Comments for: Alzheimer’s treatment sees major setback Alzheimer’s treatment sees major setback The experimental drug looked promising after it kept Alzheimer's symptoms from worsening for a year in an earlier patient study. Read More Alzheimer’s treatment sees major setback Back to story → Guidelines for posting on bangordailynews.com The Bangor Daily News and the Bangor Publishing Co. encourage comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service. Keep it civil and stay on topic No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (see more): It should be noted this is not a comprehensive list. Don't insult one another or the subjects of BDN stories. You may be ticked off at what someone did or said, but you can explain that without resorting to name-calling or obscenity. 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E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your username and where you posted or saw the comment. That's about it: Stick to writing about the stories; be civil; be kind; enlighten your neighbors. And we'll keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards. Anonymous Too bad – Alzheimer’s is a nasty disease and it would be nice to find a way to kill it. Anonymous My SIL was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer and was given a prescription for Aricept. This was before she got on SSI and received Medicaid. The cost was so high that I looked into ordering it from Canada and Mexico. It would have cost pennies on the dollar. Later she was given Namenda along with it. Sad to say neither was effective in her particular case. We got licensed by the state and took care of her for the last 3 1/2 years of her life. I learned one thing from this ordeal and that is our patent laws are way behind the times when it comes to medicine. I found that we are the ONLY country that lets the demand dictate the costs of any medicine that is designed to help a particular disease. If you buy a prescription from Canada or Mexico you are told by US authorities that it isn’t made to the same standards as if it were made here. Supposedly they have more leeway in how much of the needed ingredient is to be used. It can vary as much as 15% and as such can be dangerous for any patient that needs a set amount n their system. I have to wonder why they tell us this. Most of the doctors in other countries prescribe the same medicines as we do here and we don’t hear if their patients are suffering more from this anomaly. No matter what happens in the future of finding a cure, I do know this. As in anything else, it will not be cheap. No one in congress is willing to buck the lobbyist for the drug companies patent laws so that we could receive a break. It is all about the Benjamin’s. Derek It is sad that you have to get licensed by the state to care for kin. Alykins http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20061006/marijuana-may-slow-alzheimers …from the lab of Kim Janda, PhD, director of the Worm Institute of Research and Medicine at Scripps Research Institute. “..these findings offer convincing evidence that THC possesses remarkable inhibitory qualities, especially when compared to [Alzheimer’s drugs] currently available to patients,” Janda says in a news release. “Although our study is far from final, it does show that there is a previously unrecognized molecular mechanism through which THC may directly affect the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.” Janda’s team found that THC blocks an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase, which speeds the formation of amyloid plaque in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s drugs Aricept and Cognex work by blocking acetylcholinesterase. When tested at double the concentration of THC, Aricept blocked plaque formation only 22% as well as THC, and Cognex blocked plaque formation only 7% as well as THC. ————————————————————————————– Cannabis remains the most widespread drug in use worldwide. Cannabis will probably remain the most widely used drug because the crop is easily grown in many different climates and requires no processing for use as drugs. That is textbook knowlegde: http://www.gale.cengage.com/pdf/samples/sp65756X.pdf Legalize. There is no reason Aunt Sally shouldn’t be able to grow marijuana in her garden for Grandma’s Alzheimer’s Disease or Uncle Bob’s glaucoma or her niece’s menstrual cramps! You can’t “OD” on weed, and there are dozens of ways other than smoking to consume it. Why do so many deny its usefulness?