Potential Treatment Found for Alzheimer’s Disease

Sydney Holder

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A potential treatment for one of the world’s leading causes of death has been accidentally discovered at Lancaster University in the UK.  This breakthrough shocked and surprised many, being that no sort of treatment has ever been found for this disease.  

Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, treated, or slowed down, states Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.  According to the foundation, approximately 44 million people, worldwide are living with this disease or some kind of dementia.  5.5 million of these people live in the United States alone.  

Alzheimer’s disease starts to damage the brain, before any symptoms occur.  This slow process can take up to 15 to 20 years to fully develop, usually showing symptoms in older ages, such as 65 to 70 years old, states the foundation’s website.

The researchers found some surprising results from an experiment with aged mice that have the same mutated genes as humans with Alzheimer’s.  The mice were given a drug medication developed to treat type 2 diabetes and were placed in a maze.  

The study reads that the medication has “significantly reversed memory loss” in mice.  The mice treated with the medication performed better than the control group, who received no sort of drug or medication.  

“The drug improved levels of a brain growth factor which protects nerve cell functioning.  It reduced amyloid plaques in the brain linked with Alzheimer’s and reduced chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.  The drug also slowed the rate of nerve cell loss seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s,” reads the video on the study from Lancaster University.

According to the researchers, the drug could potentially be developed into a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.    There is a chance that one day, the disease will be conquered by man after all.  


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Potential Treatment Found for Alzheimer’s Disease