Drugs, whales and skateboarding
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Unprecedented Alzheimer’s drug slows disease by 80 per cent And we start with news from the New Scientist, about a drug that’s been 30 years in development, but which seems to be having a big effect on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The drug, called LMTX is producing promising results for people with mild to moderate symptoms, and has so far been tested on nearly 900 people, against a placebo. Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Its funds helped discover the gene linked to motor neurone disease In other medical news, d’you remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Well, it turns out that apart from it being an excuse to see cold celebrities, it actually raised enough money to fund a study which has now discovered the gene responsible for motor neurone disease, or as some call it, ALS. The gene, NEK1 now gives scientists a new potential target for developing therapies. Orca cries out for people to help her, humans answer with 6-hour rescue When a killer whale washed up on the rocks after getting caught out…