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Could a 100 year old drug for Malaria be the silver bullet cure for Alzheimer’s?

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:38pm
Dr. Claude Wischik, at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, rejected the more frequently researched cause of Alzheimer’s—clumps of amyloid proteins.

While studying the Tau protein, which masses into tangles in diseased brains, Wischik came upon an accidental discovery.

In 1988 he tried to dye these tangles in a test tube with methylene blue, an old malaria drug, in order to make the tangles more visible. Instead, the tangles dissolved.

This surprising result, lead to Rember, a drug his company TauRx created two decades later. Rember may be the silver bullet in significantly reducing memory loss among those with Alzheimer’s.

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