#1 Alzheimer’s treatment breakthrough: British scientists pave way for simple pill to cure disease by Rev 10.10.2013 20:35

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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

Charlie Cooper Thursday 10 October 2013

Scientists have hailed an historic “turning point” in the search for a medicine that could beat Alzheimer's disease, after a drug-like compound was used to halt brain cell death in mice for the first time.

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.

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#2 RE: Alzheimer’s treatment breakthrough: British scientists pave way for simple pill to cure disease by algernonpj 11.10.2013 08:15

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This is an interesting approach to two terrible diseases. I wonder if they will be able to get past the side effects and make it to human trials.

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