Experiment on mice paves way for future Alzheimer's drug

Scientists are claiming a new breakthrough in the search for a future Alzheimer's drug after a discovering a compound that stopped brain cell death in mice, according to The Independent.

Although not yet able to be used as a medicine in humans, the compound provides a dramatic new breakthrough in the project to develop anti-dementia medicines.

The compound blocks a faulty signal in the brains of those affected by neurodegenerative diseases, which shuts down the production of essential proteins and ultimately causes cell death. It was tested in mice with prion disease and researchers are confident the same principles apply in human conditions such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.

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