Friday, November 28, 2008

Fast food link to Alzeimers?

Wow - potentially powerful discovery with respect to Alzheimer's - this Swedish study bears watching.

Apparently mice who were fed fast food got conditions which can lead to Alzheimer's.

While the most advanced drugs have focused on removing clumps of beta amyloid protein that forms plaques in the brain, researchers are also now looking at therapies to address the toxic tangles caused by an abnormal build-up of the protein tau.

In her research, Akterin focused on a gene variant called apoE4, found in 15 to 20 percent of people and which is a known risk factor for Alzheimer's. The gene is involved in the transport of cholesterol.

She studied mice genetically engineered to mimic the effect of the variant gene in humans, and which were fed a diet rich in fat, sugar and cholesterol for nine months -- meals representing the nutritional content of fast food.

Those clever Swedes, always looking out for human issues ....

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