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Grantee in the News: Domenico Praticò on canola oil, memory, and Alz in LA Times and Scientific Reports

Dec 14
2017

Grantee in the News: Domenico Praticò on canola oil, memory, and Alz in LA Times and Scientific Reports View MoreBACK

 

On December 11, 2017, the LA Times spotlighted research by 1997 AFAR Research Grant and 1999 AFAR/Pfizer Innovations in Aging Research Award recipient Domenico Praticò, MD, originally published in Scientific Reports, linking canola oil to memory loss and severe progression of Alzheimer’s disease in a mice study.

The LA Times notes:

The mice, which were genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer's later in life, were split into two groups before developing any visible signs of the disease. One group was fed a typical diet while the other was fed the same diet with an additional serving of canola oil. The serving was equivalent to one to two tablespoons for a human.

After six months on the diet, mice that consumed canola oil were significantly heavier than the mice who did not. Additionally, the researchers found that the canola-consuming mice experienced significant declines in working memory, apparently having worsened the onset of their Alzheimer's. While foods like berries and salmon seem to stave off the disease, canola oil could be making it worse.

Read the original study, published in Nature.com’s Scientific Reports in December 7, 2017, here.

Read the full LA Times article here.



Domenico Praticò, MD is a Professor of Pharmacology and Microbiology and Immunology at the Center for Translational Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.





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