Although Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease, we feel hopeful for a cure in our lifetime. Beneficial research is being done every day by scientists with thoughtful and powerful intent. Their rapid rate of research is what drives our hope.
The Walnut Study led by Dr. Abha Chauhan at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities found significant improvement in learning skills, memory, reducing anxiety, and motor development in mice fed a walnut-enriched diet. When it comes to dementia, walnuts and certain other foods, including broccoli, have been found to also significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.
Alzheimer’s In A Dish Another amazing leap in research, comes from a local Boston research team making a major breakthrough in studying Alzheimer’s brain cells. According to the lead researcher, Rudolph E. Tanzi of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston the key to their success was a suggestion by his colleague Doo Yeon Kim to grow human brain cells in a gel, where they formed networks as in an actual brain. With their expertise, they were able to inject neurons with the genes for Alzheimer’s disease. Within weeks they saw the hard Brillo-like clumps known as plaques and the twisted spaghetti-like coils known as tangles — the defining features of Alzheimer’s disease.
This research gives scientists a way to study the interactions of possible treatments and cures with diseased brain cells far more quickly and accurately than they could with laboratory mice. The science behind it is profound. “It is a giant step forward for the field,” said Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, an Alzheimer’s researcher at Duke University. “It could dramatically accelerate testing of new drug candidates.”
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