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New hope of cure for Alzheimer's.

THERE was new hope of a cure last night for Britain's 750,000 Alzheimer's sufferers.

A Japanese team of researchers has successfully completed trials of a DNA vaccine on mice, with striking results.

Now they are planning trials on humans within the next three years.

Sufferers, even those with the condition in their 70s, could be treated, said Dr Yoh Matsumoto, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience.

In mice, the DNA vaccine halted the production of small proteins which "clutter" the brain, causing Alzheimer's Disease.

A reduction of 40 to 50 per cent in humans would enable them to live a normal life.

Welcoming the breakthrough, the Alzheimer's Society said: "A vaccine is our best hope for fighting this devastating disease."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 13, 2006
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