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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.

Blood Test Offers Hope for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

A novel blood test offers hope for diagnosing Alzheimer’s at its earliest stages, up to 10 years before symptoms like memory loss and confusion take hold. The test needs additional study but, if proven effective, could be useful for identifying … Continue reading

Brain ‘Pacemaker’ Is Being Tested for Alzheimer’s Disease

Surgeons are testing a procedure called deep brain stimulation for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The technique, which acts like a pacemaker for the brain, has shown promise in easing the movement problems and other symptoms of … Continue reading

In Advanced Alzheimer’s, Too Many Medications

More than half of nursing home residents with advanced Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia are taking at least one prescription drug they do not need. The findings come from a countrywide survey of 460 nursing homes that linked … Continue reading

Rare Case Offers Hope for New Alzheimer’s Therapies

For about 20 years, the gene known as APOE has been recognized as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. People who inherit a variant of the APOE gene known as APOE-E4 from a parent are at up to five times … Continue reading

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