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New drugs could help treat brain conditions

Scientists have developed new drugs which have the potential to treat multiple brain conditions including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis.

The drugs can be taken orally and prevent the damaging effects of inflammation in the brain.

Early results from animal studies suggest the drugs could be effective against a plethora of devastating brain conditions including motor neurone disease, frontotemporal dementia, and complications from traumatic brain injury.



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The drugs work by blocking excess production of damaging immune system signalling molecules called pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Scientists say the drugs offer a completely different approach to treating the disease to others currently being tested.

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