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New drug could help develop Alzheimer’s treatment

14th April 2009

British scientists have discovered a drug that could be developed to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at University College London’s dementia research unit have developed a drug that is capable of removing a protein from Alzheimer sufferers’ brains that had previously been identified as a possible target for therapeutic treatment.

Although the research team said it was too early to know whether the treatment will benefit people with Alzheimer’s, they said they were encouraged by the results of what was a relatively small study and called for larger research projects into possible Alzheimer’s treatments.

The study was part-funded by the Alzheimer’s Research Trust and gave five patients the newly-developed drug CPHPC over a three month period.

Scientists were attempting to target the protein serum amyloid P component, or SAP, which research found could be used when treating Alzheimer’s.

After three months the level of SAP had decreased in the participants’ blood as the researchers had expected, but the new drug had also removed the protein from the brain without any side effects.

Chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust Rebecca Wood said the results were “cause for cautious optimism” and called for further research.

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