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In a study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that the production of a certain type of amyloid beta—plaque formed by pieces of protein that clump together—is higher in those who carry a mutation associated with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Amyloid beta 42 production was found to be about 20 percent higher in these individuals compared to family members who don’t have the mutation. Additionally, it appears to dissipate from cerebrospinal fluid faster than other types of amyloid beta, which researchers believe may be the result of deposits on the brain.
Previous studies have suggested a connection between the development of Alzheimer’s and plaque resulting from amyloid beta 42. These findings and the suggestion that amyloid beta’s disappearance from the cerebrospinal fluid could be an indicator of plague buildup in the brain may lead to a means of detecting risk for early onset Alzheimer’s.
In addition, with amyloid beta 42 being the identifiable type of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s, it could also be a factor in any future drug trials.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Social Security Disability
Currently, there are more than five million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with this form of Alzheimer’s. Early onset Alzheimer’s strikes those who are under the age of 65. Many of whom are still in their working years. If they become disabled as a result of the debilitating symptoms associated with the disease, they may be unable to sustain gainful employment.
Whenever a disabling medical condition prevents someone from working, Social Security disability benefits could be available. For assistance filing an application for disability benefits, contact the Disability Help Group. We can help with an initial filing or a denied application.