Daily pill that halts Alzheimer's is hailed as 'biggest breakthrough against disease for 100 years'
By Jenny Hope
Last updated at 11:57 PM on 29th July 2008
Breakthrough: The new drug reverses symptoms in 81% of patients
A new drug halts the devastating progress of Alzheimer’s disease, say British scientists.
It is said to be more than twice as effective as current treatments.
A daily capsule of rember, as the drug is known, stops Alzheimer’s disease progressing by as much as 81 per cent, according to trial results.
Patients with the brain disorder had no significant decline in their mental function over a 19-month period.
‘We appear to be bringing the worst affected parts of the brain functionally back to life,’ said Dr Claude Wischik, who led the research.
It is the first time medication has been developed to target the ‘tangles’ in the brain that destroy nerve cells, leading to deteriorating memory.
The drug helps to disrupt this process, preventing the formation of new tangles and loosening those already created.
Last night the findings were hailed as the biggest breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s since 1907.
Eventually the drug could be used to stop the disease in its early stages before symptoms have even appeared, it is hoped...