As the largest resource of information specific to women's brain health, we are sure you will find what you are looking for, and promise that you will discover new information.
Published on: September 28, 2014
by ABC News:
Researchers have found that rheumatoid arthritis patients seem to have protection from developing Alzheimer’s disease. The scientific link between the two may help researchers develop a new treatment for Alzheimer’s.
Looking at pictures is just one way Bob and Donna Otten cope.
“It’ll help him recall what we saw because he won’t remember the trip all that well,” Donna said.
Bob was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease four years ago.
“It slows it a little bit but it’s not anything amazing,” Donna said.
A new study from the University of Colorado may change that.
“A protein that is released during rheumatoid arthritis into the blood seems to get into the brain and prevent Alzheimer’s disease from getting hold,” said Dr. Huntington Potter, professor of neurology UC Anschutz Medical Campus.
The protective protein, known as GMCSF, is also an ingredient in the FDA-approved drug Leukine, which is used to treat leukemia patients.
“This drug is very special because it seems to not only get rid of amyloid deposits in the brain but encourage the growth of new neurons,” Potter said.
The drug was studied in mice and found to be effective at halting Alzheimer’s disease. Human trials are next.
For those with a family history of Alzheimer’s, like the Ottens, the discovery could be life-saving for future generations.
University of Colorado researchers will continue to study this new drug as a treatment for Alzheimer’s but say definitive results are still a few years away.
Recent findings suggested the serotonin system may be an effective target for prevention and treatment of mild cognitive impairment. “Now that we have more evidence that serotonin is a chemical that appears affected early in...
By the time you start losing your memory, it’s almost too late. That’s because the damage to your brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may already have been going on for as long as twenty years....
For decades, the only way to officially diagnose Alzheimer’s disease was by analysing a patient’s brain during a postmortem. More recently, physicians have been able to use positron emission tomography scans of the brains of living people...
The material presented through the Think Tank feature on this website is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. WBHI strongly advises all questioners and viewers using this feature with health problems to consult a qualified physician, especially before starting any treatment. The materials provided on this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. The materials are not exhaustive and cannot always respect all the most recent research in all areas of medicine.