Alzheimer’s Treatment Might Had Been in Our Face All Along for Decades

Alzheimer’s Treatment Might Had Been in Our Face All Along for Decades
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Medical researchers had been struggling for a long while to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But what if there was one all along that we all can purchase from the pharmacies of our own town?

Believe it or not, but that’s exactly what a new article posted on MedicalXpress.com claims: cures for the most common form of dementia might have been in our faces all along without us knowing it. And it’s not only one, there are two!

Two drugs that received approval decades ago could defeat Alzheimer’s

Combining two drugs could be the key, as they have shown promising results in counteracting Alzheimer’s-related brain damage in animal models. The two drugs are gemfibrozil, generally used for lowering cholesterol, and retinoic acid, meaning a vitamin A derivative.

The researchers found that the two meds will improve cognitive processes by starting to enforce astrocytes to reverse destructiveness. The amyloid-beta levels will instead be reduced in the brain.

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Dr. Sumita Raha, the first author of a paper that was published in Science Translational Medicine, declared as quoted by MedicalXpress.com:

From a therapeutic angle, these results suggest that low-dose [gemfibrozil and retinoic acid]
might be repurposed as a treatment for reducing the plaque burden and improving cognition,

Astrocytes are a type of glial cell that are implicated in the buildup of amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s disease.

There are plenty of factors that researchers believe they could lead to Alzheimer’s disease. One of them, according to a recent study, is the consumption of meals high in processed foods, as they’re connected to developing memory issues in an individual.

According to Healthline.com, since the heart and the head are closely related, heart disease can raise the risk of having to deal with Alzheimer’s as well.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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