Old Tuberculosis Vaccine May Slow Alzheimer’s Progression
BCG vaccination may inhibit dementia severity
December 24th, 2019 – According to a recent study, bladder cancer patients treated with an old tuberculosis vaccine were significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD) at any age, than patients who were not so treated.
This cancer study’s finding suggests that treating people with the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) might also reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s in the general population.
This is potentially important news, since Alzheimer’s affects 10 percent of seniors older than 65 years of age.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It is a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.