Dementia is getting a lot of attention and a lot of research money but we still seem to be unable to make much progress.
But, here is a glimmer of hope...
In a study published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers say the woman, whose name they withheld to protect her privacy, has another mutation that has protected her from dementia even though her brain has developed a major neurological feature of Alzheimer’s disease.
This ultra rare mutation appears to help stave off the disease by minimizing the binding of a particular sugar compound to an important gene. That finding suggests that treatments could be developed to give other people that same protective mechanism.
I am so grateful for dedicated scientists who work on projects like this.