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Swedish study offers Alzheimer's vaccine hope

Published: 06 Jun 2012 09:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Jun 2012 09:17 GMT+02:00

Eight out of ten volunteers developed antibodies against beta amyloid, a substance that kills brain cells and causes the disease, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter daily.

"There are two important results of this study. Patients have formed antibodies, while they do not have any side effects," explained Kaj Blennow at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg, one of the researchers behind the study.

The first test of a Alzheimer's vaccine was tested on humans some ten years ago. The trials were however suspended following the emergence of serious side effects, with several of the subjects suffering from encephalitis.

The difference between that study and the one published on Wednesday, is that only selected parts of more than 40 amino acid long amyloid beta peptides have been used.

This has affected the harmful amyloid beta peptides but without serious side effects.

The study was conducted under the guidance of Professor Bengt Winblad at Karolinska Institutet's Alzheimer's Center in Huddinge, together with brain scientists in the research network Swedish Brain Power.

Any vaccine developed as a result of this study would in the future primarily be used by patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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17:34 June 6, 2012 by gpafledthis
NOT so sure about this - First thing I want to "unremember" is malmo !!
17:46 June 6, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
They should give gpafledthis an injection, he surely needs something to take the edge off his Alzheimers. Who knows, he might even become capable of forming coherent sentences.
18:43 June 6, 2012 by libertarianism
Good to read some promising medical news. Fingers crossed! Thumbs held! Could be so positive for so many families.

Plus, Tarc the Mexan might remember how to spell his/her name again! :)
19:08 June 6, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#3: "Tarc the Mexan might remember how to spell his/her name again! :)"

A libertarian resorting to low-brow, ad hominem remarks. Colour me unsurprised.
19:56 June 6, 2012 by gpafledthis
anyone notice "Olly" is not mentioned in Wiki ??
21:47 June 6, 2012 by libertarianism
Re 4, Was nothing personal, just couldn't resist the contexts. :)

Olly??
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