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Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s Disease has been researched over and over again and a recent breakthrough in this disease is that there is a protein that protects the person against this condition. This has been discovered recently and has thus paved the path for a new kind of treatment.

The scientists who screened Alzheimer’s have found the DNA of around two thousand people and have found that those with a mutated form of the gene were less prone to develop dementia.

Imitating this variant there is a drug that could thus stop Alzheimer’s, and the gene that is in focus is the APP or the Amyloid precursor protein. This produces a chemical called amyloid beta which is found glued in the brain and blocks the neurons from being in contact with each other.

Alzheimer’s starts with small clumps which then form small pieces of protein that collect together and cause the symptoms related to speech impairment and memory loss. Brain scans detected this disease many years before the memory problems develop.

Doctors believe that there is a rare mutation that brings about this reduction in the formation of plaques which are considered very harmful. Researchers have also found that the dementia for the free elderly people have more function between the ages of 80 and 100 than those who have normal functions.

The APP gene has shown mutations that have been shown in the early stages of Alzheimer’s that is hereditary and it has not been connected to the common condition of the disease that is seen to occur in later life.

In fact the research shows that the other ideas that interfered with the gene can be achieved with the existing drugs and these could actually result in preventing dementia. In spite of many years of research the scientists have not shown much progress in making drugs that slow down the interactions between the proteins.

This is due to the reason that the drug molecules are smaller than the proteins so even it they do join to the larger molecules they are too tiny to stop the other proteins binding in other places.

Alzheimer’s is the most common degenerative condition and is seen to affect more than 300,000 in the United Kingdom. It is said that it affects one in 14 people who are above 65 years of age. Sometimes it is inherited.  Alzheimer is a condition that is caused by the brain getting washed away especially in the cerebral cortex area. the grey matter tends to waste away and there are clumps of protein called tangles and plaques. These destroy the other brain cells and early symptoms of the disease begin. This starts with memory problems and not saying the words properly. Some other symptoms include dramatic personality changes, severe confusion and other delusions.

The condition is normally cause due to the brain getting wasted and there is actually no cure for it though there are some treatment methods which curb the increase of the disease.

Thus Alzheimer’s disease shows a ray of hope with the discovery of the protein content that could shift the focus of the treatment of the disease.

Know all about the recent breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer’s which shows a cure for the disease.

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