Researcher urges probe into dementia surgery risk

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The possibility of developing dementia as a result of surgery needs to be urgently investigated, according to the head of the Department of Neurodegenerative Disease at the UCL Institute of Neurology in London.

Professor John Collinge told the journal, Nature, there are growing concerns that the proteins widely blamed for dementia can be transferred during some surgical procedures.

The disease may not develop for years, but certain types of surgery may provide the ‘seed’ for the disease.

“The risk may turn out to be minor,” he said, “but it needs to be investigated urgently.”

Prof. Collinge’s findings stem from events that occurred decades ago when some British children were treated with a growth hormone taken from dead donors. A number of those children died in their 30s, 40s and 50s from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

Subsequent experiments on mice have shown that the proteins widely believed responsible for Alzheimer’s can be transmitted.

Prof. Collinge stressed that Alzheimer’s was not contagious, however there was a risk that the harmful proteins could be spread through brain surgery and other rare procedures.

“We don’t know if any cases of Alzheimer’s disease are related to medical or surgical procedures, but in my view we should take a precautionary approach,” he said.

“With CAA (cerebral amyloid angiopathy) and probably with Alzheimer’s disease, there may be certain circumstances, though hopefully rare, that transmission of the pathology can occur.”

He said surgical procedures rather than blood transfusions posed the greater risk.

“Transfusion is not a major risk for me, I’m more concerned about neurosurgical instruments,” he said. “I think it’s important we do further research on this and develop new ways to remove these seeds, so any risk that is there is removed.”

Prof. Collinge urged further studies be conducted to examine any link between certain medical procedures and Alzheimer’s disease and to find ways to better decontaminate surgical instruments.

“No one should not have neurosurgery as a result of this,” he said. “But if we can avoid any transmission of CAA or Alzheimer’s disease we should do it, even if it’s only a handful of people who are at risk.”

Dr Rob Buckle, chief science officer at the Medical Research Council, which funded the study, said in a statement: “This study provides new insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying the role of amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease.

“However, these experiments were in mice predisposed to develop Alzheimer’s disease pathology and there is currently no evidence that AD can be transmitted between people.”

Do you take a keen interest in research that involves dementia? Is enough being done to investigate way to contain the disease?

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    Ted Wards
    18th Dec 2018
    10:02am
    I think the common link that we are not looking at with all these mysterious illnesses and their rapid increases is vaccines. Too much information around now about the chemicals they contain and how harmful they are and that they are ineffective and kill. Its not a coincidence that all these types of illnesses are on the rapid increase at the same time that "required" vaccines have more than trebbled.
    Rae
    18th Dec 2018
    11:34am
    Yes Ted certainly requires research. I also have doubts about fluoridation of water, toothpaste and 6 monthly cleaning treatments. we don't know the dosage this way.

    I used fluoride drops in my children bottles and they have great teeth. Limited sugary products as well and they had ample full fat dairy.

    I think that is a better way to go about controlling the dosage of what is a S6 toxin and known to affect and accumulate in brain tissue. In high doses it can lower IQ.
    musicveg
    18th Dec 2018
    1:47pm
    It is sad how many vaccines babies and children have these days, most organizations that question vaccines will be finding it harder to spread their news in the future. GreenMedInfo has already been banned from Pinterest for promoting news about vaccines.
    Rae
    18th Dec 2018
    6:54pm
    The biggest problem is if it is found that vaccines or fluoride is contributing then the one's who passed legislation will be in trouble as well as the chemical manufacturers. It's too big to ever expose.
    Allenmack
    18th Dec 2018
    10:23am
    My observation, although anecdotal, is it's the anesthesia that does the damage. It scrambles your marbles and for an older person they just can't get their dibs back in the bag.
    Rae
    18th Dec 2018
    11:37am
    A friend's husband has been placed in care after early onset dementia at 67. He underwent a 9 hour spinal operation 18 months ago and never fully recovered brain function. Could not even recognise his wife and became aggressive.
    Cheezil61
    18th Dec 2018
    1:01pm
    Agree with the theory re anaesthetic- it is not unusual for people (myself included after several ops since the age of 40) to lose memory/mental function, I've been told (by a doctor) can be up to 2yrs before it returns, but it doesn't always return to what it was before the anaesthetic in all cases!
    My doctor (who's now retired but was a surgeon) agreed & defended me when i refused to have colonoscopy or breast surgery (abnormalities found in mammogram). Consequences of this may not be good for me but i do not wish to 'risk' losing any more memory loss/brain deterioeation than what has already deteriorated, quite possibly (& even highly likely according to this doc) due to past anaesthetics.
    Triss
    18th Dec 2018
    5:33pm
    Yes, Allenmack, the husband of a friend of mine died from Alzheimer’s and his doctor told her that the Alzheimer’s was due to the operations her husband had had.
    Gem Girl
    18th Dec 2018
    10:50am
    I agree with you Allenmack. My mother was perfectly find at age 71 when she had cataract surgery which involved an anesthesia. Several weeks later we started to notice signs of dementia and within 12 months of the surgery she had full blown dementia. I always thought it was the anaesthetic that was to blame. Some say coincidence hhhmmmmm ???????
    KB
    18th Dec 2018
    11:29am
    My late father was the same. Also he had alcohol before surgery. Drinking alcohol prior to surgery was a major risk factor. I agree with you over anaesthetic . Maybe these professors should talk to people like us, No
    jackie
    18th Dec 2018
    11:05am
    Australian hospitals are not the most hygienic places. Toilets and bathrooms are not cleaned daily, bed sheets are not changed daily, floors are no longer cleaned daily nor entirely. The food served is not nutritious and handled poorly. It makes sense that the operating theatres would be the same. How many people come out sicker because they have caught something in one. Too many.
    Rae
    18th Dec 2018
    11:41am
    False death certificates don't help either jackie. My father dies from "superbugs" after breaking a hip at 89. The death certificate claimed lung cancer. He had asbestos cancer growing very slowly but it was so slow growing it would not have killed him.

