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Scientists make major breakthrough for 130 brain diseases

Scientists make major breakthrough for 130 brain diseases
20th December 2010

Scientists have had a breakthrough which could lead to a goldrush in the treatment of around 130 neurodegenerative and psychiatric illnesses including Alzheimer's disease.

Hundreds of proteins essential to brain health have been discovered by a team of Anglo-American scientists, according to the study, published in journal Nature Neuroscience.

The large collection of nerve proteins discovered make up a molecular machine known as the postsynaptic density (PSD).

This significant discovery could lead to multifunctional treatments which are able to target several conditions.

Professor Seth Grant from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute said that the findings have shown that the human PSD is at the "centre stage" of many brain diseases affecting millions of people around the world.

"These diseases include common debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, as well as epilepsies and childhood developmental diseases including forms of autism and learning disability," he said.

Meanwhile, the Alzheimer's Society have said that the government would save a lot of money if they effectively targeted dementia, with approximately one in four patients in hospital beds currently suffering from the condition.

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