Young Blood Infusion Recapitulates Folklore: Vampire Therapy for Dementia? (Telegraph / CTAD / JPAD)

Summary

A small trial to check the safety and tolerability of youthful blood infusions for the treatment or amelioration of Alzheimer’s Disease has detected early signs of improvement in activities of daily living. Randomly selected individuals from just 18 over-65 year olds with mild / moderate Alzheimer’s Disease were given four weekly infusions of plasma from young people (aged between 18 and 30 years).

The Plasma for Alzheimer’s Symptom Amelioration (PLASMA) trial, even at an early stage of the investigation, found participants – when receiving infusions of young persons’ plasma – showed statistically significant improvement in terms of greater ability to carry out daily activities (“such as remembering to take medicine, paying bills or preparing meals”), although there were apparently no changes in mood or cognition. These results were presented at the 10th Annual Clinical Trial on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) Conference in Boston. Further, larger-scale, developments of this trial are thought to be planned.

What these early findings may mean for mankind’s understanding of the workings of the human nervous system (and about the human condition more generally) is open to speculation.

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Reference

Knapton, S. (2017). ‘Vampire therapy’ helps Alzheimer’s patients pay bills and prepare meals again. The Telegraph. November 4th 2017.

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Reference

Sha, SJ. Deutsch, GK. [and] Tian, L. [et al] (2017). The Plasma for Alzheimer Symptom Amelioration (PLASMA) Study. (P32). In: 10th Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) November 1-4, 2017. Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD). November 2017, Vol.4(4). Supplement. p.337.

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Deutsch, GK. Tian, L. [and] Richardson, K. [et al] (2017). The Plasma for Alzheimer Symptom Amelioration (PLASMA) Study. (LBP34). In: 10th Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) November 1-4, 2017. Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD). November 2017, Vol.4(4). Supplement. pp.404-5.

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