Posts Tagged Alzheimer’s research
Do you have anyone in your life who has dementia or Alzheimer’s? On This American Life podcast, you will hear the story of a family who has decided to venture into the world of Alzheimer’s disease on grandma’s terms. Instead of trying to bring her into reality, they are attempting to live in, and play out her reality. It is an interesting story.
This article discusses research performed on young babies who carry a gene linked to Alzheimer’s. “In a new report published in JAMA Neurology, researchers have revealed that infants who carry the gene APOE-E4 – a variant associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease – also tend to have differences in brain development compared to children who don’t have the gene.”
Because researchers are beginning to understand that “some” change occurs early in the brains of these infants who carry the gene, the hope is that one day there will be a special intervention early on (reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s)… vs. waiting 60 years until real cognitive changes take place.
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.
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.