It’s been found that a gum disease, P. gingivalis, may be the cause of Alzheimer’s! Mice were given the gum disease-causing bacteria which in turn gave the mice a brain infection, the proteins amyloid and tau and damaged their brains in areas affected by Alzheimer’s. A drug company, which developed “molecules” that block this gum disease, gave this to the mice and it turned signs of disease around. A clinical trial will be given for this drug later this year. The drug has already passed safety tests in people and entered their brains – it improved those with Alzheimer’s. They now hope to develop a vaccine for P.gingivalis and Alzheimer’s!
This is a great article by By Debora MacKenzie and it offers yet another possibility in the race to find a cure and recover lost memory in Alzheimer's patients. To read Debora's article, follow this link:
I cared for Mom for seven years and learned so much from my experiences with her and Alzheimer's.