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Young Blood Could Cure Alzheimer's

Update Date: Aug 26, 2014 08:33 PM EDT
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Young blood could cure Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.

Scientists found evidence that injecting the blood of young people into the bodies of Alzheimer's patients reverses some damages caused by the neurodegenerative disorder, according to the Daily Mail.

After years of animal research, scientists will perform their first human trials this October. Healthy volunteers and patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's will receive blood plasma transfusions from donors under the age of 30. Researchers believe that the transfusion of young blood can significantly improve organ health.

Previous animal studies revealed that injecting young human plasma into old mice seemed to restore brain function and health.

"The human blood had beneficial effects on every organ we've studied so far," said lead investigator Dr. Tony Wyss-Coray of Stanford University told the New Scientist.

"We will assess cognitive function immediately before and for several days after the transfusion, as well as tracking each person for a few months to see if any of their family or carers report any positive effects," he added. "The effects might be transient, but even if it's just for a day it is a proof of concept that is worth pursuing."

Besides Alzheimer's, scientists believe that blood transfusions have the potential to treat cancer and reverse the effects of muscle wasting in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

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