Developing preventative treatment for dementia

KYW Staff
January 17, 2020 - 5:02 pm

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of age-related dementia, affecting about 5.7 million people in the U.S. 

For years, there has been hope to develop a preventive treatment for dementia. We know that "brain plaque" is part of the development of certain forms of dementia. 

In addition, a protein called tau is also associated with the development of dementia. Now, there is news of new research to develop effective therapy via a new vaccine to remove "brain plaque" and tau protein. 

The work is very new in development, but the hope is that one day a vaccine could be developed and introduced into the patients to attack dementia at the earliest stages.