British scientists have made a big breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Only in Foggy Albion, over 400 thousand people suffer from this incurable neurological disease. Now the incidence rate can be reduced by almost 100 thousand cases, as scientists expect. Researchers in England and France have identified "malignant" genes that are responsible, on average, for one out of every five cases of Alzheimer's disease. It remains only to find the most effective medicine to combat them.
British scientists examined the DNA of more than 16 thousand people from eight countries, including six thousand suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Two genes have been isolated - clusterin and CR1 - because of which the risk of developing the disease increases. A group of French scientists confirmed the findings of the British, and also identified the third CR1 gene. These are the first genes associated with Alzheimer's discovered since 1991.
The study also discussed the possibility that this disease may be the result of inflammatory processes in the brain. And if so, then the anti-inflammatory drugs already on the market (including aspirin and ibuprofen) could theoretically h alt or even treat Alzheimer's disease.
"The findings represent a significant step forward in dementia research," said Rebecca Wood, spokeswoman for the Alzheimer's Research Center. “So far, we have not found effective treatments for the disease, but these studies are stimulating a huge number of other ideas and work aimed at finding a cure.”