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  •  It depends on your perspective (11+ / 0-)

    IMHO looking for "a new drug" is just as fruitful of an approach as anything else.

    the bottom line is that it is fascinating that some of the basic biology underlying this disease is being unraveled, but   quite frankly no one has a freakin' clue how to develop a drug to correct the biological defect.

    Or to take any other approach, for that matter.

    But in a way, the drug development approach makes some sense - after all Big Pharma has (literally) millions of drug candidates sitting in their freezers - if an appropriate assay can be developed (right there, a big IF) they can start screening them robotically and (keep your fingers crossed) they might get a hit.

    But for now, I'm sticking with the medical marijuana.

    •  Or in picture form (4+ / 0-)

      scroll ~1/3rd of the way down for a  view of the aforementioned drug-screening robot

      (or not, it's not really all that impressive)

    •  No argument on spending some (7+ / 0-)

      for new development. My perspective developed from having been an RN since '77 and seeing a lot of drugs over prescribed, a lot of side effects and interactions, and way too much just plain stupid.

      We have gotten better in promoting lifestyle changes, but it always seems to be an afterthought. Like wise diet.  Nutrition is a huge factor in health, yet most physicians have very little instruction and rarely keep up.

      Given how many neurotoxins we now have in our lives, the unraveling needs to look at whether any of them trigger the genetic omission.

      You really believe this?

      quite frankly no one has a freakin' clue how to develop a drug to correct the biological defect.

      Or to take any other approach, for that matter.

      The situation for me is that until a drug might be developed, nothing should stop us from taking some simple, all purpose lifestyle changes to potentially slow down or stop the problem.

      Meanwhile, if/when the price of weed comes down, I sure would try some ;)

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:05:03 PM PDT

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    •  CO and WA will provide loads of data as to... (4+ / 0-)

      benefits of MJ. The statistical significance will be high as sample size is large.

      It is possible MJ helps with dementia. Alcoholism may go down but cheezit/goldfish sales will go up.

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