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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, May 8, 2015

alzheimers news

this week there are two new drugs that may have promise
one is an epileptic drug that is a cousin to an old one
the old one is generic and is called
levetiracetem or the brand name of kappra

Image result for brivaracetam for alzheimer's
now a company is making a new one that is 10
times more potent than the old one
so lower doses can be used
its called brivaracetem

its in clinical studies for epilepsy use
but when given to mice with alzheimers disease
it completely reverses memory loss

over the next 5-10 years research studies on humans
will be done
to see if the same effect will happen in human treatments
Image result for p8 drug for alzheimer's
another drug is being developed that stops the production
of the bad stuff beta amyloid
its the stuff that present in alzheimers that is either the cause
or the end result of the process that occurs

the drug is called p8
it binds to the bad stuff and keeps it from being broken into
its parts which causes the accumulation of beta amyloid
by doing this it may prevent or slow down the accumulation
of the amyloid in the brain

unlike other new drugs that blocks enzymes this one doesnt
work that way
it just binds to the amyloid

in mice studies it has stopped the accumulation by 50%

it seems in all these studies on mice by so many drugs
that they slow down or stop alzheimers disease
wish it worked that well in humans

so in the mean time we are left with these things
mind or mediteranean diet
good control of weight blood pressure cholesterol diabetes
anxiety depression sleep problems
being active mentally and physically
avoid drug or alcohol abuse
be careful with drugs we use like antihistamines bladder drugs
sleeping pills etc
staying happy
Image result for grandparents babysit alzheimer's
as i found out
as a grandparent
moderate babysitting a grandbaby
reduces the incidence of alzheimers disease

now i like that last treatment a lot

the organicgreen doctor

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