Scientists believe amyloid protein plays a role in Alzheimer’s but are still trying to explain how.
One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, which is characterized by memory loss and dementia, is a protein called amyloid. In patients who die of the disease, sticky plaques of the protein are found in the brain at autopsy, although not all people with amyloid deposits develop Alzheimer’s. But why does the protein start to gum up the delicate network of nerves in the brain? Some recent evidence suggested that the protein, which the body makes normally in small amounts, spreads from one cell to another in the brain of affected patients, eventually compromising multiple regions of the brain over time.
Source: Study Shows Alzheimer’s Protein May Not Spread Like a Virus | TIME.com
At “Auguste’s Cottage” at Allisonville Meadows, it takes just a few notes to get some of the Alzheimer’s patients up on their feet and dancing.But it’s much more than just fun — it’s music therapy that’s triggering memories that the disease has stolen.
“Music stores itself in the long-term memories very deep in your brain, and even though you have residents who are not able to communicate effectively anymore with words, somehow they can still remember music that was a big part of their lives when they were younger,” said Amanda Janz, with the Alzheimer’s Association.
A new drug for Alzheimer`s has shown “encouraging” results in early trials on mice, claim British scientists who believe that it can stop the disease before it seriously affects a person`s mental abilities.
In early trials conducted on mice they found the compound reduced by a third the number of `plaques` on the brain, which are associated with the disease.
New drug can stop Alzheimer`s early