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Hope for Alzheimer's vaccine
[Posted: Sat 09/06/2012 www.irishhealth.com]
Positive results have been reported in trials of a new vaccine against Alzheimer's Disease.
Scientists from Sweden tested CAD106, a vaccine aimed at triggering the body's defence system against the progression of Alzheimer's.
The researchers found that 80% of patients in the trial developed protective antibodies against beta-amyloid in the brain, which can kill cells. There were no side-effects reported resulting from the vaccine.
The study indicates that this new vaccine could be a tolerable treatment for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's.
According to the World Health Organization, dementia is the fastest growing global health epidemic of our age.
The research, which was funded by the pharmaceutical firm Novartis, is published in the journal Lancet Neurology.
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