An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease (2011). This figure includes 5.2 million people aged 65 and older and 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have familial or early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Groundbreaking vaccine that could cut cases of Alzheimer's disease by half has been discovered.
The jab developed by scientists in Sweden could delay the onset of the debilitating illness and be the first step towards finding a cure.
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and attacks nerves, brain cells and neurotransmitters that carry messages to and from the brain.
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In an accompanying article, Thomas Wisniewski from the New York School of Medicine wrote: 'Development of an immunotherapy that can delay Alzheimer’s disease onset by five years would reduce the prevalence of the disease by half.
'This new vaccine comes as a promising addition to what will probably be a long road to the ultimate successful immunotherapy.'
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