New type of scan may lead to Alzheimer's treatment drugs

Scientists have developed a rapid screening system that may lead to the prevention or delay of Alzheimer's disease.

The new system can screen for compounds inhibiting one of the processes that takes place during the progression of Alzheimer's.

New type of scan may lead to Alzheimer's treatment drugs In other words, scientists are using this new technique in an attempt to grasp at the cause of the debilitating disease.

Dr Ian Macreadie said the scan showed folate may be beneficial for Alzheimer's sufferers. Folate is found in foods such as leafy green vegetables and liver.

Another possible benefit for Alzheimer's care came from a screen of certain yeast spices.

"The significance of this development is that the yeast trial we developed could lead to the discovery of new agents which may prove useful in preventing or delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease," said Macreadie.

Anyone who suspects they or a loved one may have memory problems should get a test since early detection is currently one of the best ways to fight the disease.

An estimated 5.2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2030, it's estimated the number of individuals aged 65 and older with the disease will reach 7.7 million.

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