    The figures are being fudged. He was also isolated in one hospital, moved to another and the bug was not disclosed and he was placed out of isolation into a 4 room ward until I told the Sister. Poor information procedures or cover up?
    Jennie
    18th Dec 2018
    1:15pm
    It IS a coincidence that all these types of illnesses are on the rapid increase at the same time that necessary vaccines have more than trebled.
    You are quoting opinion and not scientific fact.
    musicveg
    18th Dec 2018
    1:49pm
    Yes but the scientific "facts" are being adjusted to look like vaccines are working. The ingredients are very toxic and they are putting this into babies and children. Check out GreenMedInfo, they have thousands of pages of scientific research that is suppressed.
    Sundays
    18th Dec 2018
    3:03pm
    No one who grew up with kids who got polio, small Pox or whooping cough would wish the anguish on their worst enemy. Fortunately, mostly eradicated in the western world due to vaccination programs
    musicveg
    18th Dec 2018
    3:46pm
    Sundays, I appreciate your comment and it is what most people have been led to believe in but there really is no real evidence that vaccines actually stopped these diseases, if you did some research you would be surprised with what you find, but many of the articles are being lost in the system due to the internet police. Check out the GreenMedInfo site while you still can.
    Triss
    18th Dec 2018
    5:43pm
    I agree with Sunday’s. I had my daughter vaccinated for all the killer diseases and she’s fit and healthy. However I don’t know whether I’d be so confident nowadays. I don’t think I trust medical companies to be ethical, especially when they are making trillions of dollars, that’s when integrity flies out through the windows.
    Rosret
    18th Dec 2018
    5:55pm
    According to the statistics on longevity having a flu vaccination is one the the best things you can do.
    musicveg
    18th Dec 2018
    6:05pm
    Which statistics Rosret? Funded by who? Flu vaccines do not work, we never had them before and did alright.
    musicveg
    18th Dec 2018
    6:06pm
    Triss there are many unvaccinated children who are fit and healthy, never get sick and yet they have never been researched or documented.
    Rosret
    18th Dec 2018
    6:51pm
    musicveg - go to an old cemetery and have a look at the age of so many children. We are so lucky we have vaccinations. No polio, scarlet fever, german measles, smallpox, diphtheria, cholera, typhoid, mumps, TB, chickenpox ..... These diseases weren't just deadly they were a really horrible death.
    Rosret
    18th Dec 2018
    6:53pm
    Musicveg the reference you asked for: https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_pinker_the_secret_to_living_longer_may_be_your_social_life/transcript?language=en
    musicveg
    18th Dec 2018
    1:53pm
    Interesting to note some comments here that their relatives have got dementia after surgery, and many blame anesthetics, which could possible make sense, and they are looking to blame something else. If you go into surgery I would suggest you clean up your liver before you go, cut out eggs, dairy, pork, and reduce all other fats, drink lots of lemon juice and prepare your liver for the onslaught of chemicals.
    Sundays
    18th Dec 2018
    3:08pm
    I also think there is a link between constant URinary Tract Nfection in women and dementia. I asked a specialist and her view was untreated UTI can make people confused and those with dementia forgot to keep hydrated and tell doctors of their symptoms. I don’t know but relatives close to me who had dementia also suffered with UTI for many years prior
    musicveg
    18th Dec 2018
    3:43pm
    That makes sense Sundays, because acute dehydration makes the liver work overtime, it cannot flush out toxins and they end up finding their way to the brain. Most people are always slightly dehydrated depending on their diets. I just read an amazing book called Liver Rescue by Anthony William who explains it all and what you can do for your liver.
    Rosret
    18th Dec 2018
    5:52pm
    Sundays urinary tract infection in the elderly does mask itself by giving dementia symptoms. However the difference is that if you fix the UT infection the brain reverts to full functionality. Sadly nothing cures dementia.
    Rosret
    18th Dec 2018
    5:48pm
    Dementia, Alzheimer's etc is possibly incorrect labelling. My mother was warned almost a decade ago that anesthetics may have a detrimental effect on brain function in the elderly. It was a gamble between alleviating pain and the risk. Yes, it did impact on her cognitive ability however her final years were pain free.
    OnlyDaughter
    18th Dec 2018
    7:37pm
    Everyone appears to consider dementia has one illness, but it’s not. Whilst Alzheimer’s Disease is the most widely known, there are many others dementia diseases. Some forms of dementia have protein type bodies in the brain, such as Alzheimer’s, but there are others that are caused by physical brain damage, such as Vascular Dementia, which arises when the flow of blood to the brain is interrupted. There is also good old-fashioned senile decay, which is simply caused by brain shrinkage as the older brain shrinks (everyone’s brain starts to gradually shrink from 30 years of age onward).
    Anaesthesia has been known to be a contributor to permanent cognitive decline for eons in a few elderly patients, which is why many doctors try to defer surgery in older patients, unless it is really urgent.
    As far as the increase in certain diseases is concerned, humans now live a lot longer than they once did and we, in the western world, eat a western world diet of sugar, saturated fats, processed foods and foods that are grown with carcinogenic chemicals or GMO. Old age coupled with the western diet is a receipe for cancer, dementia and a myriad of degenerative diseases.
    I have investigated the claims made against vaccinations and their deleterious affect and there is absolutely no credible evidence whatsoever substantiate this. Without vaccinations, the mortality rate and brain damage amongst children would be horrendous. Many years ago, a little girl aged 4 years living opposite me,contracted Measles and this developed into a type of encephalitis, a known complication of Measles. This dear little girl’s brain was terribly damaged and she was left with major intellectual impairment.
    I noted the belief of the neuro-surgeon in the article, who believed Alzheimer’s proteins were transferred into patients’ brains by surgical instruments rather than blood. I don’t have the knowledge or ability to refute this, but I ask: given how prevalent Alzheimer’s Disease now is, how many of these people had brain surgery? Very few, I suspect.
    I also note, with great interest, the claim from The University of Queensland, that they have evidence that dementia proteins can be removed from the brain by non-invasive therapies and this is so promising that this therapy has now been moved to human trials in 10 patients. For all those sufferers of protein-involved dementia diseases, and their long-suffering carers, I really hope this therapy is the answer.
    Rosret
    19th Dec 2018
    11:58am
    Thanks OnlyDaughter - a well answered response.
    Jennie
    19th Dec 2018
    1:14pm
    "I have investigated the claims made against vaccinations and their deleterious affect and there is absolutely no credible evidence whatsoever substantiate this. Without vaccinations, the mortality rate and brain damage amongst children would be horrendous."

