Four Alzheimer's genes to aid treatment options?

Posted on 04 April 2011

Scientists have identified four new genes that contribute to Alzheimer's disease and hope the findings will expand treatment options for those at risk, who may be paying for long term care.

Over 11,000 people with the condition took part in the study as well as many older people who exhibited no symptoms of dementia, according to the study published in journal Nature Genetics.

Authors of the research, which was conducted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, hope the findings will lead to the early detection of individuals who are predisposed to Alzheimer's, which could help them to be proactive and take action to stave off the condition.

Joseph Buxbaum, a researcher at the institute, said: "Follow up studies of the genes identified, to determine how they affect brain biochemistry, are now possible in our samples, and this can help us understand how the genes contribute to Alzheimer's disease."

This comes after news that Alzheimer's could potentially be treated with a low dose of insulin. Scientists at the University of Buffalo found that insulin suppressed four proteins in the blood, including beta amyloid - a hallmark of the condition.

Posted by Natalie Edwards



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