New hope on the Alzheimer’s front
Posted: 16 December 2011 04:23 AM   [ Ignore ]
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There is a new compound that appears to stop the progression of the disease in its tracts.  True, so far its only in lab animals but it is promising.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111214162108.htm

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Posted: 16 December 2011 10:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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A long way to go, certainly, but always inspiring to see scentists working on multiple approaches to a complex and so far intractable problem.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 11:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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A scary disease indeed. I first heard about it when researching for a paper on an admiral. I wrote to a fellow officer and his wife replied that he had recently died of Althzeimer’s. This was in the early 80’s. Since then a friend contracted the disease, and he had just turned 50. Those of us in our 60’s await the outcome with baited breath!


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Posted: 16 December 2011 12:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Its good to see a step forward, but are the results valid and useful in humans?  Primate science research is getting more opposition.

The Indepentent UK: New EU rules on animal testing ban use of apes (Sunday 12 September 2010)

Scientific American: Ban Chimp Testing

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Posted: 27 December 2011 04:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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deros - 16 December 2011 04:23 AM

There is a new compound that appears to stop the progression of the disease in its tracts.  True, so far its only in lab animals but it is promising.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111214162108.htm

I hope I can remember the J147 drug, should the time come.  Meanwhile, maybe just eat lots of curry dishes?

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Posted: 27 December 2011 07:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Bans on drug testing on primates means that much of the research will no longer be done in the U.S. and Europe, so China and India will probably become the major developers of new drugs. 

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Posted: 28 December 2011 02:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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That has some ironic symmetry, as curcumin is the source of J147.

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