Wisconsin Researcher Seeks Veterans to Study Whether Fish Oil Delays Alzheimer’s Damage

Wisconsin Researcher Seeks Veterans to Study Whether Fish Oil Delays Alzheimer’s Damage
Researchers in Wisconsin are looking for veterans with a family history of Alzheimer's disease to determine whether fish oil can stop brain damage during the disorder's early stages. “We know fish oil has beneficial effects on heart health,” Dr. Cindy Carlsson, the trial's leading investigator and a researcher at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Madison, said in a press release. “There is some evidence to suggest it may help against Alzheimer’s disease brain changes, but this is not proven yet." Carlsson, who's also a geriatrics provider at Madison's William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, said veterans are at higher risk for Alzheimer's than the general population. Both men and women who served on active duty are more likely to suffer from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorders. They also generally have high cholesterol and are more prone to depression and other vascular-related health issues than their civilian counterparts. Researchers have zeroed in on some of the changes that occur in people’s lives which may boost their risk for Alzheimer's, and whether altering their lifestyle could reduce that risk. In the Phase 2/3 BRAVE-EPA study (NCT02719327), researchers will analyze whether taking a purified fish oil supplement — known as icosapent ethyl and available under the brand name, Vascepa — improves blood flow to the brain, t
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  1. Zachary Yim says:

    Will there be measurements of glucose uptake by magnetic resonance spectroscopy also. This appears to be more indicative of a real benefit. A parallel measurement of vascular health, like blood pressure would also be an indicator of how the fish oil improves blood flow to the brain. I believe, it cannot be somehow restricted to the brain while peripherally the blood flow is blocked.

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