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Wonder pill for Alzheimer's to soon become a reality

New Delhi, Thu, 01 Nov 2012 NI Wire

There is a good news for those suffering from Alzheimer’s as a pill said to halt the devastating onset of Alzheimer's disease is about to hit the market within four years, the Daily mail reports say.

The upcoming medicine is more than twice efficient than anything already available for the treatment. The upcoming medicines can even halt the halt the progression of the illness.

If it is administered in the early stages it could stop Alzheimer's from ever developing, an international dementia conference was told Tuesday.

A version of the twice-a-day pill which is developed by British scientists - has already been tested on patients, and the results were "unprecedented", the Mail said.

Its inventor, Professor Claude Wischik, of Aberdeen University, said: "It flatlines the disease. If you get in early, you can pull people back from the brink."

The present drugs can delay the progress of Alzheimer's, but their failure to tackle the underlying cause in the brain means that the effect quickly wears off and the disease soon becomes devastating.

The upcoming drug, referred as LMTX, works in a different way than existing treatments.

LMTX dissolves the "tangles" of protein that are a characteristic of the disease and spread through the brain like an infection, stopping them working from within, reports the Mail.

--with inputs from IANS

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