Posted: Sunday, November 05, 2000

Alzheimer's focus of lecture, workshops

JUNEAU -- A researcher who has linked high-fat diets with Alzheimer's Disease will give a presentation on her findings at 7 p.m. Friday at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The study's conclusion was reached by researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. Researchers said the risk is especially high if adults carry a genetic marker called ApoE-E4 allele. Grace J. Petot, who will visit Juneau, is the university's principal researcher.

The study examined foods eaten by 304 men and women. The participants were, on average, in their 70s when the research began in 1991. Seventy-two of them had Alzheimer's Disease.

The research indicates people ages 40 to 59 with the genetic marker who consumed more than 40 percent of their calories from fat, were nearly 30 times more at risk for developing Alzheimer's than people who ate high-fat foods but did not have the marker. A genetic marker is an identifiable substance that is associated with a particular gene.

Nationwide, 50 percent of persons over 85 are affected by Alzheimer's Disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. An estimated 200 Juneau residents suffer from the disease.

The local Alzheimer's Association will hold follow-up community workshops at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 and 15. For details, call Glen Ray, Outreach Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association, 586-5044.

Missing Ketchikan hunter found safe

JUNEAU --A Ketchikan hunter was found safe Saturday after being lost overnight on Prince of Wales Island.

Matthew Snow, 33, was located in good condition at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. He declined medical attention, said Alaska State Troopers spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

Snow was reported missing at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan received word that Snow, a Ketchikan resident, was overdue from a hunting trip. He had been out with two other men, but the trio became separated. His hunting partners described Snow as an experienced outdoorsman who was warmly dressed but did not have camping equipment with him.

Search and rescue teams from Klawock looked for him during the evening along the Prince of Wales road system and expanded their search at first light Saturday. A Fish and Wildlife protection plane took off at 8 a.m. Saturday to begin an aerial search.

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