Researchers revealed a new wonder treatment which could help Alzheimer’s patients. They hope to annihilate any neurodegenerative brain condition with this new drug. Back in 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team managed to stop an animal’s brain cells from dying for the first time. Unfortunately, the compound used for the study was not appropriate for people, causing organ damage.
The pace of dementia could be slowed down due to this wonder treatment
Recently, specialists have discovered two new drugs which should indicate the same effect of protection the human brain. These treatments are already used by some people. Prof. Giovanna Mallucci, from the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester, stated that she is extremely happy to see that people who needed this type of support are finally able to use it. She announced that she would soon start some medical trials on dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.
Mallucci expects to find out whether this wonder treatment works within 2 to 3 years. The new approach focuses on the inborn defense mechanisms developed into brain cells. When a virus attacks a brain cell, this leads to an accumulation of viral proteins. As a response to the virus’ attack, the cell disables any protein production to stop the virus from spreading.
Scientists tested this treatment on mice, trying to stop the evolution of neurodegenerative illnesses
Several neurodegenerative diseases trigger the same faulty protein production which is bound to enable the same defenses but, at the same time, causing severe outcomes. These brain cells stop the protein production for so long that they actually die because of starvation. If this process spreads, repeating in neurons throughout the whole brain, then it can lead to movement and memory impairments, or they could even kill the person, depending on the neurological disease.
This process is believed to occur in many types of neurodegenerative illnesses, and if scientists manage to abolish it safely, it will ameliorate many diseases. At the beginning of the study, researchers harnessed a chemical compound which disabled the defense mechanism. Thus, it delayed the progress of prion illness in mice. This was the first time when scientists managed to halt the evolution of a neurodegenerative disease in an animal.
Further researches revealed that the same approach, considered a wonder treatment, could be used to stop the evolution of a wide range of degenerative illnesses. What do you think about this new treatment? Do you believe that scientists will indeed cure neurodegenerative diseases?
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