Super pill 'could beat Alzheimer's disease'

2 November 2012

Scientists have developed a pill that that could dramatically reduce the progression of Alzheimer's disease, one of the most common types of dementia.

The super pill, which could be available to people suffering from the disease within the next four years, is considered to be so powerful that in addition to reducing its progression, it could even stop it altogether.

Researchers have already tested the pill, which would be consumed twice a day, on patients in Britain with surprising results.

Professor Claude Wischik of Aberdeen University, who developed the potential treatment, commented: "It flatlines the disease. If you get in early, you can pull people back from the brink."

Currently known as LMTX, the drug is unique in the way it works. It dissolves protein that spreads through the brain.

In related news, a study in the journal Stroke reported that regular physical activity has the potential to reduce vascular-related dementia by an amazing 40 per cent.

"You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to reap the benefits of exercise," the Alzheimer's Society commented. "As this research shows, making sure we are fitting regular bursts of activity into our daily lives can make a real difference to the brain as well as the heart."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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