Today many of you may have heard about the discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in neurodegenerative disease. That’s right…scientists have discovered a chemical which has been able to prevent brain cell death in mice. Although more work is needed to develop a drug that can be consumed by a patients this is a turning point in the fight against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other diseases.
Yes, it is true that many problems can occur on the road from drug for a mice to a drug for a humans. But, this is the first time that a chemical has been discovered to COMPLETELY halt neuro-degeneration which would suggest that this process has a lot of potential. Even though neurodegenerative disease all progress in a different way researches in this case are targeting the way in which the cell deals with the protein misfoldes this means that one drug can become the cure for many diseases!!!
The study, which was published in Science Translational Medicine , showed mice with the disease developed severe memory and movement problems. They died within 12 weeks. However, those given the compound showed no sign of brain tissue wasting away.
Yes there is still a long way until we are able to develop a cure for neurodegenerative diseases but this discovery is big step on the road to finding that cure.