Asthma Drug Can Be Used to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

A new laboratory study, conducted by researchers from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, finds that the asthma drug salbutamol prevents the formation of tangles of fibrous protein that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.Asthma Drug Can Be Used to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

For the study, scientists screened more than 80 compounds for their ability to block the formation of tangles with the help of a powerful technique called synchrotron radiation circular dichroism.

Lead study author Dr. David Townsend says: “Salbutamol has already undergone extensive human safety reviews, and if follow-up research reveals an ability to impede Alzheimer’s disease progression in cellular and animal models, this drug could offer a step forward, whilst drastically reducing the cost and time associated with typical drug development.”

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