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Colds cause extra risk for Alzheimers patients

October 27, 2009
In flu season, doctors treating Alzheimer’s patients may need to take extra precautions in their ongoing medical care, based on findings this fall that catching colds or the flu could speed memory loss in those with Alzheimer’s.

A study at the University of South Hampton in Great Britain found that patients who had serious or chronic infections were more likely to have high blood levels of a protein involved in inflammation and to experience faster memory loss than people who did not have infections and lower levels of this protein.

The South Hampton study is another step in the ongoing research into Alzheimer’s, which affects more than 5 million people in the U.S.. That number is expected to climb to 11 to 16 million by the year 2050.

Such research is under way through several clinical trials involving patients at the Litwin-Zucker Research Center of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. One study, the Memantine Study MRS, evaluates brain chemistry with a type of imaging scan known as magnetic resonance spectroscopy or (MRS).

The center, established in 2004, focuses on the basis biology of the disease, while testing methods of treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19429962-ADNFCR
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