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Early Alzheimer's Testing and Preventative Care

What if a compound from a common spice could help detect Alzheimer's in patients? A team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is developing a test that could make early detection possible, and a first step for the patient would be taking pills derived from curcumin, which is found in turmeric, an ingredient often used in Indian curries.

Knowing earlier than later would be helpful to patients. Gary Bricker was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 63 in 2012, but during the years leading up to his diagnosis, Bricker's relationship with his wife suffered immensely. To add to the stress, Bricker -- a former real estate attorney -- ended up losing two jobs.

Shortly after his diagnosis, Bricker and his wife Lisa decided to launch AlzAcrossAmerica, a nonprofit organization that hopes to provide resources and a support network to those affected by the disease. (And for information on clinical trials, check out TrialMatch at the Alzheimer's Association).

In this exclusive "SoCal Connected" report, Val Zavala discusses early Alzheimer's detection, and what this means for families who are hoping to plan for health situations in advance.

Featuring Interviews With:

  • Dr. Keith Black, chairman, neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

  • Gary Bricker, founder of AlzAcrossAmerica

  • Susan Galeas, executive director, southland chapter of Alzheimer's Association

  • Lisa Bricker, founder of AlzAcrossAmerica
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Heat

How hot will your neighborhood get? "SoCal Connected" looks at the ground-level effects of climate change on southern California.

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Under the Influence

Influencers - they are powerful, persuasive, and they are everywhere. Marketers use them to reach you, to form what you buy, how you live, and what you do. You may not know it, but you could be living under the influence.

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The New Normal

California's wildfires are more severe and deadlier than ever before. Debates are raging as to what to do, who will pay for billions of dollars in damage and what can be done to lessen the destruction as California adjusts to its new normal: year-around fire.

  • 2019-07-02T13:00:00-07:00
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It's Not Easy Being Green

Chopped down trees, unspent money, building homes thirty feet from the freeway: Is the city of Los Angeles falling down on the job when it comes to certain environmental policies? Socal Connected investigates.

  • 2019-07-09T13:00:00-07:00
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Jazz City

For decades Los Angeles has existed in the shadows of New York and Chicago when it comes to jazz, but that's now changing. L.A.'s jazz scene is on the upswing. Meet the people, places and sounds that are putting L.A. jazz back on the map. 

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