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New ‘wonder-drug’ may prevent brain cells from dying


Scientists in the UK have discovered a drug that may safely help prevent neuro degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Researchers have found two drugs that block a major pathway which leads to brain cell death in mice and prevent neuro degeneration. Researchers at Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Toxicology Unit in Leicester, UK said that drugs caused minimal side effects in the mice and one is already licensed for use in humans.

Professor Giovanna Mallucci, who led the team from the MRC said in London that researchers now need to find out whether giving the drug to patients at an early stage could help arrest or slow down the disease through its effects on this pathway.

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