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The fountain of youth may have just been located.
An experimental drug being tested on mice while working on Alzheimer's research has been found to have powerful, and unexpected, side effects on aging.
The Salk Institute for Biological Research wasn’t looking for a youth drug, but they may have something here.
A drug candidate they were testing, J147, though, had some rather dramatic effects on the mice:
"…the team showed that the drug candidate worked well in a mouse model of aging not typically used in Alzheimer’s research. When these mice were treated with J147, they had better memory and cognition, healthier blood vessels in the brain and other improved physiological features…"
The drug is essentially preventing certain metabolic changes that come standard with aging, from leaking blood vessels to memory loss. While this isn't quite the breakthrough they were looking for in regards curing Alzheimer's, we are heading in a positive direction.