Brain 'Wonder Drugs' May Soon Begin Clinical Trials
Could scientists have found a way to stop neurodegenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson;s, and others? Two drugs that are already being safely used in people may have a protective effect on the brain, according to researchers in the UK.
In 2013, researchers discovered a substance that prevented brain cells from degenerating in animal studies, but the compound was found to cause organ damage and was deemed unsafe for use in people. A new study suggests that trazodone, which is used to treat depression, and DBM, which is currently being tested in patients with cancer, may have the same protective effect on the brain.
Neurodegenerative brain diseases often involve the production of faulty proteins, which trigger the brain’s defense mechanisms and lead to the destruction of healthy brain cells. More research is needed, but the hope is that these drugs could one day be used to prevent this process and slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer's.
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