Alzheimer's disease

Group members : Céline, Eliot, Samuel, Bilal

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24142691

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Today, Alzheimer's affects over 400,000 persons of more than 65 years old and more particularly women (72%). It’s a real problem for our health and our society. This BBC article was written by James Gallagher on 19 September and deals with a protein called Tau, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In our first part, we are going to talk about what we know about the disease, and in our second part, what we’ve just discovered. In our third and last part, we are going to report what the researchers think of their work.
[Céline & Bilal]

One of the great problems with Alzheimer's disease is that the brain begins to die years before the first symptoms! And moreover, when they're detected, no scientist could say if the disease is Alzheimer's disease or just dementia before the patients' death.
So all the medical tests to find drugs to heal the disease can't be available because patients are already too infected to be saved by some new drugs.
And that's where the Tau protein is a great discovery in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. In fact, we will be able to identify the disease more quickly.
[Eliot & Céline]

When a patient suffers from Alzheimer's, neurons are killed by the disease. Two proteins called Tau and beta amyloid are suspected to be a cause of this phenomenon. Japanese scientists found a way to spot Tau. They used the positron emission tomography : they developed a chemical that binds to the protein, and then this could be seen on a 3D picture of the brain built by a scan. Experiments on mice and potentially sick people proved that this new technology can detect tau. Research is at an advanced stage: this is very positive because it will find the actual cause of the disease. This new technique allows the researchers to notice which regions of the brain are inducing brain cell death.
[Samuel & Eliot]

Then, several researchers have spoken about these developments. Dr. Makoto Higuchi thinks the new technology is reliable: it shows that tau and beta-amyloid cause neuronal death of the individual if they are not treated in time. Dr. Eric Karran (research director at "Alzheimer's Research UK") declares that this study can detect proteins which cause Alzheimer's and madness more easily. New drugs are designed to target the protein and eventually stop its development.
[Bilal & Samuel]

This is good news to learn that research is progressing. If this test can detect Alzheimer's, so that the remedy can be given to patients in time (and their retirement would be spared), that can only be a great thing. My grandfather is suffering from Alzheimer's; that’s why I hope this test will prove to be effective. Will they one day find a definitive solution to heal Alzheimer's disease ?
[Samuel & Bilal]

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Original text :

Today, Alzheimer affects over 400 000 persons of more than 65 years old and more particularly women (72%). It’s a real problem of health and society. The BBC article written by James Gallagher on the 19th of September deals with a protein called Tau, who is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In a first time, we are going to talk about what we knew about the disease, and in a second time, what we’ve just discovered. In a third time, we are going to report what the researchers think of their work.
[Céline & Bilal]

One of the great problems with Alzheimer's disease is that the brain begins to die years before the first symptom! And moreover, when they're detected, any scientist couldn't say if the disease is an Alzheimer's disease or just dementia before the patients' dying.
So all the medicals tests for drugs in order to heal can't be available because patients are already too much infected to be saved by some new drugs.
And that's where the Tau protein is a great bounce for Alzheimer's disease. In fact, we will be able to identify the disease.
[Eliot & Céline]

When a patient suffers from Alzheimer, neurons are killed by the disease. Two proteins called Tau and beta amyloid are suspected to be a cause of this phenomenon. The Japanese scientists found a way to spot Tau. They use the positron emission tomography : they developed a chemical that bind to the protein, and then that could be seen on a 3D picture of the brain built by a scan. Experiments on mice and potentially sick people proved that this new technology can detect tau. Research is an advanced stage: this is very positive because it will find the actual cause of the disease. This new technical allows the researchers to notice which regions of the brain are inducing brain cells death.
[Samuel & Eliot]

Then, several researchers have spoken about these developments. Dr. Makoto Higuchi thinks the new technology is reliable: it shows that tau and beta-amyloid cause neuronal death of the individual if they are not treated in time. Dr. Eric Karran (research director at "Alzheimer's Research UK") declares that this study can detect proteins cause Alzheimer and madness more easily. New drugs are designed to target the protein and eventually stop its development.
[Bilal & Samuel]

This is good news to learn that research is progressing. If this test can detect Alzheimer's, so that the remedy can be given to patients in time (and their retirement would be spared), that can only be a great thing. My grandfather has suffered from Alzheimer; that’s why I hope this test will prove to be effective. Will they one day to find a definitive solution to heal Alzheimer's disease ?
[Samuel & Bilal]

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