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG), 1323 58th Street, Lubbock, Texas.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, 35 million people worldwide are affected by disease and related dementia's.

Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease may include: Getting lost, repetitive questions and conversations, taking longer than usual to finish routine daily tasks, losing things or misplacing them in odd places, noticeable changes in personality or mood, memory problems that are noticed by others.

For more information about the study or presentations, contact Vicki Ramirez, TTUHSC research coordinator, at (806) 743-5604.

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