World' first Alzheimer's treatment ready for trial in Australia
A test being conducted in Western Australia for preventing and delaying Alzheimer's disease, which will combine testosterone and fish oil, is ready to go on trial.
About 400 WA men over the age of 60 are needed for the world-first clinical trial to prevent or postpone Alzheimer's, the Herald Sun reported.
The study will investigate the effects of a combined treatment of testosterone and a fish-oil component on people who had memory problems, which indicated a risk of the disease.
Led by internationally-renowned, WA-based expert Professor Ralph Martins from Perth's McCusker Alzheimer's Research Foundation, the study has already had 200 calls from people interested in participating.
According to Prof Martins, those people would need to be screened, but from the level of interest received so far, he was confident the trial would have the number of participants it needs for the 14-month trial.
He said that participants would be asked to make contact with the research centre every 10 to 12 weeks for an injection.
Prof Martins said the new treatment was aimed at getting in early before any primary damage to brain cells.
He said people looking for a miracle pill to cure Alzheimer's would not find it, but future treatments could include combined efforts including fish oil, which he believed would be a major player in preventing and delaying the onslaught of the disease.