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  1. #1 Flickering Light Treatment Holds Promise for Alzheimer's 
    PORCUS STAPHUS ADMIN Rockntractor's Avatar
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    New research demonstrates that, in mice whose brains are under attack by Alzheimer's dementia, exposure to lights that flicker at a precise frequency can right the brain's faulty signaling and energize its immune cells to fight off the disease.Light therapy for Alzheimer's is miles from being ready to treat patients -- even those with the earliest signs of the disease. But the new research has already prompted creation of a start-up company -- Cognito Therapeutics Inc. -- to approach the Food and Drug Administration about clinical trials, and to explore ways to deliver precisely calibrated flickers of light to human research subjects.
    Even if the new research does not yield a treatment for Alzheimer's, it is expected to deepen understanding of a key player in the disease -- the brain's dedicated immune system -- and point to ways it can be used to fight the disease. In 2016, 5.4 million Americans are believed to have Alzheimer's, which causes progressive loss of memory and cognitive function.

    How do you know if your mouse has Alzheimer's?
    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
    Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
    Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
    21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
    And clever in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21 NASB

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    Very interesting. I hope they come up with something soon. There are so many baby boomers out there that could fall to the Alzheimer's scourge. Have dealt with it twice and it's horrible for the folks suffering from the disease and for the caregivers.

    A good question--how do you know if your mouse has Alzheimer's?

    I think a clue would be a little schnauzer dog named Schnapps. He was a fierce little dog, a scamp, a love and a pain in the butt all at the same time. But toward the end he'd just go into a room and haul in any piece of paper he could find and shred it. Then he'd bark incessantly, because it was like he couldn't find his way out of the room. Poor little thing could no longer reason.

    " To the world you are just one more person, but to a rescued pet, you are the world."

    A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!"

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    eeeevil Sith Admin SarasotaRepub's Avatar
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    Interesting ideas...
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    Really need to be cautious, that's what triggers some epileptic episodes.
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    It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
    A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Gandhi
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