Scientists discover new drugs to help fight certain forms of dementia

Scientists discover new drugs to help fight certain forms of dementia

Scientists discover new drugs to help fight certain forms of dementia

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by Tyler Druin

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 12 at 3:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - - A discovery by scientists could mean new hope for patients with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones.
 
The journal "Nature" is reporting research about a rare genetic mutation that appears to protect against Alzheimer's.

The researchers in Iceland say the mutation appears to slow the production of the protein that's considered to be a cause of this form of dementia.

An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from the disease which has no known cure.

A Harvard Medical School neurologist says this research could help in the development of new, more promising drugs.
 

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