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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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Friday, February 14, 2020

alzheimers news-would you take it before you had symptoms

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my answer which i didnt even hesitate when i answered was you betcha

when i turned 50 years old in 2000 had i had an amyvid pet scan for amyloid in the brain and had my drug biogen aducanumab been available i wouldnt have hesitated one iota to say
give to me now

my guess is that my scan would have been positive back then
if 2000 was 2020 i would have a chance to start taking a new drug called ban2401 thats made by yes you guessed it biogen who is making my drug aducanumab

this drug works similar but different than aducanumab
it also binds to the amyloid protein and the body removes the amyloid from the brain

as of right now aducanumab is not being used in these studies in folks over 50 who dont have symptoms yet but who have postive amyvid pet scans and or positive spinal fluid for abnormal levels of amyloid
biogen ban2401 is starting up studies on these folks who are what we called prealzheimers ie they have no symptoms but have positive scans

i was prealzheimers at 50
my guess is my younger brother nad my mother were also
my guess is many of you who are destined to get alzheimers will fall into that category

in 2000 i would have definitely signed up for this study
i knew with my family history it was just a matter of time
it is with many of you

this study will be on 9000 folks scattered over 70 sites in the us
it is accessible to most of you

in california its at usc and ucla and other alzheimers center sites here

now biogen ban2401 is also being studied in folks with symptoms
you can go to clinical trials.gov at this link to find those sites near you that are treating folks with early symptoms

this newest study called ahead 3-45 is for those who dont have symptoms yet

my guess is that it will turn out to be just as good as aducanumab but the studies will prove whether it is or not

for those who have asked me about whether they qualify for aducanumab
no its closed for now
the ban2401 studies for folks who do have early symptoms are signing people up now
click here for more info

the ban2401 studies for folks who dont have symptoms yet called ahead 3-45 are signing people up now
click here on the usc link for more info on these studies or here at the apt webstudy site

this approach treating folks before they develop symptoms will be the way we will slow down or prevent the disease

the potential benefit i may get personally from being in the aducanumab study if this stuff works will have been worth all it took to get through the study

the organicgreen doctor

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