Research in Britain shows promise of Alzheimer's treatment

May 6, 2012 7:07:40 PM PDT
A range of brain diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, could be treated by a single drug, thanks to research in Britain.

In fighting the diseases, a brain cell's defense mechanism prevents the production of healthy proteins, similar to body cells when fighting a virus.

But with brain disease, healthy proteins are needed to stop cells from dying.

Scientists have found a way to manipulate the defense mechanism to allow the production of proteins. The knowledge could be used to treat other brain diseases, including the human form of mad cow disease.