What Does Camels and Baboons Have to do With Alzheimer's Disease?
Posted Oct 03 2012 2:49am
I have got some very interesting
stuff to write about which I cannot wait to share with you. Living in the land
of the sun, surf and sand, I have a special affinity to camels. My heart
skipped a beat when I read that camel could help fight Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the
loss of brain function that gradually gets worse over time; it affects memory,
thinking and behavior. Now you might wonder what the camels have to do with this.
See here is the link scientists have found an entirely new class of antibodies discovered
from camelids which include the camels, dromedaries, llamas and alpacas.
These antibodies are able to
cross the blood- brain barrier, diffuse into the brain tissue and reach the
desired target. The specialty is that it does not need any kind of carrier to
carry it. These natural antibodies may be a ray of hope for those affected with
brain diseases that are poorly diagnosed and healed.
In a study which was unique
of its kind examined the relations between social network and Alzheimer’s
disease. The study found that having close friends and staying in contact with
family members offer a protective effect against the damaging effects of Alzheimer’s
Let us move on from camels to
baboons. Be it a human or a baboon it pays to have friends. By having a lively social network, you have better
health and longer life. In the baboon study scientists grouped three forms of
baboons, nice females, aloof females and loner females. Of the three groups the
loners were the ones who suffered higher stress levels.
The nice and aloof baboons
had better reproductive health and strong social bonds. The researchers end the
article by ending that being nice and friendly you can increase your social
circle which translates to long healthy life and you stand a better chance of
passing your genes. Above all you can save yourself from the much feared Alzheimer’s