Scientists Claim Finding Key In Stopping Alzheimer’s

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British scientists say they have found the key to stopping Alzheimer’s disease in the early stages.

The study at Cambridge University could lead to a “statin-like” drug that could be prescribed to stop dementia.

The scientists found a naturally occurring molecule that slows down the formation of plaque in the brain.  The plaques are closely connected to memory loss and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

“This is the starting point for finding a drug that stops Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks. It might be used when the first symptoms appear. But another potential approach is that people would take it as a preventative drug,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Samuel Cohen.

The molecules that slow the plaque are Brichos, a family of proteins that naturally exist in human lungs.  Testing in mice showed the molecules stick to fibrils and stop them from forming more plaques.

“There may well be lots of other molecules like this – we just have not been looking until now because it was not clear what to look for,” Dr. Cohen said.

“People could take them in their 60s to stop these proteins grouping together, well before the symptoms appear, which would reduce the risk of developing the devastating effects of this disease.”

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