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New Alzheimer's research announced

5th December 2005

US researchers have discovered a potential new therapy which could protect against brain cell death brought on by Alzheimer's.

The results of a recent trial at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease have indicated that the process of cell death could be targeted, providing new routes of research for scientists.

Studies into how the build up of amyloid beta proteins, present in sufferers, kills neurons have shown that using the compound resveratrol could prevent the process.

"Our study suggests that resveratrol and related compounds may protect against neuronal loss associated with Alzheimer's disease," commented Li Gan, senior author of the study.

Resveratrol was found to impact on microglia cells, the immune cells of the brain, blocking them from allowing the amyloid beta build up to attack the neurons.

"This could certainly open up new avenues for drug development," added Mr Gan.