Protein that removes plaque holds promise for Alzheimer's patients
Using a protein as a sponge to absorb the toxic plaque that builds up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients can halt symptoms and improve brain function, U.S. researchers suggest.
Scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Centre in Rochester, N.Y., performed studies on mice with a buildup of amyloid-beta, a toxic plaque that builds up in the brains of Alzheimer's sufferers and damages them.
I'm not so clear if this is a cure that reverses Alzheimer's, or “only” a preventative — a way to stop Alzheimer's from getting worse once one is identified as susceptible. Even so, it sounds like a major advance.
“can halt symptoms and improve brain function”
It sounds like it’s both from that wording. By saying it improves brain function it’s getting towards the cure classification rather then the preventative.
I agree it’s great news even if it’s a preventative, i’ve got a family member suffering the this dreaded disease and even if it doesn’t help them i’ll be really happy if it can help people in the future.