Thursday, March 16, 2006

new hope for Alzheimer's treatment

put my copyedited ms in the mail yesterday. my publisher just asked for a longer, more in-depth synopsis for the proposal i submitted last september. enough said about that, but excuse me while i roll my eyes. while taking a break from the synopsis i came across an interesting article. most families have been touched by Alzheimer's disease, and it sounds as if a treatment might be available in as little as three years.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have identified a key cause of memory loss in mice which they say could lead to new treatments to prevent and possibly reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease in humans. The culprit is a rare form of a common brain protein. The discovery is expected to hasten the search for Alzheimer's drugs because it now gives scientists a specific brain substance to target. The finding is published in the latest edition of the journal, Nature.

MPR article


Kelly Parra said...

So how much more in-depth we talking? 10 pages? Don't even say 20... I might have to fly to St.Paul to hold your hand. Torture!!

Jeff said...

Good luck with your longer, more "in-depth" synopsis, Anne.

Thank you for the link to the Alzheimer's article. We both know who I thought about when I read it. :)

anne frasier said...

kelly, lol! i wish i knew what in-depth meant!

jeff, thanks. yes, i thought of you when i came across that article.

Jer said...

I'm so fortunate that so far we haven't had Alzheimer's in our family, but at my age it's always a concern. So I was extremely pleased to read the article yesterday. Jer

emeraldcite said...

My wife's grandfather has it. Like puzzle pieces falling away.

It's very sad.