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University of Glasgow

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have found that when they inject a naturally occurring protein into a brain of Alzheimer's patient, the symptoms and progression of the disease can be lessened. The patients were mice, but the research holds massive promise for human studies and people looking for relief from this massively debilitating condition. An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2016. Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer's, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65. This disease knows no color or class and can start to strike down anyone in the prime of their life. There is currently no cure or proven way to lesson the onslaught of symptoms. In the Glasgow study, researchers injected a protein called IL 33 –– for Interlukin 33 –– into the brains of mice. IL 33 is a protein our bodies make as a defense response to disease and infection. Within one week of injection the “Alzheimer’s mice” were able to remember much like the healthy mice, suggesting that boosting the immune system might help slow down one of the cruelest diseases known to mankind.
Award Categories:
Human Development
Award Year:
2017
Nominee URL:
University of Glasgow

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