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An existing drug already used to treat leukemia has shown promise as a treatment for neurological diseases such as Lewy body dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers from Georgetown University successfully used small doses of the drug nilotinibin in experiments using mice. This drug, which is used to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), appears to eliminate abnormal protein build-up in the brain.
An article on FoxNews.com reported that the researchers targeted the alpha-Synuclein and tau proteins, which have been previously implicated in the development of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease, Lewy body dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions.
Lead study author Dr. Charbel E-H Moussa, head of the neuroscience department at Georgetown University, explained, “In degenerative diseases these proteins accumulate and kill the cell. The...
Carotid artery surgery is a procedure to restore proper blood flow to the brain.
The carotid artery brings needed blood to your brain and face. You have one of these arteries on each side of your neck. Blood flow in this artery can become partly or totally blocked by fatty material called plaque. Such a blockage can reduce the blood supply to your brain and may cause a stroke.
There are two invasive ways to treat a carotid artery that has plaque buildup in it. This article focuses on a surgery called endarterectomy.
For more information on the other procedure, see: Angioplasty with stent placement .
Carotid endarterectomy; CAS surgery; Carotid artery stenosis - surgery; Endarterectomy - carotid artery
During carotid endarterectomy:
You will probably receive general anesthesia . This will make you unconscious and unable to feel pain. Some hospitals may use local anesthesia instead. Only the part of ...
Since I knew almost nothing about peripheral arterial disease (PAD) , I jumped at the chance to talk with Dr.
Michael Jaff a few days ago. He is the medical director of the Vascular
Diagnostic Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital and a
specialist in treating PAD . Diabetes often causes it, and it is so often undiagnosed that only about
one-fourth of the eight million people over 40 with PAD who have it know that they have this
complication. PAD develops when
the arteries in our legs become clogged with plaque -- fatty deposits
cholesterol -- and blood flow to the legs becomes blocked or limited.
Because those of us with diabetes have difficulty properly using the
glucose in our food, the buildup of glucose in our blood can cause a
change in our blood
vessels that can lead to these circulation problems.
PAD can also cause chronic
foot ulcers that can lead to amputations among people with diabetes. Those of us who have
diabetes are at greater risk for severe PAD and are...
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