A CURE for dementia was believed to be a step closer yesterday after a new Dementia treatment drug was found to tackle toxins that cause Huntington’s disease.The UK discovery has been hailed as the “biggest breakthrough in 50 years” to treat the inherited condition which causes progressive brain damage. Researchers at University College London (UCL) found the Dementia treatment drug IONISHTTRx lowered levels of toxic proteins in the brain of 46 test patients.
The Dementia treatment drug is injected into patients’ spinal fluid and “silences” the faulty “huntingtin” protein that causes Huntington’s disease. It is believed that targeting and eliminating toxic proteins may help to treat other neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Lead researcher Professor Sarah Tabrizi said: “This is of groundbreaking importance for patients and families. I’ve been seeing patients in my clinic for nearly 20 years and many over that time died.