Alzheimer’s treatment breakthrough: British scientists pave way for simple pill to cure disease
Historic ‘turning point’ hailed as UK researchers discover how to halt death of brain cells, opening new pathway for future drug treatments
Although the prospect of a pill for Alzheimer's remains a long way off, the landmark British study provides a major new pathway for future drug treatments.
The compound works by blocking a faulty signal in brains affected by neurodegenerative diseases, which shuts down the production of essential proteins, leading to brain cells being unprotected and dying off.
It was tested in mice with prion disease - the best animal model of human neurodegenerative disorders - but scientists said they were confident the same principles would apply in a human brain with debilitating brain diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.
Researchers at the University of Florida have found that patients lose sense of smell in their left nostril faster than their right. Peanut butter was used as a 'pure odorant' in tests to determine loss of sense of smellPosted by Jill Fallon at October 10, 2013 6:29 PM | Permalink
Test subjects had all been diagnosed already, but the study revealed that one day smell may be used to detect early stages of Alzheimer's