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Date:7/7/2009

rate at which healthy neurons become overloaded with calcium.

"Humans are born able to manufacture their own calcium-binding proteins but we gradually stop producing them at about age 40, and that's when our neurons start to weaken and we begin to experience mild memory loss," says Underwood. "Those with Alzheimer's apparently stop producing these proteins at a faster rate so their cognitive impairment occurs with greater velocity."

Underwood says he is confident that a drug for Alzheimer's can be developed incorporating the jellyfish calcium-binding protein.

"We have shown that normal adults can improve their memory, focus, and concentration by lowering their neuronal calcium," says Underwood. "We are very optimistic that the same compound can now be tested on Alzheimer's patients to assess their level of cognitive improvement."

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