Source: Caribbean360September 2, 2016
NEW YORK, United States, Friday September 2, 2016 – An experimental Alzheimer’s drug may have brought researchers one step closer to preventing the disease altogether.
The new drug targets, then destroys and removes amyloid plaques, toxic proteins that clump together and build up in the brain. Most aging brains have these buildups, but not nearly at the level linked to early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company Biogen developed the drug, aducanumab, and funded the study. The results were published Wednesday in Nature.
Though researchers remain “cautiously optimistic” due to the small trial size, neurologist and study co-author Stephen Salloway told the magazine: “This is the best news we’ve had in 25 years of doing Alzheimer’s research.”