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A cure for Alzheimer's disease could be a step closer after scientists in Leicester revealed they have discovered a chemical which reverses brain degeneration in mice.
The work by the Medical Research Council based in Leicester is the first time brain damage caused by diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinsons has been reversed.
Prof Anne Willis from the Medical Research Council explains how the treatment has restored brain cells to mice.
A charity has given a cautious welcome to the development of a 'promising' potential treatment for degenerative brain diseases, developed by a team at the University of Leicester.
An expert from the Alzheimer's Society said while the possibilities were exciting, there is still a "long way" to go before a drug suitable for use by humans will be produced.
An experimental drug shown to help treat degenerative diseases such as Alzeimer's and Parkinson's by preventing the death of brain neurons will be seen as a 'turning point' in medical history, experts claim.
The study, by the Medical Research Council's toxicology unit at the University of Leicester, saw the drug injected into the stomachs of mice to "flip" a cellular switch from 'off' to 'on', preventing the neurons from dying.
The findings have been welcomed by other experts in the field.
A landmark study by experts at the University of Leicester has raised the prospect of a pill that can treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer's by halting the death of neurons.
The research, performed on sick mice, is at a very early stage and currently the compound has "harmful" side effects, but experts say it provides the "real possibility" of developing a medicine in future.
It could be a decade or more before any such medicine suitable for human patients is developed.