New breakthrough in treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Published 17 January 2014, 13:13 AEST

Australian scientists have discovered a link between Alzheimer's disease and anemia. Researchers believe that Alzheimer's can explain the cause of a treatment-resistant anemia. Now, they hope to find a way to treat this blood disease to improve the lives of patients with dementia.

Dr. Noel Fox of the Flory Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne said that his research on Alzheimer's has made new discoveries. He said that this discovery was not obtained through conventional methods of studying Alzheimer's disease, such as studying the brain.

When people talk about Alzheimer’s or dementia, they think of the head and the brain. Recent research has moved from the head to the blood. A lot of research has focused on finding a marker that can help us identify those who are at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Fox and his colleagues performed blood tests for iron levels on 1100 volunteers. They found that the hemoglobin of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease will decrease, and they believe that Alzheimer's disease is a major factor in the treatment of anemia.

He said that Alzheimer's may explain this anemia and hope their findings will enable them to discover new treatments for these two diseases.