Alzheimer's Vaccine: January 2007 Archives

Alzheimer's vaccine 'in a patch'


A patch which delivers a vaccine against Alzheimer's disease through the skin has been shown to be safe and effective, a study has found.

University of South Florida researchers reported the patch was able to clear brain-damaging plaques from mice.

They say it may be a simpler way of protecting people against the disease than a conventional injected vaccine.

UK experts said the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study was "potentially very exciting".

Alzheimer's is linked with the build up of a protein called beta amyloid in the brain, where it clumps together to form damaging plaques.