February 9, 2012

Skin Cancer Drug Reverses Alzheimer's in Mice

Elizabeth Cohen, writing for CNN.com:

“In the study, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine gave mice mega-doses of bexarotene, a drug used to treat a type of skin cancer called cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Within 72 hours, the mice showed dramatic improvements in memory and more than 50% of amyloid plaque — a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease — had been removed from the brain.”

This was a study on mice. Similar studies have improved the health of Alzheimer's-suffering mice before, yet failed to show efficacy among human subjects. So maybe this won't pan out. But holy crap, what an opportunity.