A new way to breach the blood-brain barrier

Research suggests a single drug might create temporary access for medicines to treat neurological, other diseases

By Laura Sanders, 15:59 PM September 13, 2011

Researchers have found a new way to make a temporary chink in the brain’s armor, opening the door for treatments to get in. The results of a rodent study, published September 14 in the Journal of Neuroscience, may highlight a method to sneak therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, HIV and cancer past the blood-brain barrier.

“It’s a very interesting development,” says Celia Brosnan of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. “It has considerable potential, but obviousl...

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