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SOURCE: Harvard Health Publications
New targets for Alzheimer's disease research, including beta-amyloid protein, tau tangles, and inflammation, hold the possibility of preventing the ravages of this mind-stealing disease.
Boston MA (PRWEB) February 04, 2013
None of the current treatments for Alzheimer's can stop the disease or slow the process that leads to its theft of memory and personality. A new direction in Alzheimer’s research, highlighted in the February 2013 issue of the Harvard Women's Health Watch, may someday change that.
“For the past 20 or even 30 years we’ve been focused on treating the end stage of Alzheimer’s, and we must shift our paradigm to start thinking about prevention,” says Dr. Reisa Sperling, director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Sperling and other researchers are focusing on several approaches for early intervention, before Alzheimer's affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Three key areas include:
Until researchers identify effective ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, women (and men) can take charge of their memory and cognitive function by staying mentally and physically active. There is good evidence that exercising regularly—incorporating both aerobic activity and strength training—can help protect nerve cells. Social interaction is also helpful for protecting memory.
Read the full-length article: "New hope for Alzheimer’s"
Also in the February 2013 issue of the Harvard Women's Health Watch:
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