New Vaccine said to Cure Alzheimer's
July, 2000 - The first phase of a vaccine said to cure Alzheimer's Disease, has been successfully completed, says scientists from Elan Pharmaceuticals. The results of the trials were released at the World Alzheimer's Congress.
"It's gone remarkably smoothly. In the U.S. we've done single dose studies and they're nearly complete and so far things have gone remarkably well. We've not encountered any problems at all in Alzheimer's patients themselves," Dr. Dale Schenk, vice president of discovery research at Elan Pharmaceuticals told CNN Medical News."
"Assuming everything works out, this vaccine not only will treat Alzheimer's Disease, but will also prevent Alzheimer's. It will completely change the face of Alzheimer's therapeutics now and forever if it works," said Dr. Ivan Lieberburg, executive vice president and chief science and medical officer for the Elan Corporation
In addition, researchers and Brigham and Women's Hospital report encouraging results with a similar, nasal vaccine. "There is a 50-60 percent decrease in the amount of amyloid plaques and indeed the amount of a-beta proteins in the brains of mice who have gotten chronic nasal treatment," their report said.
Alzheimer's disease, which affects more than 4 million people across the United States, is the leading cause of dementia. It was recently estimated that the disease, at its present rate of growth, was going to affect 22 million people by 2025.
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