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New Treatment of Alzheimer’s Brings Rapid Results

womanAn innovative approach to treatment of Alzheimer’s disease appears to stimulate rapid improvements in language abilities.

The immune-based approach is presented in a video accompanying the research, and is published in the open access journal BMC Neurology.

The video documents rapid language improvement within minutes of using this new treatment.

Building on previous work by the same authors, published in BioMed Central’s Journal of Neuroinflammation, this study focuses on the effect of the anti-tumor necrosis factor–alpha (TNF-alpha) drug, etanercept, on measures of verbal ability.

TNF-alpha, a critical component of the brain’s immune system, normally finely regulates the transmission of neural impulses in the brain. The authors hypothesize that elevated levels of TNF-alpha in Alzheimer’s disease interfere with this regulation. To reduce elevated TNF-alpha, the authors utilized a unique perispinal delivery method to administer etanercept.

The new BMC Neurology article provides preliminary evidence that the disrupted neural communication seen in Alzheimer’s disease may be reversible.

According to the lead author of the study, Edward Tobinick, “There are limitations to the data presented; the clinical trial was open label, and not controlled. These caveats notwithstanding, the scientific rationale for the further investigation of anti-TNF-alpha treatment of Alzheimer’s disease is compelling.

In addition, family members, independent neurologists, and other independent observers have confirmed the clinical, cognitive, and behavioral improvement noted”.

Disruption of language function, such as the ability to find words, is a common symptom in advancing Alzheimer’s disease, and this BMC Neurology article is one of the first to suggest the possibility of a new therapeutic approach that may address these symptoms.

Source: BioMed Central

New Treatment of Alzheimer’s Brings Rapid Results

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). New Treatment of Alzheimer’s Brings Rapid Results. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 20, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/07/21/new-treatment-of-alzheimers-brings-rapid-results/2636.html

 

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