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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.

Pills for Anxiety and Sleep Linked to Alzheimer’s

Long-term use of benzodiazepine medications, widely used to ease anxiety and promote sleep, is tied to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a study of elderly men and women living in Canada found. But whether or not these drugs are … Continue reading

Antidepressant Shows Benefits, and Risks, for Agitation of Alzheimer’s

Agitation is a common problem in people in the more advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but there are few effective treatments to deal with those who have it. Now a new study found that the antidepressant drug citalopram (brand names … Continue reading

Six Medical Tests and Treatments That People With Alzheimer’s May Not Need

Doctors who specialize in treating elderly patients have compiled a list of common medical practices that consumers should talk to their doctors about. Many of their recommendations may be especially relevant for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of … Continue reading

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