Motor Neurone Disease breakthrough: 'Remarkable' new drug can slow down the disease by 70 per cent

Mail Online | 1/11/2019 | Marie-antoinette Issa For Daily Mail Australia
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Australian researchers are optimistic that a new copper capsule may offer Motor Neurone Disease sufferers hope for a cure.

The drug, CuATSM, was trialled on 32 patients in Melbourne and Sydney over 15 years, and appeared to ­slow the progression of MND by 70 per cent.

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It is based on the theory that a decrease of copper in the brain may be a factor in the onset of neurodegenerative diseases

'Copper is just part of the drug,' Professor Ashley Bush, ­director of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health told The Daily Mail.

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'We are working out what the mechanism is now, but the possibilities include delivering a safe amount of copper to where it is needed in the tissue, as well as, mopping up damage to the membranes of neurons, or both.'

The breakthrough is particularly exciting as it is the first of its kind which appears to slow the progression of the disease, rather than just treat the...
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