Alzheimer’s disease is the most common kind of dementia. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is not known. Scientists have been unable to come up with a drug that cures the disease despite more than 400 drug trials. However, an exciting new drug looks very promising.
- Researchers have proved that they can stop mental decline by clearing the sticky plaques associated with dementia.
- The breakthrough is the best news for Alzheimer’s patients in more than 25 years.
- The highest doses of the drug aducanumab helped to clear amyloid plaques that cause cognitive decline and irreversible memory loss.
“The results of this clinical study make us optimistic that we can potentially make a great step forward in treating Alzheimer’s disease,” said Prof Roger Nitsch, at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Zurich.
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