Jul 30, 2008
A drug called PBT2, developed by Australian company Prana Biotechnology, appears to improve cognitive abilities in patients with early-stage Alzheimer's disease. Researchers report in Lancet Neurology, that it was also successful in reducing protein buildup associated with the debilitating neurodegenerative illness, which plagues up to 4.5 million Americans.
Craig Ritchie, a neuroscientist at Imperial College London and Prana consultant, says that the success of the recent 12-week trial (which had 78 participants) -- must be replicated in a larger longer-term trial before the company would consider seeking approval to sell it as an Alzheimer's therapy. "Our hope is that we might be able to see treatments that can substantially improve the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease within the next five or so years," he said in a statement.
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