The end of Neurodegenerative Disease?

From BBC reports, an exciting research breakthrough could stop degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and Multiple Sclerosis.

What are Neurodegenerative Diseases?

In a neurodegenerative disease:

  • Faulty proteins are made by the body
  • Your defence mechanism reacts to the faulty proteins
  • Which then causes brain and spinal cord cells to die
  • The cells affected control decision making and movement
  • Your decision making and movement deteriorate

What’s the breakthrough?

The exciting research at Leicester University found a chemical which stops the brain’s defence mechanism responding to the faulty proteins.  As a result, it prevents the neurodegeneration from happening.

Can people be treated now?

Prof Giovanna Mallucci who lead the reaearch said,

"What's really exciting is a compound has completely prevented neurodegeneration and that's a first.

However there is a serious side effect, as the chemical affects the pancreas and causes diabetes in mice, so any drug developed for people would have to affect just the brain.  This though is a starting point and has the potential to cure many neurodegenerative diseases.

Head Injury UK: Brain Injury Claim Experts

Our brain injury solicitors are excited about this development which may lead to the treatment of many neurodegenerative conditions.  There is also other research being undertaken to improve our understanding and treatment of other brain injury.  If you or a loved one have unfortunately suffered a brain injury that was someone else’s fault, call us on 0800 073 0988 or contact Andy Shaw to see how we can help you.


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