Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Although a few years away, this could be great news for those early onset sufferers. Let's hope it pans out.

Finding that gamma interferon could suppress the PKR molecule and result in increased communication between neurons led the researchers to create a drug to inhibit the molecule. Kresimir Krnjevic, a professor emeritus in neurophysiology at McGil University and contributor to the study, told the Sun that this was the first time improved memory had been seen from the association between PKR and gamma interferon. According to the Sun, the team injected this inhibitor into mice stomachs with success, shedding positive light the potential for an ingestable drug.

The researchers say that a pill version for clinical trials of the suppressor is at least a few years away, depending on funding and lab research. Costa-Mattioli told the Sun that since even healthy people could take the pill and develop a “superhuman memory”, although that‘s not the research’s aim

In 2011, Alzheimer’s was named the sixth leading cause of death in the United States — the only one among the top 10 that is not preventable — according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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