Australia-China researchers eye Asian stroke drug for Alzheimer's disease

Collaborating researchers from Australia and China report that Radicut (edaravone), a drug marketed only in a few Asian countries for treating strokes, may also be useful in treating progressive mental deterioration caused by Alzheimer's disease.

The work led by Xin-Fu Zhou at the University of South Australia with researchers at the Third Military Medical University in China was conducted on a mouse carrying a model of the disease. Zhou said the drug alleviated the disease and improved learning and memory in the test.

The researchers suggested the drug suppresses the oxidative stress that is a main cause of deterioration of the brain.

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