Marijuana to cure Alzheimer’s?

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According to a new study published in the Aging and Mechanisms of Disease journal on Friday [July 1], the active compound tetrahydrocannabinol also known as THC has the potential to cure Alzheimer’s Disease.

The study concluded that the compound in conjunction with others found in marijuana can help with the removal of toxic proteins, amyloid beta, that contribute to the disease.

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Researching Alzheimer’s with your husband

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Dorene Rentz, one of 
the local neuropsychologists behind a pioneering Alzheimer’s study, spends her days searching for 
answers in the mysterious plaques that invade the brains of those suffering from the incurable disease.

And Rentz’s search will take on a new sense of urgency in the coming months, as the study gains a key participant: her husband.

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Alzheimer’s breakthrough?

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Could it be true this time?

Researchers in the U.K. have found that blocking a receptor in the brain that regulates immune cells could “protect against the memory and behavior changes seen in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.”

According to a news release from the University of Southampton, the research by scientists looking into how Alzheimer’s progresses in the human brain has added to evidence that “inflammation in the brain can in fact drive the development of the disease.”

The study’s findings, published on Friday in the journal Brain, point to the disease potentially being halted if inflammation in the brain is reduced, with hopes of an effective new treatment being developed as a result.

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More than one Alzheimer’s?

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A study done in August suggested that there may be more sorts of Alzheimer’s disease; inflammatory, noninflammatory and cortical.

They would each need different treatment and it may be the reason why lots of drug have failed so far.

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An experimental Alzheimer’s drug

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Alzheimer’s trial

  • The trial: 200 people globally with a family history of Alzheimer’s
  • The drug: Targets amyloids that build up and create plaques in the brain, it binds to them and is flushed from the brain preventing brain damage
  • Who it can help: Initially potentially people with a genetic predisposition but hopefully people with Alzheimer’s generally, Parkinson’s disease and other kinds of dementia
    For more information: www.brainpet.org

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New Alzheimer’s Research at the University of New Mexico

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Researchers at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center say they are getting closer to a vaccine that could someday rescue people from Alzheimer’s.

Although still years away, the hope is it could treat or even prevent the disease, and at a lower cost than other potential cures being researched.

Assistant professor Kiran Bhaskar and his team have developed a vaccine that restores cognition in mice engineered to develop Alzheimer’s disease. It also reverses changes in their brains that indicate the presence of the disease.

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This can not be good for Alzheimer’s

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Read this tale of lawsuits and accusations and you’ll start to understand that unfortunately not all who are involved in Alzheimer’s research are concerned with just finding a medicine but apparently the glory (or money) in finding the first real working medicine creates a situation where people and institutions are suing to get rights to a study or materials or volunteers or equipment all of which does not help Alzheimer’s and is counter to finding the best medicine.

I’m not even interested in who is right or who is wrong, I’m just disgusted by researchers and institutions wasting valuable time and money on fighting battles in court instead of fighting the battle with Alzheimer’s in the laboratory.

Very disappointing!

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A teen with “Alzheimer’s”

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A teen with a rare disease, that eventually has the same effect as Alzheimer’s.

The condition is named Niemann-Pick Type C and drugs are “available” but very costly. Most cells in the body can recover from the condition but not the brain cells, hence the similarity to Alzheimer’s.

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A reversal of brain damage caused by Alzheimer

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More news on the great trial from Biogen:

A new Alzheimer’s drug that reverses the damage the disease causes in patients’ brains could ‘change the landscape’ of future treatment, according to researchers.

It has already performed so well at early-stage trials involving people living with the disease in the United States that scientists are now in talks aimed at leapfrogging the usual second stage and fast-tracking it for larger trials.

Pharmaceutical firm Biogen, which developed the drug, called aduncanumab, wants to recruit at least 1,000 patients for tests by the end of the year.

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Great News, another drug seems to work to fight alzheimer!

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An experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease sharply slowed the decline in mental function in a small clinical trial, researchers reported Friday, reviving hopes for an approach to therapy that until now has experienced repeated failures.

The drug, being developed by Biogen Idec, could achieve sales of billions of dollars a year if the results from the small trial are replicated in larger trials that Biogen said it hoped to begin this year. Experts say that there are no really good drugs now to treat Alzheimer’s.

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Alzheimer research with Dogs

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“Several studies have shown amazing improvements in the memory and learning of older dogs by feeding them a diet rich in antioxidants— mainly fruits and vegetables. And they’ve also seen an improvement in the learning behavior improved with plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and lots of socialization with other dogs. So just like with humans, we can be proactive about helping our aging pets through diet and exercise.”

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New molecule identified that may delay Onset Alzheimer

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Scientists at the University of Cambridge have identified a crucial molecule that could put the brakes on the damage to the brain:

Samuel Cohen, who led the study at the University of Cambridge, said: “The big advantage is that we haven’t just come up with a drug and not really understood what it is doing. We’ve come up with a general strategy that could work.”

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The Colombia connection for Alzheimer

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We wrote about the testing done in Colombia about three years ago HERE and highlighted the article in the NYtimes HERE .

In our link below a TV documentary with an update on this large family with Alzheimer and the mutation in the disease that may yet hold the key to a solution. The study is planned to be concluded in 2020 so nothing goes fast with this horrible disease but at least there is optimism about a potential new path for finding a cure.

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Read the Directions with over the counter medicine

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A study found out that some of the over the counter available drugs may increase your risk of getting Alzheimer.

Sleep remedy Nytol, anti-allergy meds Benadryl and Piriton, and some older antidepressants are among the products associated with an increased risk of the dementia disease, researchers found, the Daily Mail reported.

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Canada warns about Donepezil, an Alzheimer drug

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The prescription medication has been linked to a muscle breakdown called rhabdomyolysis and the neurological disorder NMS (neuroleptic malignant syndrome) in some patients.

Donepezil, sold under the brand names Aricept and Aricept RDT as well as generic equivalents, is used to treat the symptoms of mild to severe Alzheimer’s disease.

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