Jul. 21st, 2009

joreth: (Silent Bob Headbang)
Doctors May Be Able To Prevent Anaphylactic Shock

Simple summary: People who go into anaphylactic shock as a result of an allergy to a food, animal venom, and some medications may have extra high levels of a particular immune system hormone. Blocking that hormone results in a reduction of the severity of the attack in mice.

Interesting Fact: Acute food allergy is thought to affect 500,000 people in the UK, and is most common in children. Children are very likely to outgrow an allergy to milk, eggs, soy or wheat, but allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish or fish are less frequently outgrown.

Alzheimer's Disease Can Eventually Be Reversed With Stem Cells

For the first time, researchers in California have shown that mice with Alzheimer's can be injected with stem cells directly into the brain and REGAIN LOST MEMORY, and rebuilding damaged neurons!  6% of the stem cells actually turned into neurons with the rest turning into brain cells, which then secreted a protein that caused existing tissue to sprout new neuron connections!

Antibodies May Prevent Alzheimer's Disease Entirely

Injecting good antibodies into the bloodstream for other illnesses has shown a significant decrease in the risk of developing Alzheimer's by targeting plaques in the brain.  This study leads in the direction of eventually developing a vaccine to prevent Alzheimer's entirely, not to simply treat it when it occurs.  This study does not endorse a treatment at this time, but a large scale clinical study is currently underway thanks to this initial study


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