‘Wonder drug’ could halt dementia

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An exciting breakthrough in medical research could lead to the first effective treatment for dementia.

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) said it has found two drugs that could be used to halt the progress of dementia in humans following successful trials in animals, the BBC reports.

Professor Giovanna Mallucci of the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester said the development was “really exciting”.

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She hopes to soon begin trials on dementia patients which should yield conclusive results within the next two to three years.

The team created headline news in 2013 when they halted the death of brain cells in an animal for the first time.

The drug was found to be unsuitable for people, however, but now the team have discovered two safe drugs with the same protective effects on the brain.

Professor Mallucci added: “It’s time for clinical trials to see if there’s similar effects in people and put our money where our mouth is.

“We’re very unlikely to cure them completely, but if you arrest the progression you change Alzheimer’s disease into something completely different so it becomes liveable with.”

“As a professional, a doctor and a scientist, I must advise people to wait for the results.”

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