Breakthrough As Scientists Find New Drug That Appears To Slow Alzheimer’s

It has been the biggest news regarding Alzheimer’s for decades – scientists believe they have found a drug which slows the pace of mental decline.  The drug, names Solanezumab, showed signs of slowing down memory loss in patients with mild Alzheimer’s over the course of a few years.

Although scientists have said it isn’t a cure, the wider implications of the results are a huge result. It is the first time any medication has slowed down the rate at which Alzheimer’s damages the brain.

The director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, Dr Eric Karran, said: “This is the first evidence of something genuinely modifying the disease process. It’s a breakthrough in my mind. The history of medicine suggests that once you get through that door you can explore further therapeutic opportunities much more aggressively. It makes us less helpless.”

More trials are to take place around the drug and, depending on the success of those trials, it may be several years before it is available on the NHS. But it is a step forward it driving treatment and hopefully finding a cure.

Across the UK, one person every three minutes develops Alzheimer’s – a shockingly high rate. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, and that in less than 10 years, 1 million people will be living with dementia. This is expected to rise to 2 million by 2051 unless preventative treatments are developed.

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