Alzheimers is the most common form of Dementia and the number of people diagnosed with the disease is steadily increasing each year. Currently the only available treatment simply masks the symptoms. Researchers are testing treatment that can potentially stop Alzheimers progressing and with an aging population, this is essential.
Researchers say a new drug has shown some promise in patients with mild dementia, and might be yet more effective if given to those at risk of disease long before they show any symptoms. Dr Eric Karran, director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said scientists were “full of hope” that a breakthrough in drug therapy to prevent dementia could come within five years. If further trials on the drug succeed, it could mean that those with a family history of dementia are given monthly injections of the drug a decade before any signs of disease show - in the same way that millions of people now take statins to ward off heart disease, he said.