British researchers develop drug that halts brain degeneration in mice
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October 16, 2013
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British researchers develop drug that halts brain degeneration in mice
In a new study, British researchers say they have developed a drug that stopped degenerative brain diseases in lab mice. The drug prevents brain cells from dying by targeting how the brain reacts to abnormally shaped proteins that are generated by the disease. However, the mice in the experiment had severe weight loss and raised blood sugar. While the results are encouraging, they are very preliminary; further research is needed to see if the intervention can be made safe and effective in people.

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Living with Alzheimer's and other dementias inspires Chicken Soup book
The Alzheimer’s Association is partnering with the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series to produce a book of essays about life with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. To create this book, we invite those living with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, caregivers, affected friends and family members to share their stories. Those interested in submitting a story can do so online through Oct. 23.
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