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The weekly injection removed 80 percent of senile plaques that cause Alzheimer's

Canadian researchers have come one giant step closer to finding treatment for those with Alzheimer's disease, and even a preventative vaccine.

The team of researchers hail from Université Laval, CHU de Québec, and pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and was led by Dr. Serge Rivest, professor at Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine and researcher at the CHU de Québec research center.

A key part of Alzheimer's disease is the production of a toxic molecule called amyloid beta. The body's defenders, called microglial cells, cannot eliminate amyloid beta, and that's when senile plaques are formed.

But the new study gives the brain's immune cells a boost through monophosphoryl lipid A, called MPL, which is a vaccine that has already been proven safe through its use with GSK.

After giving mice with Alzheimer's symptoms weekly injections of MPL for 12 weeks, about 80 percent of senile plaques were eliminated. Also, the mice showed improvement in cognitive function.

According to the team, the MPL injection could not only slow the progression of the disease in patients already showing symptoms, but also be used as a preventative vaccine for those at risk.

Last September, the cancer drugs erlotinib (Tarceva) and gefitinib (Iressa) were used to cure Alzheimer's in fruit flies and rats.

Source: Science Daily



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RE: Sign Me Up!
By Nutzo on 1/16/2013 11:39:43 AM , Rating: 2
I think you need to add a little more tin foil to your hat...

Drug companies don't want to cure anything??
I guess all the cures, vacines, etc they have come out with over the past decades must be my imagination.
The basic truth is that the Drug companies want to make money. A "cure" is likely to cost more than an initial treatment, since they have to recoupe the development cost over a much shorter treatment period.


RE: Sign Me Up!
By gamerk2 on 1/16/2013 11:42:04 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair, the Federal government has to reimburse medical companies to create vaccines, because they aren't profitable. As a result, most Vaccine research is done in Medical Labs, not by Medico's.


RE: Sign Me Up!
By Omega215D on 1/16/2013 12:55:17 PM , Rating: 2
People like this are the reason why some illnesses are making a comeback and possibly why this flu season seems to be pretty bad (that and also many city folk are slobs).


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