Alzheimer's research funding now totals over $900 million. Could the race towards finding a cure be coming near to the finish line? As those with loved ones impacted by the disease watch and wait with bated breath, a variety of trials – some with greater success than others – seem to be pointing to a similar conclusion: rather than one silver bullet to cure Alzheimer’s, a combination of medications and lifestyle changes will likely be needed to win the battle.
Of particular interest, one of the latest studies that has results expected sometime this year is showing exciting results in lowering the brain's beta-amyloid levels – the protein thought to play a role in destroying the neuron. A study of vaccines is also underway, along with a trial to track changes in the brain as a preventative measure for those who are at heightened risk due to certain gene mutations, but who are not yet exhibiting symptoms.
The director of the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Ronald Petersen, said, “It’s a breathholding time for the field; I think the field is in so much of a need of some kind of positive indication that we are on the right track. I think we can have a little more optimism about drug trials that are coming down the road.”
Midnight Sun Home Care, as always, is keeping a finger on the pulse of Alzheimer’s developments, and as we await a cure, we’re here to help with Alzheimer’s disease management. Contact us at (907) 677-7890 if you need a partner in Alzheimer’s care.