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THE TIMES, JANUARY 31 2019 PAGE fleaftli it ‘ Dementia can begin early By PROF. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D., PhD (EDITOR’S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medical inventor, and Country music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his parents’ Ponchatoula straw- berry farm. He is a graduate of St. Joseph, Ponchatoula High School, Southeastern, 'I\11ane two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is “retired” now in Kentwood. The doctor’s column appears on facebook.com/theponchatou- latimes and on facebook.com/theindependencetimes. It is also available online at ponchatoula.com/ptimes) A frightening thought is the loss of one’s memory. An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or some other form of dementia and those numbers will jump to 13.8 million by 2050. Until now, the general consensus was that the onset of cognitive decline, associated with dementia, did not begin until 60. A study published in the British Medical Journal, conducted by an Inserm research team, shows that our memory and capacity for reasoning and under- standing start to decline at the age of 45. The study estimated 43.8 million cases of de- mentia worldwide in 2016, which “represented an in- crease of 117% from the number of cases in 1990 (20.2 million). The highest age-stan- dardized prevalence rates of dementia were reported in Turkey and Brazil, and the lowest were found in Nigeria and Ghana. Dementia was the fifth- leading cause of mortality worldwide in 2016. The age-standardized prevalence of dementia was 17% higher among women vs. men in 2016, and the number of women who died of dementia was nearly double that of men. g Tragically, nearly a half- million new Alzheimer’s cases will be diagnosed annually. The prevalence of de- mentia approximately doubled for every 5-year increase in age between 50 and 80 years. Increased life expectancy implies a sig- nificant rise in the number of elderly people. clinical studies demonstrate a cor- relation between the pres- ence of amyloid plaques in the brain and the severity of cognitive decline. It would seem that these amyloid plaques are found in the brains of young adults. Actually, there are three main drugs (Aricept, or donepezil; Ex- elon, or rivastigmine; and Reminyl, Razadyne or gal~ antamine) which are cur- - Super Bowl Saints 2018-2019 theme‘ song, have agreed to per- form to demonstrate their feelings regarding the NFL and the Super Bowl. Other individuals have chosen to host “Boycott the Super Bowl” parties where they avoid watching the Super Bowl. “During my party, I will briefly turn on the Super Bowl and then immediately turn it Off. I want to send the message to the television, stations that we have no interest in watching a set game. This type of party demonstrates that football fans are only interested in watching a national cham- pionship when the game is fair, without faulty game- changing calls/no calls. One Louisiana resi- dent wrote a song describ- ing the controversial no- call which went viral. Al d’Aquin Jr. uploaded the Dr. Howes rently approved for use in mild-to-moderate Al- zheimer’s disease. Not one of the six clini- cal trials examined by Italian researchers found that the drugs significant- ly reduced the rate of pro- gression from mild cogni- tive impairment (MCI) to dementia. Estimates are that upward of one in four with MCI are given these drugs, which can cause ulcers, gastric bleeding, nausea, vomiting, diar- rhea, insomnia, fatigue, fainting, muscle cramps, etc. Giving Alzheimer’s drugs to people with early membry problems did not delay the onset of the dis- ease. Bitter debates have erupted over question- able benefits and enor- mous costs. Drug compa- nies must stop trying to “shame” us into asking our physicians to prescribe in- effective medications for our affected family mem- bers. A cure is desperately needed but current pros- pects are poor. In the America that I love, we realize that as life expectancy continues to increase, understanding the correlation between cognitive decline and age is one of the challenges of the 2lst century. We ur- gently need more clinical trials to find truly effective drugs to slow the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Be careful of duplicitous “campaigns of persuasion.” FROM PAGE ONE song “Bullsh$t” and with- in hours had thousands of “likes” and shares. He used humor to call out Roger Goodell and the NFL. Per- haps the most popular line of the song which claimed, “It was a'call so bad, even Ray Charles could see (it).” Some fans have also rallied to show unending support for their team. Following the game, mem- bers' of the Who Dat Na- tion fl00ded Facebook with posts of anger and disap- pointment regarding how the game was won by the Rams. ' One Jefl'erson Parish councilman and fans lob- bied for a parade in honor of the Saints, they believe the Saints deserve recog- nition for their hard-work and winning season. limos into: not Edition www,ponclmiuuln,comlptimes tmmm m m )0)" Official Airshow sponsorship photo Pictured (left to right) are Hammond Mayor and Hammond Airshow Foundation Vice Presi- dent Pete Panepinto, First Guaranty Bank Presi- dent and CEO Alton Lewis, Senior Vice President Marketing & Loan Administration Desiree Sim- mons, and Hammond Airshow Foundation Presi— dent Guy Recotta. Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow to return September 19-20 The Hammond Airshow Foundation is excited to an- nounce that the Hammond Northshore Regional Air- show will take flight again on September 19-20, 2020, at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport, with First Guaranty Bank signed back on as the 2020 presenting sponsor. “It is a great honor for First Guaranty Bank to be asked to be the presenting sponsor of the Hammond Northshore Regional Air- show for 2020,” President and CEO Alton Lewis said. “First Guaranty Bank welcomes the opportu- nity to support the City of Hammond, this great event, and our entire com- munity in any way that we can. Let’s all work togeth- er to make this a great success.” The Hammond-based bank was also the present- ing sponsor for the 2018 Airshow, joining more than 70 other sponsors, both businesses and indi- viduals, committed to put- ting on a strong event. This past year, over 35,000 guests from across the region enjoyed top name acts such as Skip Stewart, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the Shockwave Jet Truck, the all-female Misty Blues Jump Team, and the big- gest headline — the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor fight- er jet. Newly-elected Ham- mond Airshow Founda- tion board officers are President Guy Recotta, Vice-President Mayor Pete Panepinto, Treasur- er Theresa Harris, and Secretary Joe Thomas, as well as Airport Director David Lobue, Paul Cutrer, who handles performance management, William Wainwright who handles logistics and Chip Rocker, who joins the board this year. “The Foundation is ap- preciative of the support the community gave to the 2018 Airshow,” President Guy Recotta said. “Its success was due to First Guaranty Bank which led [the way by stepping up as presenting sponsor, and the support of all of our other sponsors and volun- teers. The 2020 show will be even more thrilling!” Over the next two years, the Foundation board will be working to secure acts and sponsors, and work out the logistics to put on an- other successful airshow. The Foundation board has also been trained and certified through the In- ternational Council of Air- shows (ICAS), completing Airshow 101 and 102. This yearly ICAS event also gives them the opportu- nity to meet top national and international airshow talent. Local nonprofits receiv- ing support from the 2018 Airshow proceeds include the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, Ham- mond Afterschool Pro- gram, Hammond High Magnet School Torbotics, and the Tangipahoa Af- rican American Heritage Museum STEM Summer Camp. “I’m honored to work with everyone to host the Hammond Airshow in 2020 because it benefits Hammond in so many ways,” Mayor Panepinto said. “People visit who may never come to Ham- mond otherwise. They eat, stay, and shop in Ham- mond, seeing everything that we have to offer.” Airshow enthusiasts are encouraged to follow the Airshow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ hammondLAairshow and on the web at www.ham- mondairshow.com for all the latest news. Businesses interested in being a part of the Air- show, should visit www. . hammondairshow.com/be- come-a-sponsor to contact the Foundation. Home of the Airshow, the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport, is fully equipped to handle large aircraft, with dual light- ed runways as well as an air traffic control tower. The airfield is over 900 acres and has based 193 aircraft including general, corporate, and military aircraft. Also located on the airfield is unimproved land for development by corporate or private avia- tion individuals. Your opinion on Public Education in Louisiana matters! EDUCA'l'lO ASSOCIA’TK) THE TERRY ANN MCMAHON MEMORlAL LABYRINTH AT ROSARYVILLE Labyrinths have existed for OVer 2,000 years. Be a part of this addition to our community by donating to help build the Terry Ann McMahon Memorial Labyrinth. This labyrinth path will be stained green on a 60‘X60' concrete slab requiring little upkeep. Open to the public at no charge. A great attraction for Rosaryville and Tangipahoa Parish. Send your donation or stop by Rosaryville’s gift shop for some labyrinth charm jewelry. Attn: Labyrinth Fund 39003 Rosaryvilie Rd. Ponchatoula, LA 70454 The Krewe of Erin began the project in honor of Terry Ann McMahon, co-founder of the Krewe of Erin and greatly missed community advocate. @LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION 0! EDUCATORS E Mail. otliiuv'cqipoimimlouil;\.(:om or iimcsnfimlr‘pendonceéugmnil.com