Alzheimer's is the forgetting: those affected are mentally reduced, until they do not recognize even more relatives. But researchers now found perhaps the first immune woman.
A 70-year-old has no Alzheimer's: Fortunately, not an isolated case. But the case of a Columbian woman is something very special: her extensive family has been developing Alzheimer's for generations between the ages of 40 and 50 – the most common dementia disease worldwide. The widely branched extended family with around 6,000 relatives is therefore a very interesting research object for physicians.
Resistant to Alzheimer's: Woman gives up puzzles
For generations, a family clan from the Medellin region in Colombia has been struggling with a dreaded disease: Alzheimer's disease. This form of dementia often begins insidiously, those affected increasingly forget things, But it does not stop there, the mental degradation progresses in the course, more and more acquired in the course of life skills are lost, long-term and short-term memory dwindle until dementia patients in the final stage can remember anything and no longer recognize even close relatives ,
Feverish scientists are researching how dementia can be stopped. If the disease has just broken out, the course can be delayed by medication, but a cure is still not possible. However, the case of a Colombian woman is currently bringing movement into the field of researchThus, at the age of more than 70, she is still spared the illness that has befallen her entire family for decades. The woman encountered a research team led by Joseph Arbodela-Velasquez at Harvard Medical School when they examined 1,200 clan members, the Focus reported.
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Body's own Alzheimer's protection can open door for new therapies
The scientists found mutant PSEN1 in all family members who are causing the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Although the woman with immunity presented the same gene change, she did not become ill. Responsible for the resistance, the researchers make another gene mutation: The so-called APOE3 variant, also Christchurch mutation.
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Although more studies are needed to understand how the body's own dementia protection works exactly. But even now, the discovery of the Alzheimer's protective gene mutation is a milestone in dementia research, which could be the basis for brand new Alzheimer's therapies,
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