Pill to cure Alzheimer`s, Parkinson’s ‘ten years away’

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: A major advancement in the hunt for treatments against Alzheimer's has been hailed as a historic moment in medical research.

In a landmark breakthrough, a British study has raised the prospect of a pill that could treat brain conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease by halting the death of brain cells.

Researchers at The Medical Research Council (MRC) at the University of Leicester performed the research on mice with prion disease and the tests showed the treatment prevented memory loss in mice.

While the research is still in its early stages, scientists believe the prospect of the pill is still at least ten years away from being available for use by humans. But experts said the findings were hugely significant.

The study is published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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