Breakthrough for Alzheimer's Patients

Posted by M ws On Saturday, July 14, 2012 0 comments
Claire Bates of The Daily Mail certainly exuded much hope in the air for Alzheimer's patients. She reported that:

A protein that protects against Alzheimer's disease has been discovered, opening the door to a new treatment.

Scientists screened the DNA of almost two thousand people and found those with a mutated form of the gene were less likely to develop dementia.

Mimicking this variant with a drug could stop Alzheimer's in its tracks, say neurologists.

The gene in question is known as APP (amyloid precursor protein) and makes a chemical called amyloid-beta which sticks together in the brain and blocks neurons from communicating with each other.

The onset of the disease has been linked to such clumps which form when fragments of the protein gather together and cause the classic symptoms such as memory loss and speech problems.

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