Originally posted by sonhouse
The article claims the cost of treating alzheimers could cost 20 trillion in the year 2050, I suspect a typo, 20 billion may be more like it. But this new work seems to point to the liver as the cause, and if so an easy path to effective treatment.
Anyone see the Swedish movie 'A song for Martin'?
It says 'accumulated' costs between 2010-2050 - which is actually a 40 year period, and is probably an accurate guesstimation, given the personal family costs included with real medical costs. ( I read this article this morning with interest, too! )
What I don't quite get, is that the leader of the team said it was an 'unexpected' find. Given that they've only just been making observations, I would hazard a guess that it is not 'unexpected', but is a further development of standard theses and tests and has, therefore, only just been observed.
I can't say it surprises me. We all know the liver is the body's main filter, and as far as I know - please correct me if I am wrong - the brain doesn't have much of its own filtering system? If that is the case, and I hope I AM wrong, then the things which have been new introductions to our bodily system intake over recent years, artifactual, must test the liver beyond its currently developed capacities? If there are new oxidised molecules containing mixes of elements and proteins, the liver wont pick them up, will it?
They would further to enter the system as unprocessed, and eventually reach our endorphin ( lymphatic, opioid etc ) receptors to wreak havoc?
Purely speculative questions, as I am no biologist.