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Scientists stop brain cells in mice from dying in potential Alzheimer’s treatment breakthrough

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A team of British scientists has released a major study that could represent a breakthrough in the treatment of human neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. 

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the team said that it had halted brain cell death in mice by using a drug-like compound that was injected into the animals’ stomachs through a mouth tube. 

The team induced a neurodegenerative disease caused by abnormal prion proteins — the nearest model of human disorders that can be found in animals — before treating one group with the compound. According to the study, the mice who were treated remained free of symptoms like memory loss, impaired reflexes, and limb dragging five weeks later. The treated mice also lived longer than the untreated mice.

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This undated file image provided by Merck & Co., shows a cross section of a normal brain, right, and one of a brain damaged by advanced Alzheimer’s disease. A dramatic shift is beginning in the disappointing struggle to find something to slow the damage of Alzheimer’s disease: The first U.S. experiments with “brain pacemakers” for Alzheimer’s are getting under way. Scientists are looking beyond drugs to implants in the hunt for much-needed new treatments. (AP/Merck & Co.)
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Daily To-Dos to Combat Dementia Risk

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Beyond exercise and healthy eating, there are plenty of things you can do while you’re younger to ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s have been on the rise. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that, as of last year, 5.4 million Americans were living with the disease — that’s one in eight seniors — and it’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. As rates go up, so too does the concern about our ability to care for growing numbers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Until a cure for Alzheimer’s is discovered, researchers emphasize precautions younger people can take now that may ward off or delay the chance of developing the disorder. From staying active to eating a healthy diet to just being social, there are a number of moves you can make to minimize your Alzheimer’s and dementia risk.

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