American Morning

Tune in at 6am Eastern for all the news you need to start your day.
July 19th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

Could an eye exam help you diagnose Alzheimer's disease?

Emerging research about Alzheimer's disease suggests that an eye exam could one day help doctors detect the disease in the brain and that traumatic brain injuries may predispose people to developing dementia.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent, talks with Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss the results of these preliminary studies, which offer new insight into the early signs and possible causes of Alzheimers.

Posted by:
Filed under: Alzheimer's • Health
April 19th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

New guidelines for Alzheimer's diagnosis expanded to include patients with mild, no symptoms

A milestone this morning in the fight against Alzheimer's.

For the first time in 27 years, there are new criteria and guidelines for the diagnosis of the disease, and they include victirms who don't even show symptoms yet.

Right now, one in eight Americans over 65 has Alzheimers, and that number jumps to 50% when we look at Americans over 85 years old. That means every 69 seconds, another American develops Alzheimer's.

On American Morning this morning, we spoke with Dr. William Thies, the chief medical and scientific officer at the National Alzheimer's Association.

Filed under: Alzheimer's
September 21st, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Alzheimer’s CEO: Disease as an epidemic, financial burden

A report out this morning calls Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia an epidemic and the financial burden is nothing short of crushing.

The costs associated will total well over $600 billion this year – one percent of the World’s gross domestic product. By 2030, those costs are projected to increase by 85 percent. Harry Johns, President & CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, joined Tuesday's American Morning to discuss the implications of the report and the growing difficulties in dealing with this disease.

Harry Johns: It's only going to increase [with] the aging of America and worldwide. Alzheimer's is not normal aging. As I know you realize, John, but it is the biggest risk factor of Alzheimer’s and going to drive the numbers substantially. Today, in America, we have an estimated 5.3 million people with the disease and that's going to go as high as 16 million by the middle of the century if we can't change the course of the disease.


Filed under: Alzheimer's
September 20th, 2010
11:04 PM ET

The Teaser for Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:20AM Jeff Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University , on the National Bureau of Economic Research statement that "The Great Recession" ended in June 2009, amidst a slew of conflicting research that shows we might be headed for a double-dip recession.

6:40AM Ted Brassfield and Velma Hart, two attendees at the "Investing in America" town hall meeting with President Obama , on their reactions to the President's responses. Hart, the chief financial officer of AMVETS, made headlines today when she said she was "exhausted of defending" the President.

7:40AM Rep. Bob Inglis, (R-SC) who lost his 2010 re-election bid , on whether moderate Republicans are being squeezed out of the GOP by Tea Party candidates.

7:50AM Harry Johns, President and CEO, The Alzheimer's Association , on World Alzheimer's Day and the release of the "World Alzheimer Report 2010: the Global Economic Impact of Dementia" by Alzheimer's Disease International.

8:10AM Michael Crowley, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, TIME Magazine , on President Obama's "Investing in America" town hall Monday, and whether President Obama's message of hope and optimism has been lost.

8:40AM Eliot Spitzer, Host, CNN's "Parker Spitzer" and former Governor of New York , on the new movie "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" and the disconnect between Main Street and Wall Street.

Have questions for any of our guests?

Tweet 'em at or post them below and we'll try to use 'em!

Have an idea for a story? Or more questions about something you saw or read on our amFIX blog, Facebook or Twitter?

E-mail your story ideas and questions to

Filed under: Alzheimer's • American Morning • Economy • Politics • The Great Recession • The Teaser