New treatment in dogs with dementia could mean hope for humans

05/16/2013 | Australian (tiered subscription model), The

University of Sydney researchers are evaluating a therapy for dementia and Alzheimer's disease using dogs with similar conditions. The study involves harvesting cells from tissue near the dog's stomach, growing millions of progeny cells and transplanting them into the animal's hippocampus, the area of the brain where memories are processed. Researchers expect that within months, signs of dementia will decrease. The study could lead to human trials if successful.

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