By: Jillian Curry
Anyone who has a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can relate to the overwhelming emotional, as well as financial costs that come with caring for a loved one with this terrible disease. Watching a loved one become unable to perform daily activities as well as slowly forget who they and others are is extremely devastating. In addition, dealing with the financial burdens associated with healthcare costs can become unbearable.
New research provides hope to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as well as their families and caregivers. A recent study conducted by Bruce Yankner of Harvard Medical School has found a protein in the brain that may be responsible for preventing Alzheimer’s. This protein is active during fetal development and is activated again later in life to protect the aging brain from abnormal toxins and proteins, like Alzheimer’s disease. The study has found that in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, this protein is not present; most likely due to its failure to become activated.
This finding provides new approaches to treatment, which can focus on drugs that can activate the Alzheimer’s fighting protein early on to delay its onset. Delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s can make all the difference in the duration, progression, and severity of the disease.
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