Friday, July 11, 2008

Alzheimer's Hope, At Last

Anyone who has endured the emotional and psychological devastation wrought by Alzheimer's Disease can find some encourage ment in this week's research findings emanating from Australia. The scientific details being too complex for either me or this blog, here's the layperson's version: The ionophore clioquinol, a compound that transports metal ions across cell membranes and has been the subject of chemotherapy study, has been shown in mouse models to rapidly reverse Alzheimer's symptoms, within a few days of taking it orally. More research is needed, of course, but the investigations of synaptic metals' role in Alzheimer's are exciting and offer the first glimmer of serious hope in Alzheimer's treatment.
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