5.05.2005

Fish and Alzheimer's: The real red herring
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Is it time to fish or cut bait?

Can fish scale down onset of Alzheimer's?

Scientists in Wales are studying whether eating fatty acids found in dishes such as salmon and sardines can help postpone the start - and hold back the symptoms - of a dementia which affects hundreds of people, particularly the elderly, across Wales.

Previous studies have suggested a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, can reduce the risk of the onset of Alzheimer's disease, although this is not yet proven.

Now Professor John Harwood, leading the Cardiff University research, will investigate whether oily fish, including herring and mackerel, can actually help halt or slow Alzheimer's progression. The project, announced today, will be funded by the Alzheimer's Research Trust.



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