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World Alzheimer's Day: Spanish scientists trial vaccine

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World Alzheimer's Day: Spanish scientists trial vaccine


On September the 21 World Alzheimer’s day aims to raise awareness about the most common form of dementia.

Around 36 million people are affected by the disease worldwide, a number which is expected to rise to more than 115 million by 2050.

For now there is no cure but Spanish scientists, who have been working on vaccine, say they could soon start clinical trials on humans.

Researcher, Javier Jorba said: “Our system reacts and generates what we call antibodies that pick up the beta-amynoid protein, which causes the illness, and destroys them.”

“We decided to take the step when we had something solid on the table. That’s the stage we’re at right now, but we don’t want to raise any false expectations”

While any kind of cure or prevention might be some way away, Alzheimer’s associations are hoping that the dedicated day will help to remove some of the stigma that surrounds the disease.

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