Sunday 11 December 2016

'Cure' talk leads to false hope

Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

Alzheimer's patient
Alzheimer's patient

Recent headlines saying research shows Alzheimer's disease could be prevented or cured by a new drug which reboots the immune system have been met with caution here.

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For the first time it emerged immune cells play a crucial role in the formation of sticky plaques which clump between brain cells, preventing them from functioning correctly.

Reacting to the news a spokeswoman for the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland said: "We must urge caution when it comes to talking about 'cures' as it can often lead to false hopes when treatments could be decades away from human trial.

"The potential of clinical research combined with focused policy action and public health interventions to address dementia could be remarkable."

The best way to maintain a healthy brain is to ensure a balanced diet, not smoke, keep mentally and physically active, and keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check.

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