MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In Health Watch, doctors at the Mayo Clinic have made a major discovery in the fight to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. They have uncovered a new link between a protein in the brain and the disease.
Mayo Clinic made the announcement Thursday after four years of study.READ MORE: 'When Is Enough Enough?': Minneapolis Community Calls For Change After 2 Kids Shot In The Head
They say the key to the disease may be the protein called TDP-43. What Mayo researchers found is that when that protein becomes abnormal, a person is more likely to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s.READ MORE: Twin Cities Concert Bookers 'Working Fast And Furious' To Bring In Shows As COVID Restrictions End
The next step will be for doctors to develop a test to identify that abnormal protein in a patient and then develop drugs that can target it.MORE NEWS: 'It Was Love At First Sight': Amelia Santaniello's Love Letter To Minnesota
The Mayo Clinic says it will be “another few years” before they can create the test and drug.