New cancer medication could show improvement for Alzheimer's disease

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Could a cancer drug used to heal the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease, ever be used in humans with dementia?

An SBS news story has highlighted a potential new medication that could not only assist people with cancer, but also help in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Research published in the journal Nature Medicine suggests that activating blocked immune system cells that fight cancer could also restore memory and learning capacity in the brains of mice damaged by Alzheimer’s disease.

This news is positive but Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Carol Bennett has advised that “there is no one size fits all to treatment, prevention or cure”.

“We all want to hope for a cure but I think it is important to understand this particular trial is taking place in mice at the moment.

While it has recently been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration, it will be some time before it progresses to human trials and then, depending on results, is available for use in humans.”

- Carol Bennett

With Alzheimer’s currently affecting the lives of around 342,800 Australians, it is important for everyone to reduce the risk-factors by maintaining a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly and keeping their brains active by learning new skills.

Read the full story on SBS
Cancer drug could improve memory after Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis
Yasmin Noone, SBS, 20 January 2016