Could a simple fungus the silver bullet for Alzheimer’s prevention? A new study that looked at 17 different fungi found that 3 types of fungi effectively blocked the accumulation of tau protein, a protein that is found in clumps in people with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

This research is hopeful but preliminary, and would need to undergo more testing and trials before being used therapeutically. The scientists would also like to find chemical ways to enhance the potency of the fungi to maximize their effectiveness as a treatment.

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