    You are absolutely correct OnlyDaughter. I too have researched this issue.
    Also homeopathic "vaccinations" are sheer quackery and hence dangerous. Water gives no cure/prevention to any disease!
    My maternal aunt died from TB aged 21 which she had for 7 years (in a TB sanitarium). My paternal aunt died from diphtheria aged 2. I knew children in school who had had polio and were in leg irons or a wheelchair.
    musicveg
    19th Dec 2018
    1:38pm
    Most of the research you are reading is one sided, have you any idea what toxic chemicals are in vaccinations? And as for homeopathy being dangerous, you are totally wrong, it is extremely safe, and if you understood how it works or even bothered to read about it, you would understand it is not a replacement for vaccinations rather an assistance for you body to cope with vaccinations when they are given. As for polio, it is an interesting story, 95% of people who contracted the virus did not get sick at all. The early vaccines were actually causing more cases of polio and continues to do so in many countries where there is lack of clean water and clean sanitation.Here is one article to read but there are many more research papers on this website: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/smoke-mirrors-and-disappearance-polio
    Jennie
    19th Dec 2018
    10:39pm
    musicveg
    I have studied extensively about homeopathy. It is water. Hence dangerous as it doen't treat anything and real medical assistance can be avoided by those who believe it can cure. Yes it can have a placebo effect and as such is safe. Water is safe to drink if clean. Children have died because their parents refused medical treatment with proven results.
    travelgirl
    19th Dec 2018
    10:01am
    The use of anaesthetics definitely has an effect on the brain as do many other drugs. The longer you are under anaesthetic the greater the damage.
    Emotional and physical shock can also have an effect on memory retention and confusion.
    Many people also find that eyesight degenerates with longer operations.
    vinradio
    20th Dec 2018
    11:33am
    Look up Spanish Flu, it killed millions, no flu vaccinations available then. Also why the decrease in diptheria, whooping cough measles and many other diseases, etc. after vaccinations available?
    Jennie
    20th Dec 2018
    12:52pm
    Yes, and smallpox.
    musicveg
    20th Dec 2018
    1:42pm
    Bad sanitation days and bad nutrition, lots of breathing in coal to keep warm too.


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