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Scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, acting like statins for the brain.
In experiments on worms, University of Cambridge researchers identified drugs which prevented the very first step towards brain cell death.
They now want to match up drugs with specific stages of the disease.
Experts said it was important to find out if these drugs could work safely in humans.
Statins are taken by people to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and the Cambridge research team says its work may have unearthed a potential “neurostatin” to ward off Alzheimer’s disease.
Genetically programmed worms
Rather than treating the symptoms of the disease, a neurostatin could be used as a preventative measure to stop the condition appearing in the first place.
To read more visit the BBC website
Unacceptably short 15-minute home care visits to elderly and disabled people are still plaguing the care system in England, a report suggests.
Research by Unison found “distressing” cases of care being compromised after surveying councils and care workers. Councils are not meant to schedule 15-minute visits for personal care, like help with washing, dressing or eating. But the union said its findings showed many were still doing just that despite repeated calls for longer visits.
Ministers have been demanding councils which are in charge of care services stop using the so-called “flying visits”.
Everycare is pleased that we have never done 15 minute calls as we have always believed you cannot deliver any form of quality care in that time.
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Huntington’s disease (formerly known as Huntington’s chorea) is an inherited condition causing progressive brain damage.
The cause of Huntington’s disease.
The disease is caused by a faulty gene, which causes a protein called huntingtin to be produced in the brain. This protein damages and ultimately kills off brain cells. As the disease progresses, it leads to depression and psychiatric problems, uncontrolled movement (from ‘chorea’ – the Greek word for dancing), problems with eating and swallowing, behaviour changes, memory loss and poor cognition.
Huntington’s Disease – Facts & figures
Around 12 people out of every 100,000 in the UK have Huntington’s. The disease affects both men and women and it’s possible to develop Huntington’s at any age. If symptoms develop before someone is 20 years old, the disease is referred to as Juvenile Huntington’s disease (JHD). Thankfully, this is pretty rare, representing only 5-10% of people affected with HD. Typically, most people who develop problems are diagnosed between the ages of 35 and 55 years old. The condition generally progresses for around 10-25 years.
To read more about this story visit the My Ageing Parent website.