The devastating effects of dementia may no longer be a problem in the future.
Researchers in the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have developed a vaccine that could protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease. Repeated research has demonstrated that this vaccine can effectively target animal models what we think may cause Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers are hoping it to move it for the human trials soon.
The experiment done with mice showed that the vaccine safely prevents the buildup of substances in the brain associated with dementia. The vaccine has shown positive results in mice, rabbits and monkeys.
If the vaccine proves to be safe and effective during human trials, it could cut the number of dementia cases to half.
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disorder that destroys the neurons and causes the brain to deteriorate. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.
The vaccine makes use of DNA from Alzheimer’s proteins to teach the body’s immune system to fight against these compounds and stop them from accumulating in the brain. The research of this vaccine marks major progress towards a safe and effective vaccine.
Previous researches failed because the vaccines produced side effects like brain inflammation.
Approximately 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. That number could double to 11.4 million in 2050.
The vaccine is one of the promising treatment if it’s trial on human beings is successful.