Research continues into drug to treat Alzheimer’s
- November 8, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Dementia
Researchers are testing the theory that a drug has been shown to clear away clumps of protein material in the brain, believed to be a primary cause of Alzheimer’s.
A study carried out at Merck Research Laboratories in New Jersey gives hope to finding a treatment for the disease in the future.
It is one of a number of drugs being tested by pharmaceutical companies in a race for the first treatment that can halt or reverse Alzheimer’s.
Dr Clare Walton, Research Manager at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “This study describes a new drug that reduces the production of amyloid in people with dementia and, importantly, it appears to be safer than similar drugs that have come before.
“This finding has paved the way for much larger clinical trials that are currently underway, and we very much look forward to the results of these in the coming years.”
So far, the drug has produced no severe side effects.