Alzheimer’s breakthrough

A breakthrough in tackling Alzheimer’s disease has been announced that may lead to a new generation of potent treatments. Scientists synthesised a compound that targets a key biological pathway essential to the development of the disease.m In tests on mouse and fruit fly animal models, the molecule reduced changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s by more than 50 per cent. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia which affects about 700,000 people in the UK, mostly over the age of 65. A range of drugs are currently available to alleviate symptoms but they do not halt the condition and can have serious side effects. The research was led by the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetic and although the work is at an early stage, the German researchers hope it will pave the way for more effective treatments. Click here for more

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