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Senior Care in Rancho Bernardo Notes Alzheimer’s Disease News
Research on the causes of Alzheimer’s disease is notoriously slow and tedious. In many ways, this reflects the development of the disease itself—its symptoms often do not show up until ten to fifteen years after the first harmful proteins begin to build up. In another of the small but important steps along the road to battling Alzheimer’s disease, researchers recently found some promising results in a study focusing on a popular antidepressant.
Slowing Down Protein Production
Some elderly folks under senior care in Rancho Bernardo take the medication Celexa, an antidepressant, as part of their regular prescription routine. Suspecting that this drug could affect the beta-amyloid proteins that have taken the spotlight in Alzheimer’s research, they tested it on mice and then on younger adults. They found that it did indeed, at least in the short term, slow beta-amyloid production.
More Questions Ahead
Of course, it would be too simplistic to assume that a drug ingredient that could hinder beta-amyloid development would cure or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. But it would almost certainly be part of an eventual solution. In addition, scientists are concerned that the human body might quickly adjust itself to the effects of the drug and resume its previous rate of beta-amyloid production. Only long-term surveys will answer that concern.
Compassionate Senior Care in San Diego County
Although the going is slow, senior care in San Diego County continues to watch the progress of Alzheimer’s research with interest. Today, they find great joy in interacting with and caring for our seniors who suffer from the mysterious disease. Whether your elderly loved one is simply forgetting familiar things here and there or needs 24-hour supervision for the sake of safety, we look forward to serving you and your family with compassionate, expert care.
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