Cure CJD

Heather Larson's experiences in helping find the cure for CJD

My prediction: There will be a drug. There will be a cure.

My prediction: There will be a drug. There will be a cure.

How about a dose of hope today? Here’s a great article about some really science-y stuff: 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130221084711.htm

So what is the takeaway from this? 

1. We are figuring out how this works. 

I repeat: WE ARE FIGURING OUT HOW THIS WORKS!!!!!!!!! 

I could hang out of my window right now with a megaphone and scream this all over Wichita right now. Eight years ago it was, “Prions just misfold and we don’t really know why.” Today in 2013, it’s this: 

Results from the study open new avenues for the regulation of the inflammatory reaction and provide new insights into the understanding of the biology of microglial cells, which play a leading role in the development and maintenance of this reaction.

Wow! 

2. Figuring it out means it can be treated. TREATMENT! There will be a drug, mark my words. We will get there. I believe. I always have. Welcome to the future. 

Dr Diego Gomez-Nicola adds: “We have been able to identify that this molecular system is active in human Alzheimer’s disease and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, pointing to this mechanism being universal for controlling microglial proliferation during neurodegeneration. By means of targeting CSF1R with selective inhibitors we have been able to delay the clinical symptoms of experimental prion disease, also preventing the loss of neurons.”

I think we can prevent a lot more than just the loss of neurons. Let’s prevent the loss of life. 

 

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February 28, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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