Mon, Nov 11th, 2013

New hope in Alzheimer’s treatment

DRUGS for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease before it even develops are being tested on patients for the first time.

Scientists are conducting a clinical trial into two new medications to see whether giving them to patients early can stop the disease before any symptoms show.

The treatments are both antibodies, gantenerumab and solanezumab, and work by removing the rogue toxic protein known as beta amyloid.We believe the diverse portfolio of drugs and approaches of the trial will accelerate the discovery of an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s, Prof Randall Bateman.

These form destructive plaques which destroy the brain and lead to memory loss and eventually death.

Many experts are now convinced that the way to beat Alzheimer’s is to stop this trail of destruction in its tracks before it has time to develop.

The trial is led by Prof Randall Bateman, a neurologist at the University of Washington.

Prof Bateman said: “We believe the diverse portfolio of drugs and approaches of the trial will accelerate the discovery of an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s.”

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source: www.express.co.uk

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