Study Sheds Light On What May Cause Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease devastates not just those who suffer from it, but also their family and loved ones, who watch helplessly as the condition takes its toll. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of Alzheimer's, however, is the question of its cause; why do some people get it, while others retain their mental faculties late in life?

A study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature suggests that the answer may be a protein previously thought to function only in fetuses, but which researchers now say may protect the brain later in life. The protein, called repressor element 1-silencing transcription factor (REST) appears to be lost in patients with Alzheimer's and other mild cognitive impairment. Here's The New York Times on the essential role this protein may play:

Before you start jumping for joy, thinking the secret to Alzheimer's has been unlocked, it's worth noting that these findings are preliminary. While diminished REST may lead to Alzheimer's, doctors still lack the ability to detect levels of the protein in living patients. Still, hope is on the horizon for anyone who may contract Alzheimer's in the future. Until then, you might want to reconsider your grain consumption.

Related Posts

Your article and new folder have been saved!