Range of brain diseases could be treated by single drug
There are good reasons for believing this response, identified with prion disease, applies also to Alzheimer's and other neuro-degenerative diseases”
- Prof Roger Morris King's College London
The tantalising prospect of treating a range of brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, all with the same drug, has been raised by UK researchers.
In a study, published in Nature, they prevented brain cells dying in mice with prion disease.
It is hoped the same method for preventing brain cell death could apply in other diseases.
The findings are at an early stage, but have been heralded as "fascinating".