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One Step Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer's


Researchers believe they have reached a key “turning point” in the search for a treatment for Alzheimer’s. The BBC reports that the Medical Research Council at the University of Leicester found a chemical compound that was able to halt a kind of neurodegeneration in mice that is similar to the brain cell death of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases in humans. More:

Prof Roger Morris, from King’s College London, said: “This finding, I suspect, will be judged by history as a turning point in the search for medicines to control and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.”

He told the BBC a cure for Alzheimer’s was not imminent but: “I’m very excited, it’s the first proof in any living animal that you can delay neurodegeneration.

“The world won’t change tomorrow, but this is a landmark study.”

The US and other greying countries are on the brink of a dramatic rise in the incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia. As the Boomers age into their seventies and eighties, when the disease becomes more common, the already fragile health care system will come under even greater stress. A breakthrough that could put on us the track to a medical solution to this problem is therefore very exciting news.

But even if researchers can use these findings to develop an effective treatment in time—a huge if— it wouldn’t be a panacea for the problems an aging population will cause. We can’t escape the hard work of transforming service delivery and restructuring our life patterns, medical miracle or no.

[Stethoscope image courtesy Shutterstock.]

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  • Boritz

    it wouldn’t be a panacea for the problems an aging population will cause. We can’t escape the hard work of transforming service delivery and restructuring our life patterns, medical miracle or no. – VM
    The article linked here talks about family helping family and how that will be more difficult for us that it was for The Waltons.
    But isn’t the government our family now? Isn’t that who is going to provide our end of life care? Is the ‘contract between generations’ : social security, medicare, medicade, and now ACA going to be funded by a pro-economic growth tax policy that collects from hard-working, self-starting entrepreneurs working in a 3+ percent growth economy or by generations of young living with their parents and working retail and fast food if they have a job?
    One of these outcomes is a ponzi scheme that can get the boomers if not their younger benefactors over the finish line in style and the other is a disaster,

  • Corlyss

    Right. Even without the dementia sword hanging over Boomers et al. they are still sicker and use more medical facilities than other demos except kids. No amount of Obamacare or judicious cost cutting or fraud management is going to change that. As long as western nations are eldercare institutions first and foremost, everything else in those societies will suffer. How did we come to this pass?

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