Scientists are developing a ‘ninja’ drug that targets toxic proteins in the brain that could stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks.
Early tests have been hopeful and show that the drug halts the chemical process that kills brain cells in sufferers and also protects against short-term memory loss. But, unlike other potential treatments, the new method does not have damaging side-effects. Gene Williams, of proMIS – the Canadian firm behind the drug – said, “this antibody is like a ninja. It comes and only targets the toxic parts. The brain has an amazing rewiring, restoring and regenerative capacity”.
But with all new possible drugs there will be a significant ‘lead in time’ with the current results being obtained from trials on mice. If the tests continue to be successful then the drug could be available in 2020.
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