Scientists identify new risk gene for Alzheimer's
Dr. David Samadi explains
- Duration 4:37
- Date Nov 17, 2012
Dr. David Samadi explains
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-- -- -- A possible medical breakthrough scientists identify a rare mutation in the gene.
That could significantly increase your risk for the most common form of alzheimer's disease.
What could this mean for patience.
-- doctor David somebody as a member of the Fox News medical -- team in chief the division of robotics at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center he's here or shed some light on this mutation so it's getting now down to the genes were were actually able to determine.
What might be a marker.
For someone to have alzheimer's.
Yes Kelly actually if you look at like all the top civic cover.
Especially on Saturdays Cymer.
Happens to be one of the most common topics that we have reviewed here that's because there's a lot of research going on and we're getting closer and closer.
Two possible cure were not quite there yet.
Now as you know last time there is a very common.
Disease every family has one member who for some reason has -- -- -- permanently lose their memory they forget where they are.
They may not come back to this is affecting all of us across over five million people have -- -- over a 170 billion.
Yes -- your question is if you look at the last two decades.
We've gone from understanding that this is a reality.
To really understanding on the -- -- that there aren't on MR rising cats is they're lesions on the white matter of the brain that could be causing this.
We had a segment and not too long ago we talk about beta amyloid.
These are plaques that kind of block -- -- to go for one side of the brain to another one so they -- start talking and they're thinking you know some.
You forget so we've come a long way and now we're getting closer and closer.
To -- secrets and the according to -- what they're finding out the British scientists.
That have to look at it over 2000 patients and looking at their genes.
They have -- we've -- new finding called TE REN two.
Trend to is in new gene that a lot of pitches without Simon have it and what he does it's very interest and as we think and as we get older there's a lot of it's sells almost like creating ladies at have to go around short a clean -- these degrees this gene is responsible.
For those cells called -- good yourselves to clean up if you don't cleanup you're gonna get those plaques and therefore you gonna get -- -- -- Why this is important -- Is now the -- companies.
Because we -- to send his team became create something to push thirteen.
We're trying to interfere with this whole system to cure some are very very exciting so that's -- that's a potential -- -- because if you can determine that marker that -- genetic mutation.
Could you possibly prevent alzheimer's from taking place and that pace or at least slowing down slowing which is which is a great new so we basically going from microscopic.
To microscopic level unknown to gene level so this is a huge advancement in this field and of course is more more study needs to be done.
If we understand the genetic part of this we can break the code and really the couple millions and millions of people out there yeah I and you pointed out.
Rightly so how alzheimer's -- such a dreadful thing because it it takes away your cognitive skills and your memory you lose some of the most precious things you've ever had in life and that's your memories but a lot of people called the long goodbye because it's so hard for families.
To see the that the regression or that -- the loss of memory.
He had this is the devastating part of it is that Alzheimer not only just affect.
Those patients who don't really know what goes on but everyone in their family and surrounding them and so this is really.
-- -- who would be the cure for the entire family and for them to watch seeing one of their brother of the grand parents grandmother grandfather.
To go through this it's a very very painful process so I'm I'm really excited about this and every time we're bringing this news this was actually came up this week.
We're getting closer and closer so that's the beauty of science -- and that's what they love it love it.
And you know I love any physician that treats -- patient and the family because it is a -- effort after so thank you.
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