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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Up and Down 

We have some Very Good News and, of course, some Very Bad News.

It turns out that jacuzzi's are major vectors for Legionnaires Disease. The hot water provides not only ideal conditions for colony growth, but also steam and aerosols for easy introduction into the body. Plus, maintenance and disinfection are difficult. Bummer.

UW-Madison researchers have found that transthyretin, a protein which binds beta-amyloid proteins, seems to stop Alzheimer's progression. This is a totally novel direction for Alzheimer's research, and could lead not only to effective treatments, but also to better prediction and detection (defective transthyretin gene or under/overactivation?

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