The investigation of Alzheimer’s disease continues. From an herb or olive oil until a vaccine study.

The cure for Alzheimer’s disease still take time to be available. The current goals are to delay symptoms, quality of life given to the person concerned and as far as possible, to become a chronic disease.

Utility drugs

A key aspect to consider once diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease, is that the sooner treatment is applied, the more likely it is that the brain retains its skills and disease progress more slowly. It is known that the medication does not stop the disease, but it serves to slow its development and that the person concerned shall enjoy greater autonomy for longer and can keep doing many of their daily activities.

During the time that the drugs are effective, while the brain is very run down, get prevent the breakdown of a brain chemical: the acetyl choline , which is essential to keep thinking and memory. Other drugs prevent the substance called glutamate to accumulate too much, because that would cause neuronal damage. There are now more than ten new drugs being studied, and although there are hopes that improve current treatment, experts are cautious and remember that not all patients benefit equally.


Cognitive stimulation therapy

Should be applied along with timely medication, because they make many Alzheimer’s patients do not forget how to perform the most basic activities. When impairment is still mild, these are mainly used in day care centers attending to patients. Sometimes also teaches closest relatives.

Advances surprising

Polemic acid. It is the main component of olive oil and could help in the future to control diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s . In the Universities of Alicante Baleares and is being implemented to study the development of fatty acids that serve to prevent both conditions. Apparently the polemic acid can be used for the development and survival of neurons, this being of importance for Alzheimer’s disease, since they are exactly neurons which deteriorate.

A moss. Research conducted by the University of Chile try to discover the benefits of moss Pauperize in Alzheimer’s patients. This plant takes hundreds of years ago as a tea in China. This moss contains a substance (the alkaloid Huperzine A) that helps to balance the brain system and, in particular acetyl choline. The latter substance is needed to produce the passage of information between neurons. Apparently, if the patient is provided a concentrate of this plant, it could offset the lack of information between neurons that characterize Alzheimer’s disease.

Possibility of a vaccine

This is the great hope for many people, very few studies about its effectiveness and ensure that the risks do not outweigh its benefits. In this case it is attempted to inject the vaccine, the body itself is responsible for attacking the alkaloid plaques that accumulate in brain tissue. Currently experimenting with the vaccine, but nobody dares to give an approximate date that may be available.

Skin cells and neurons

It could be a revolutionary treatment. Scientists at Stanford University (California) managed to transform skin cells into neurons of mice. If you check that this advance could control Alzheimer’s, it would not be necessary to have stem cells but would be valid any cell (any part of the body).