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Alzheimer’s Clue

"A new study may help scientists unlock a medical mystery.  Researchers have found that rheumatoid arthritis patients seem to have protection from developing Alzheimer’s disease.  The scientific link between the two may help researchers develop a new treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Looking at pictures is just one way Bob and Donna Otten cope, after Bob was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease four years ago. While looking through old photos, Donna explained “It’ll help him recall what we saw, because he won’t remember the trip all that well.”

A new study from the University of Colorado may change that. “A protein that is released during rheumatoid arthritis into the blood seems to get into the brain and prevent Alzheimer’s disease from getting hold.” Dr. Huntington Potter, professor of Neurology at the University of Colorado told Ivanhoe.”

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