Letters to the Editor, Alzheimer's, elections

Experimental drug may treat Alzheimer’s

Over 5 million people in the United States alone suffer from the deteriorating effects of Alz- heimer’s disease. The majority of people know someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

A major proponent to the onset of Alzheimer’s is the incorrect folding and buildup of a specific protein found in the brain: beta-amyloid. Accumulation of beta-amyloid forms plaques that reduce blood flow throughout the brain, suspending vital nutrients from nerve cells, leading to their death.

Scientists have synthesized a drug originally aimed to aid those suffering from the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage, yet early trials in mice showed positive results in reducing beta-amyloid buildup as well. Scientists believe the drug, 3K3A-APC, works by blocking nerve cells from synthesizing the enzyme, beta-secretase 1, which plays a role in the formation of beta-amyloid. Additional tests have shown the blocking of the beta-secretase 1 enzyme has led to a reduction in beta-amyloid plaques.

While 3K3A-APC is still in its experimental stages, research in mice and other animal models has shown promise in the early stages of Alzheimer’s before significant beta-amyloid buildup.

Darian Mohsenin

Los Altos


Senate must act to safeguard elections

Our elections are still vulnerable to foreign interference. On top of hours of public testimony pointing to President Donald Trump bribing Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election, the national security community has confirmed hostile foreign powers like Russia, China and Iran are already working to compromise our upcoming elections.

That’s why the Senate’s refusal to pass much-needed election security funding measures is simply unacceptable.

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed $600 million in election security funding for states to upgrade digital-only voting equipment with voter-verified paper ballots and other security measures that would safeguard election results from hacking and cyber attacks – which is something we should all agree needs to be prevented.

I’m urging my senators to follow the House’s lead and pass $600 million in election security funding for states before time runs out. Lawmakers are duty-bound to keep our democracy safe. The American people are counting on the Senate to do the right thing and stand up for our democracy.

James Patton

(No address given)

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