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Keys to Fighting Alzheimer's: 2016 Research

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60% of 47.5 million people with dementia.

(Image via NYtimes)

Below are scientifically reported events that can help the general public and researchers understand the latest tools and methods to alleviate or combat the neurodegenerative disease that affects over 5 million Americans every year and 60% of 47.5 million people with dementia.

  • Using Anti-HIV Drugs Can Battle Alzheimer's
    Scientists at Case Western University, under the support in part by the Public Health Service Grant, mapped the allosteric site in Cholesterol Hydroxylase CYP46A1 for efavirenz, a drug used to treat HIV infections, that stimulates enzyme activity for the breakdown of cholesterol in the brain.
  • THC PROMOTES amyloid beta breakdown
    Scientists at the Salk Institute found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer's disease for its association with cellular inflammation and higher rates of neuron death.