October 10, 2013 | Ling

My gran loved poetry. After she retired, she used to write her favourite pieces out every morning to practise her calligraphy. Until her Alzheimer's progressed and she couldn't remember the words and, eventually, the brush strokes.

She would have been delighted to hear scientists have successfully prevented brain tissue from dying in mice with a neurodegenerative disease. This breakthrough could lead to drugs that treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease.

There's a small chance of me developing Alzheimer's like my gran. But maybe with these new drugs I'll never forget her.


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The chemical used in the study disrupts brain cell defence mechanisms.


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