Alzheimer’s mice research has shown that the disease triggers a protein that causes memory loss.
If researchers find this conclusion to be the same with humans, they may be able to solve some of the substance issues in the brain that causes memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
They managed to conceive a drug for the mice, which turned off the process and reversed their memory problems. So, they may be able to develop a drug to stop the memory loss process and reverse memory problems in humans.
“For now, the research is in its early stages, and it could take five to 10 years to get to drug experiments in humans,” said study author Johannes Graff, a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Even if a drug is developed using this knowledge, it would only treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and not the root cause.”
However, it could mark a major advance to be able to reverse the memory problems spawned by Alzheimer’s, Graff said, adding, “We can show that this is potentially reversible.”
According to the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), there are over 5 million Americans, who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.