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[GM]Cancer drug reverses Alzheimer's in mice

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Studies of the anticancer drug bexarotene have shown that, in mice, the drug quickly reverses the physiological, cognitive, and memory deficits which are characteristic of Alzheimer's. More than half of the amyloid beta plaques associated with Alzheimer's were cleared from the brain within hours, and normal behavioral patterns which had been blocked by the plaques were restored within 72 hours.
http://www.gizmag.com/alzheimers-cancer-drug/21455/
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edit: more source...
http://case.edu/medicus/breakingnews/bexarotene.html
Edited by nub - 2/15/12 at 6:43pm
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Sad that this won't be around soon enough to save my grandmother. That's if it even does end up being a cure.

Such a terrible disease. It pretty much destroyed my opinion of my grandmother. I'm not sure whether to believe that she was telling lies or her screwed up brain was feeding her false memories.
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That's funny, i was just researching a similar cancer drug that was also tested on mice for Alzheimer effects just the other day! If i could only remember the name....
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Source?

was posting source as you posted that biggrin.gif
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That's funny, i was just researching a similar cancer drug that was also tested on mice for Alzheimer effects just the other day! If i could only remember the name....

Oh, turns out i didn't research it, i heard it on NPR last friday (10th). It also turns out that it was the same drug...
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2012/02/08/science.1217697

Edit: The results seemed very significant. However, the effects on humans is still not known and it will have to pass years of clinical trials before the public will able to purchase it.
Edited by OCScrub - 2/15/12 at 6:47pm
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Planet of the Apes?
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So cool! Just today in class we were talking about how there is no cure for AD and that it's pretty down hill once someone is diagnosed with it.
    
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So cool! Just today in class we were talking about how there is no cure for AD and that it's pretty down hill once someone is diagnosed with it.

Oh what class?
Also is that caffeine in your avatar pic? lol
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Planet of the Apes?

Beat me to it. lol
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