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A British team of scientists have found a way to halt the death of brain cells in mice. This could represent a breakthrough in the treatment of neurological diseases.
The team induced (created) a neurodegenerative disease in the mice. A drug-like compound was injected into the stomach of a group of mice. According to the study, “the mice who were treated remained free of symptoms like memory loss, impaired reflexes, and limb dragging five weeks later. The treated mice also lived longer than the untreated mice.” *These mice did have side effects, such as weight loss and increased sugar levels.
It is good to know that while we play and sleep, there are others working diligently to find better treatments for Alzheimer’s and other diseases like Parkinson’s.
An Ethopian farmer claims he is 160 years old. When interviewed, he could still recall clearly parts of history when Italy invaded his country. When he grew up, it was an oral society; thus no birth certificate. Tests will be done to determine his actual age. Currently, the oldest living person is 115 and he would beat that record. I was curious though, what “test” could be run to determine his age? I wish the article would have elaborated about this.
As the medical community strives to combat Alzheimer’s disease, there is a new experiment to maintain or even revive the brain of individuals with Alzheimer’s. By stimulating the brain with a special electrical device, scientists hope to improve the lives of those suffering with Alzheimer’s. It is currently being used on a small group of individuals. Follow up for a few years will be necessary to conclude the effectiveness of the device.
Do you know of an older adult who thinks the internet is something you find at the library? It is quite difficult to explain what the internet is and its benefits to an older adult (who for whatever reason) has become somewhat isolated from modern technology.
My husband’s grandfather recently received a “tutorial” from his much younger family members about the benefits of the iPad. He was curious about the new technology and was intrigued as they showed him an iPad and all its neat tricks. At the end of their discussion, however, he didn’t think he would purchase one (because he rarely uses his desk top computer as it is). Read the rest of this entry »