Academic journal article International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Alzheimer's Disease and Activity of Lipid Membrane

Academic journal article International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Alzheimer's Disease and Activity of Lipid Membrane

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Did you know that our brains consist of 70% fat, but to soften the blow of this realization, the scientific name "lipid" is used. Lipids can be found everywhere, from blood vessels to the thin protective layer, called a membrane, covering brain cells.

Studies have found the fat-transporting molecule called the apolipoprotein E helps protect against Alzheimer's disease (AD). In spite of this, lipids are commonly ignored in favor of investigations of proteins and the genes from which they derive.

New Medications for AD: Exelon joins Aricept and Cognex as the third medicine approved by the FDA (in April, 2000). Exelon like its predecessors, is not a cure, but can help with some of the symptoms of AD.

A new study in the April 22nd edition of the British Medical Journal found that in a population study of 50,000 British doctors, underway since 1951, states that smoking tends to contribute to the onset of AD. While the effect of smoking on AD is at most minor, the study is notable because it refutes a smaller, less statistically valid one that claimed that smoking may have a protective effect--an erroneous assumption. …

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