New shot at treat­ing Alzheimer’s pa­tients

The Independent on Saturday - - LIFESTYLE -

A BRAIN-BOOST­ING in­jec­tion which boasts the ben­e­fits of a work­out could be de­vel­oped for those at risk of Alzheimer’s.

Ex­er­cise has been widely hailed as a pos­i­tive step in keep­ing the dis­ease at bay, and irisin, a hor­mone re­leased dur­ing ex­er­cise, is now thought to be the key.

Dr Fer­nanda Felice, who pro­duced the study, done on mice, said: “If re­searchers are able to move to hu­man clin­i­cal stud­ies, in the fu­ture there could be an in­jec­tion of irisin which could help el­derly peo­ple who can­not ex­er­cise.”

It is hoped irisin could work to pre­vent the dis­ease get­ting worse in those al­ready af­fected. | Daily Mail

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