Extract taken from BBC News Health section
Drugs used to calm inflammation in psoriasis may also help to combat the effects of Alzheimer's disease, a study on mice suggests.
Tests showed the short-term memory of the animals improved when given similar drugs, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine. The build-up of proteins thought to destroy brain cells was also reduced.
Drugs which target the same system have already been tested on people with psoriasis. The authors said: "Now, the goal is to bring the new therapeutic approach to Alzheimer patients quickly."
Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "There is increasing evidence that inflammation is a key player in Alzheimer's and it is an exciting area for researchers working to defeat this devastating disease.
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