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1; The devastating effects of dementia can no longer be a problem in the near future, suggests a new study.
What happens: Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have developed a vaccine that could protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease.
- “This study is the culmination of a decade of research that has repeatedly shown that this vaccine can effectively and safely target animal models what we think can cause Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Roger Rosenberg, founding director of Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University, in a press release.
- According to USA Today, the vaccine, which prevents the construction of harmful proteins linked to the disease, has shown positive results in mice, rabbits and monkeys so far.
- Newsweek reported that scientists hope to move it to human trials soon.
- If the vaccine proves safe and effective under the hood it may decrease the number of dementia diseases in half . The study’s writer told the USA today.
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that destroys neurons and causes the brain to deteriorate. According to the press release, approximately 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. That number can double to 11.4 million in 2050.
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How it works: According to Forbes, the vaccine uses DNA from Alzheimer’s proteins to teach the body‘s immune system to fight against these compounds and prevent them from accumulating in the brain.
- Since researchers do not know when the proteins form, physicians would conduct PET brain scans to determine when to give patients the vaccine, Forbes reported.
- KSAT reported that the vaccine is injected into the skin as opposed to the muscle. A previous experimental AD vaccine caused the brain’s swelling after it was injected into the patients muscles.