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Posted by Jack on August 18, 2000 at 18:48:31:

In Reply to: Re: Early screening for Alzheimer's posted by ap111 on August 18, 2000 at 16:37:32:

: : Hello, everyone. How are you all doing? I read about a study that said people with genetic risk have brains that work a lot harder than those people without genetic risk. MRI scans showed more blood flow--more effort--while doing memory exercises. Because the brains have to work harder, they age faster. But the scan can show this long before any Alzheimer symptoms begin. So early treatment can start and be more effective. I think it's great to have some progress made and exposed in Alzheimer's. Hopefully they can come up with a cure in the next few years.

: Hey there, Jack, thanks for the info. Do you know if this is a screening process that's put in practice now or is it in the study phase still? It'd be great to have an early warning. I know that there's no cure for Alzheimer's and drugs only make life more comfortable and not totally cured but one day I believe there will be a cure. Baby steps...

Hi, ap, no the report I read didn't mention if the method was being used widely as a screening tool just yet, it's a fairly recent bit of news. Yes, it's good that they have some kind of clue of onset. Hopefully they can find some way to clear the brain of this disease one day. We just have to be patient about all the research going on. They don't come up with answers really quickly. There's also another report of scientists devoloping ways to make neurons out of stem cells they clone from our own cells. That mean they can (eventually) come up with ways to rebuild what is lost in the brain or any other part of the nervous system. That can not only improve fight againt Alzheimer's but Parkinson's and paralysis. Given time they can even grow tissue for replacement or organs for transplants, all grown from the patients own cells so that there is no rejection. All good news.

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