June 10, 2015

Startling New Discovery in the Fight Against Alzheimer’sHelping to manage Alzheimer’s symptoms for loved ones in St. Louis is something we take seriously at Continuum, and staying informed on the latest developments towards prevention and a cure is one of our top priorities. We recently learned that researchers were focusing on microglia cells and their potential to prevent Alzheimer’s plaques from forming. Already, however, a new twist towards unraveling the mysteries of Alzheimer’s has developed.

Utilizing a specific mouse model with the ability to develop Alzheimer’s disease, immune system abnormalities were studied, and it was discovered that a repressed immune system, rather than the previously determined amplified immune system, is in place for those with Alzheimer’s. According to Matthew Kan, the study’s first author, “It’s surprising, because [suppression of the immune system] is not what the field has been thinking is happening in Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dr. Carol Colton, the study’s senior author, notes, “We see this study opening the doors to thinking about Alzheimer’s in a completely different way, to break the stalemate of ideas in Alzheimer’s disease.” Read the full article from Alzheimer’s News Today, and keep an eye out for exciting new developments as this research progresses. For the entire study article in the Journal of Neuroscience, click here.

Stay tuned for further advances in battling Alzheimer’s disease! You can count on the senior care experts at Continuum to keep you abreast of updates as we learn of them, and also to provide the highest level of in-home dementia care in the St. Louis and St. Charles areas. With flexible services tailored to your family’s specific needs, we’re there for you every step of the way, from as little as two hours to full time, around-the-clock care. Download our home care services brochure to learn more, or call us any time at 314-863-9912 or 636-861-3336.