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Hope for Alzheimer’s cure

Published tisdag 17 juli 2007 kl 14.35
Karolinska Institute is once again at the forefront of a new treatment

Swedish and American researchers say they may be close to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.

A research group from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and the University of Central Florida in the US say they have found ways to form new nerve cells which could replace those lost in large numbers by sufferers of the disease.

The researchers have discovered that new nerve cells are formed when a stem cell transplant is combined with a course of treatment using the new drug Fenserin. The drug is yet to be formally approved but it’s already being used for clinical trials in a study at the Karolinska Institute in which some Alzheimer patients are participating.

Even though the drug can stop Alzheimer’s, a transplant of stem cells is necessary in order to cure the disease. But stem cell transplants in the brain are a complicated operation, so scientsits believe this method of treatment will mainly be offered for younger patients, in the early stages of the disease.

It is believed that these findings can not only stop the disease’s progress, but also reverse the effects of it.

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