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Potential Cure for Alzheimer's Found by New Study

Potential Cure for Alzheimer's Found by New Study
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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 10:09 AM

A potential cure for Alzheimer's has been found by a new study that appears to have uncovered what causes the disease. The new treatment would use drugs that are currently prescribe to fight HIV, according to the New York Post.

“For the first time, we can see what may cause the disease,” lead researcher Jerold Chun told The New York Post. “We also uncovered a potential near-term treatment.”

The Post added: “Chun and his colleagues at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in San Diego, Calif., compared brain samples of seven people who had Alzheimer’s with six who didn’t.

The researchers were able to show that the genetic blueprint of the people with Alzheimer’s changed dramatically as they developed the disease, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.”

Researchers discovered the gene that is linked to Alzheimer's and that during an individual’s life genes are shuffled in the brain, including the Alzheimer’s gene.

The manner in which the genes are shuffled is similar to the way HIV speads and the good news is a drug has been developed to stop that shuffling. That can lead to the ability to keep Alzheimer’s in check, meaning a person’s decline can be arrested.

Clinical trials are the likely the next step, using the FDA-approved drugs.

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