Scientists find a breakthrough in Alzheimer’s

April 16, 2015 1:04 AM

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Experts said the findings, from Duke University in North Carolina, US, could "open newdoors" in the increasingly frustrated global hunt for a dementia therapy. Researchers at Duke announced that their studies of Alzheimer's inmicehad thrown up a new process they believe contributes to the disease's development.

They observed that in Alzheimer's, immune cells that normally protect the brain instead begin to consume a vital nutrient called arginine. By blocking this process with a drug,they were able to prevent the formation of 'plaques' in the brain that are characteristic of Alzheimer's disease,and also ha...

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