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Local research could mean progress for Alzheimer's sufferers

Anitra Mostacero is only in her 40's and a little more than four years ago she says she started forgetting things. (SBG Photo)

SAN ANTONIO -- Most of us think Alzheimer's disease is only something the elderly face. But that's not always the case.

Anitra Mostacero is only in her 40's and a little more than four years ago she says she started forgetting things.

At first doctors thought it was job stress or possibly from lack of sleep. However, after a year of testing they diagnosed the then Air Force Senior Master Sergeant with early onset Alzheimer's disease, which is a progressive brain disorder that damages and and eventually destroys brain cells.

Anitra is currently taking medication to try and slow the progression.

And now researchers at UTSA are trying to help. They believe they have discovered that in addition to sticky proteins called Amyloid Beta that have found other proteins in the grey matter of the brain of Alzheimer's sufferers. And the hope is with this discovery new medication and treatment may be uncovered.

According to the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, it's been ten years since a new drug was released to try and treat the disease.

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