Breakthrough Alzheimer’s Drug Great News for Elder Care



Researchers in Switzerland are claiming to have found a way to combat Alzheimer’s disease, without causing unintended harm to the human body. This is perceived as a major breakthrough in the struggle to find a cure for the disease which affects tens of millions worldwide. Essentially, the breakthrough drug is able to destroy the toxic plaques in the brain responsible for causing Alzheimer’s symptoms without affecting other areas in the brain.

According to Dirk Beher, one of authors of the report describing the groundbreaking research, this progress has been reached through an acute understanding of how a certain enzyme functions. The enzyme, gamma secretase, which is responsible for destroying brain cells, can now be partially tempered. The researchers are hopeful that this will allow for even greater progress in curing Alzheimer’s, offering a breath of fresh air to loved ones and caregivers of those suffering from the debilitating condition.

This breakthrough is significant because earlier trials of this drug were deemed failures in 2010, due to the harmful side effects which included skin cancer and internal bleeding. This enzyme has been researched in relation to treating Alzheimer’s for more than a decade, and finally the breakthrough has been achieved. The research, performed at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, explains how the buildup of certain plaque leads to Alzheimer’s.

The new drug affects the enzyme which cuts APP, the protein which causes the dangerous clumping of plaque. By doing so, the researchers hope to be able to prevent the clumping which brings on Alzheimer’s disease, without causing any detrimental effects to seniors. According to the head researcher at Alzheimer's Research UK, Dr. Simon Ridley, the impressive nature of the drug is in how selectively it modifies the key enzyme without affecting other areas.

For more on this article, go to: Alzheimer's cure is close: Experts hail new drug breakthrough | Alzheimer's and Dementia News

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  1. Millions of people worldwide are watching this development very anxiously. People pray every day that cures will be found for the conditions that plague their loved ones, and Alzheimer's is toward the top of that list. We're all pulling for a cure so the family members of these sufferers can have their loved ones back.

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