Scientists have created a drug that prevents Alzheimer's in mice by boosting ...

First-of-its-kind drug 'PREVENTS Alzheimer's in mice bred to develop the disease by boosting levels of a protein that clears away brain plaques and tangles linked to memory loss' Two proteins, amyloid and tau, clump together and smother neurons, causing memory loss and confusion in Alzheimer's patients  Another protein called VPS35, clears the destructive proteins, but levels of the helpful compound are low in Alzheimer's patients Researchers used a newly-developed drug to boost levels of VPS35 in the brains of some mice genetically engineered to develop the age-related disease Treated mice had less tau and amyloid beta proteins and performed better on tests of memory and learning 

By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com and Dailymail.com Reporter

Published: 03:41 GMT, 22 January 2020 | Updated: 03:42 GMT, 22 January 2020

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Scientists believe they may have created the first drug that prevents Alzheimer's disease.

It works by boosting levels of a protein that clears the brain of rogue proteins that cause memory loss and confusion.

Research conducted on mice engineered to develop the age-related disease showed that rodents had no symptoms after being injected with the compound. 

The team, from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Pennsylvania, says the findings shed fresh light on the brain disease provides hope that the medicine could slow or even reverse dementia in humans. 

A new study from Temple University in Pennsylvania has found that boosting levels of a protein in mice genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer's cleared proteins that smother neurons  (file image)

A new study from Temple University in Pennsylvania has found that boosting levels of a protein in mice genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer's cleared proteins that smother neurons  (file image) 

An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's disease in 2020 and is expected to hit 13.8 million by 2050.

Sufferers experience a decline in cognitive, behavioral and physical abilities and there is no cure. 

Those who have the disease

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