Newly discovered plaque-busting drug could treat brain diseases
Scientists have been looking inside of the human brain for quite some time now, striving to understand brain diseases and look for cures, but sometimes huge discoveries are found in unlikely places.
Recently, scientists discovered that a virus found in a sewage generated a one-of-a-kind drug that zones in on the plaque that can be found in various brain diseases. This includes Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
These results came from testing mice that were affected with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. The drug broke up the plaque in the brains of the mice, improving their memory and cognitive abilities.
Since the drug testing went so well with the animals, drug developer company NeuroPhage Pharmaceuticals is set up to apply for permission to start testing the drug on people. If approved, trials may start as early as next year.
It seems that this is the first drug that aims at targeting and destroying the plaque that is created in various human brain diseases.
Research is still being conducted, but this discovery could be revolutionary for people who are suffering from brain diseases.
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