arah Knapton, Science Editor at The Telegraph pens an important article about yet another positive study about Alzheimer’s disease, treatments and management.
Alzheimer’s sufferers may be able to live with the disease without the devastating symptoms within the next few decades, scientists said as they were awarded the Brain Prize for their work fighting the illness. Professor Michel Goedert, of Cambridge University, who discovered the importance of tau protein in Alzheimer’s said he could see a time when dementia became a chronic illness like HIV. Prof Goedert who shares the one million euro Brain Prize with four colleagues, said: “Alzheimer’s will become something like HIV. It’s still there but it has been contained, or whittled down by drug treatments. “It will disappear as a major problem from society.”
All well and good but it always seems like we are “decades away” from real symptomatic cures. What else can we do but remain positive about each new revelation in every new Alzheimer’s study.
Prof Goedert was awarded the prize alongside Professors John Hardy and Bart De Strooper of University College London who developed the hypothesis that Alzheimer’s is caused by a build-up of amyloid protein in the brain, and Professor Christian Haass of Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. Prof Hardy said in the future, treatments for Alzheimer’s would be taken before the disease developed to prevent symptoms rather than trying to reverse them. Alzheimer’s disease will become manageable like HIV, say award-winning scientists
Let us hope so.
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