Simple Aspirin Could Slow Dementia

Simple Aspirin Could Slow Dementia

Scientists at the Rush University Medical Centre may have found an answer to the problem of the build-up of amyloid plaques that are a likely cause of dementia. Studies in mice have found that by giving doses of aspirin, it 'boosts a chemical that helps clean cells - including neurons - of debris such as the amyloid beta linked to dementia'.

Many studies have already found a link to the accumulation of these proteins that gradually affect memory, one of the key symptoms of the widespread disease. No cure has yet been found but it is thought the plaque build-up and anything that has an impact on this could be a major breakthrough in the race to find a solution to the illness that affects over 50 million people worldwide.

The inexpensive drug is already taken by people to reduce their risk of developing dementia as it is already known to reduce inflammation, something that often triggers life-threatening illnesses.

Alzheimer's Research UK, Head of Research, Dr Sara Imarisio stated that:

'Aspirin is a commonly taken medicine for a number of health conditions, but there has been little research to examine potential benefits for Alzheimer's Disease.'

'The study reveals important insights into the mechanisms though which aspirin may impact brain health, however this is a small study in mice so it's too early to draw conclusions about whether aspirin could be used to treat Alzheimer's in people'

Article taken from: mailonline, 2 July 2018. to view full article go to:


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