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    Re: 'Historic Breakthrough' in Alzheimer's Research

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    My stepmother had Alzheimer's, and was staying with my brother Greg. When one of my other brothers, Steve, went to visit her, he knocked on the door, and she answered. She then yelled "Greg, there is some man here to see you".
    It is an awful disease. I have known several people that had it. My grandmother actually sent me a birthday card 4 months early one year thinking it was my birthday. Truly heartbreaking.
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    Re: 'Historic Breakthrough' in Alzheimer's Research

    Great news. Scariest ****ing disease out there IMO.
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    Re: 'Historic Breakthrough' in Alzheimer's Research

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    My stepmother had Alzheimer's, and was staying with my brother Greg. When one of my other brothers, Steve, went to visit her, he knocked on the door, and she answered. She then yelled "Greg, there is some man here to see you".
    It's a terrible illness. The suffering gradually transfers from the patient to the relatives over time. She could no longer connect the little child she still remembered with the grown man in front of her. It seems like memories are vanishing from the filing cabinet, working back from the present.
    You can almost tell the progress of the illness by estimating the year the person is living in. Getting lost around the house you have lived in for thirty years, that sort of thing. Even if any practical application takes ten years to achieve, it's still a leap forward.
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    Re: 'Historic Breakthrough' in Alzheimer's Research

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    Yay for gubbermint-funded science! The Medical Research Council is a part of Britain's universal healthcare system. No big pharma "research" needed.

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    There is also the possibility that they are just pushing headlines and this "discovery" is dramatically overstated. Don't count your eggs before they hatch ;D

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    Re: 'Historic Breakthrough' in Alzheimer's Research

    Every step forward toward treating and eventually curing this horrific disease is a cause for celebration. I'm really quite excited by this news.

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    Re: 'Historic Breakthrough' in Alzheimer's Research

    This great news. My son in law's mother has this terrible sickness.
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    Re: 'Historic Breakthrough' in Alzheimer's Research

    Quote Originally Posted by ReformCollege View Post
    There is also the possibility that they are just pushing headlines and this "discovery" is dramatically overstated. Don't count your eggs before they hatch ;D
    Its not a possibility. Its a certainty. If I had a penny for every time a drug worked in a specific animal model target and failed spectacularly in humans, I'd be a wealthy man.

    For a better perspective on the science of this one and the severe limitations, not to mention the fact that actually getting a drug that works IF this is real will be roughly a decade long process, read my favorite medicinal chemists blog:

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