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Researchers claim to have blocked Alzheimer's

26th April 2006

Researchers in the US claim to have found a way to block the effects of Alzheimer's disease in mice.

Scientists from the Buck Institute believe that the effects on the brain of a build up of plaque or toxins, traditionally thought to the cause of Alzheimer's, can be blocked.

The researchers found that by making a cut in the APP protein, which is thought to prompt the build up of plaque, the memories of Alzheimer's induced mice remained healthy, despite still having the build up.

Dale Bredesen, CEO of the Buck Institute, told "If you showed them to a pathologist, they would both be diagnosed as having Alzheimer's pathologically, and yet one group has the typical Alzheimer's terrible memory loss.

"The other group has no memory loss."

The researchers are now set to carry on and attempt to find a drug that can replicate the changes to the protein that are curently only possible in a laboratory.

As increasing numbers of people reach old age, the instances of Alzheimer's are expected to soar, making the need for disease controlling proccesses all the more necessary.