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Alzheimer's Mice Infected with Parasite Show Improvements
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 3:04 PM
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:

Weird! How did the researchers come to decide on trying this?

(Source: Public Library of Science) - Study results indicate that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii has some favorable effects on the pathogenesis and progression of a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.

Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite commonly hosted in cats and generally known for the potential complications it can cause for human pregnancies, suppressed the immune system.

Researchers led by Eun-Hee Shin of the Seoul National University College of Medicine found that this immune system suppression had positive effects on Alzheimer's disease mouse models, resulting in a significant decrease in the amount of b-amyloid plaque deposition, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, and better performance in behavior tests like a water maze.

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