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Early stage discoveries: Ginkgo biloba and Alzheimers

Doctors don’t know what causes Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but Chinese medicine has used ginkgo biloba to treat cognitive disorders for centuries.

In this study, doctors identified six proteins associated with AD that may have protective and preventive effects when networked with compounds in ginkgo biloba. In a computer-generated mathematics and statistical model, doctors integrated these proteins with compounds in ginkgo biloba and found several beneficial effects, including ginkgo biloba dissolving a particular protein called “tau,” before it could form into the type of plaque found in AD. The results suggest a possible AD therapy using ginkgo biloba.

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