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What works, and what doesn’t, in the battle against Alzheimer’s: A look at new medications and novel therapies undergoing testing and development.

Petri Dish Breakthrough May Hasten Search for Treatments and a Cure

A team of Boston scientists have discovered a way to grow human brain cells in a petri dish, which will open the door for much faster testing of Alzheimer’s drug candidates. By Sam Gaines They’re calling it “Alzheimer’s in a … Continue reading

New Drug Shows Mixed Results Against Early Alzheimer’s

A new drug designed to treat Alzheimer’s disease showed mixed results in a mid-stage study designed to test safety and effectiveness. The drug, crenezumab, showed some success in slowing the decline in thinking and memory skills in people in the … Continue reading

B Vitamins Fail to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Many people take B vitamins in the hopes of warding off Alzheimer’s disease and keeping the mind sharp. But a new analysis found that taking B vitamins did not slow mental decline with aging or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. … Continue reading

Second Brain Imaging Drug Approved for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new brain imaging drug for use in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, the second such drug to be approved for use in the United States. The approval expands options for those undergoing brain … Continue reading

Solanezumab to Be Tested in Large Trial for Early Alzheimer’s

The drug maker Eli Lilly is proceeding with trials of an experimental drug called solanezumab to treat early Alzheimer’s, despite earlier research in which the drug had failed to meet study goals. In earlier research the drug had shown hints … Continue reading

Can Vitamin E Slow Alzheimer’s Decline?

An intriguing new study suggests that vitamin E supplements may be helpful to patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Those who took the vitamin were better able to carry out activities like getting dressed, bathing and having a meal … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Drugs May Have Heart Benefits

Medications commonly used to treat Alzheimer’s disease may have another benefit: they may reduce the risk of having a heart attack. Drugs like donepezil (brand name Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon) and galantamine (Reminyl) are commonly given to those in the earlier … Continue reading

Experimental Drug Solanezumab Shows Hints of Promise

An experimental drug showed promise of slowing cognitive decline in people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, though the benefits were modest and the drug did not meet its main testing goals in a study of patients with mild to … Continue reading

Blood Pressure Drugs May Help Slow Alzheimer’s

Doctors found that patients taking a certain class of drugs used to treat high blood pressure had less of the brain plaque characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease after they died. The findings suggest that the drugs, known as angiotensin receptor blockers, … Continue reading

Drug Makers Halt Testing of Bapineuzumab for Alzheimer’s

Makers of the experimental drug bapineuzumab, which earlier studies suggested might be beneficial in fighting Alzheimer’s disease, announced that they had halted testing of the drug. The announcement came after late-stage testing found that it did not show benefits in … Continue reading