Alzheimer’s disease: why insulin is a new suspect

Johnson and Johnson recently announced that it was halting a clinical trial for a new Alzheimer’s drug after safety issues emerged. This latest failure adds to the dozens of large, costly clinical trials that have shown no effect in treating this devastating disease. The growing list of failures should give us pause for thought – have we got the causes of Alzheimer’s all wrong? In the first analysis of the disease, the …

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Beetroot: This superfood could protect against Alzheimer’s

New research suggests a compound in the vile root might protect against Alzheimer’s disease, which could be an acceptable reason to eat it despite its revolting flavour, texture, and general je ne sais quoi. “Our data suggest that betanin, a compound in beet extract, shows some promise as an inhibitor of certain chemical reactions in the brain that are involved in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr Li-June Ming, a …

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