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Alzheimer’s News February 2021

As reported in the Wall Street Journal; Experimental Alzheimer’s drug, donanemab, from Eli Lilly & Co. helped patients in a small trial. It slowed the decline in memory and ability to perform activities of daily living by 32% after 18months of use in people with mild stage Alzheimer’s. Researchers were targeting amyloid that accumulates in…

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Gateway ONA Convocation

Saturday, March 6 | 9:00am-3:00pm | via Zoom Welcome! 2021 marks the 10th Annual Open and Affirming Convocation. Like so many other events, this year’s Convocation will be different from in the past, pivoting to an on-line Zoom event. Hosted by: Gateway Open & Affirming – St. Louis Heartland Open & Affirming Coalitions – Kansas…

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Letter to US Leaders

FEBRUARY 1, 2021 Dear President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Members of the 117th Congress, I am an African American woman and proud resident of the state of Georgia! By now, the first Jewish man, Jon Ossoff, and the first African American man, Ralph Warnock, elected from Georgia to the U.S. Senate have taken their…

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Read about Missouri’s own WWII Fighter Pilot Ace – Raymond Littge (Great-uncle of Greg Schmelig)

READ: Absolutely Fearless: The Life of Raymond H. Littge, Missouri’s Top Scoring WWII Fighter Pilot Ace A biography based on research materials, military records, interviews with family members, and the diaries of his sister, Altheda Littge Schmelig (Grandmother of Greg Schmelig). The 352nd Fighter Group, known as the Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney, was one…

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Covid Vaccine

Here is a short summary of my understanding of getting the Covid vaccine in Missouri: Right now people 65 and older and other groups in tier 1 are eligible to get the vaccine. A Missouri resident can go anywhere in the state to get their vaccine; there is no county requirement. You need to get…

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The Parkway Speakers Series Presents “Covid – ACT II,” more insights and updates from John Russell, PhD

Sunday, March 14 | 11:15am | via ZOOM “This is evolving science. You are seeing sausages being made – in front of the world’s eyes,” said Yale vaccine researcher Saad Omer last December. This recent comment referring to vaccine development illustrates the speed at which science has progressed during the pandemic Parkway member and noted…

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Alzheimer’s News January 2021

A common type 2 diabetes drug called metformin may have an unexpected, but positive, side effect: new research suggests that people taking the drug appear to have significantly slower declines in thinking and memory as they age. “Our six-year study of older Australians with type 2 diabetes has uncovered a link between metformin use and…

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CMHC #15 Dr. Phil- America’s shrink or talk show bully and exploiter?

Phil McGraw has been the public face of psychology for the last twenty years, and America needs to take a long, hard look at his television empire to see what’s right and wrong with how he portrays mental illnesses and their treatments. McGraw, aka “Dr. Phil”, has had a syndicated television show for the past…

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Alzheimer’s News

Alzheimer’s News The holidays are often filled with sharing, laughter and memories. But they can also bring stress, disappointment, sadness — and due to the COVID-19 pandemic — heightened risk for spreading the virus, especially for older adults who tend to have underlying health conditions. A person living with Alzheimer’s may feel a special sense…

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Employment Opportunity

Faithful, fun, inclusive, energized congregation in West County St Louis seeks a part-time (20 hours) church bookkeeper to overlap with and replace the retiring staff member. We need someone to partner with our volunteer Treasurer, Stewardship Committee and Church Council to help us meet our mission and vision. Your primary role would be to record…

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