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Anti-aging effects seen in experimental Alzheimer's disease drug

(UPI) Most drugs used to treat Alzheimer's disease are aimed at amyloid plaque in the brain that builds up over time. Researchers at the Salk Institute found an experimental drug aimed at reducing the effects of aging reversed symptoms of the disease in mice.
The researchers opted to target aging because it is one of the major causes for development of Alzheimer's disease. They said to correct some of the effects of aging made sense because while plaques are a hallmark of the disease, many treatments developed against them have proven to be less than effective.
"Initially, the impetus was to test this drug in a novel animal model that was more similar to 99 percent of Alzheimer's cases," Dr. Antonio Currais, a research assistant at the Salk Institute, said in a press release. "We did not predict we'd see this sort of anti-aging effect, but J147 made old mice look like they were young, based upon a number of physiological parameters."
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