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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.

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

Low-Dose Aspirin May Benefit the Brain

Do you take a daily baby aspirin to prevent heart disease? It may be good for your brain as well, a new study suggests. An analysis of elderly Swedish women at high risk for cardiovascular disease found that regularly taking … Continue reading

Three Drugs to Be Tested to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Scientists have chosen three drugs to be tested as a way to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in people who are genetically predisposed to get the disease at an early age. If one or more of the medications prove to … Continue reading

Gammagard Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer’s

An immune system drug called Gammagard showed initial promise against stemming the decline of Alzheimer’s disease in an early-stage trial in a very small number of patients. Much more testing will be needed, but scientists are cautiously optimistic that the … Continue reading

Antioxidant Pills Ineffective in Alzheimer’s Study

Many people take antioxidant supplements like vitamins C and E in the hopes of warding off Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases of aging. But in a new study, published in the Archives of Neurology, researchers report that a four-month course … Continue reading

Aricept Helps People With Moderate to Severe Alzheimer’s

Millions of people with early to moderate Alzheimer’s disease take drugs like Aricept (generic name donepezil), which are approved to help soften the symptoms of the disease early in its course. But should these drugs be continued as the disease … Continue reading

Hospital Stays Are Common for Dementia Sufferers

People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are much more likely to be hospitalized for a range of illnesses than those without dementia, a new study finds. And in many cases, the hospitalizations could have been prevented. The findings … Continue reading

New Drug, Gantenerumab, Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer’s

An experimental drug showed early promise in fighting Alzheimer’s. The drug, called gantenerumab, lowered levels of a toxic protein that builds up in the brains of those with the disease. Scientists hope that diminishing levels of the toxic protein, called … Continue reading