Heston Has Alzheimer's-Like Disease

"Epidemiological and clinical studies have found several important associations, risk factors, which now provide critical clues for new therapies or prevention strategies," says Dr. Zaven S. Khachaturian, senior medical scientific advisor to the Alzheimer's Association. "In general there is a greater level of optimism that within a few years investigators will be able to modify or slow down the disease process."

Heston gained fame for his dramatic roles in biblical epics, including The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959) and The Greatest Story Every Told (1965).

He played Michelangelo in the The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), and starred as an astronaut resisting simian rule in Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).

In 2001, he appeared in the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie The Order, and provided the voice of the mastiff in Cats & Dogs.

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