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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.

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

Fish Oil Supplements May Boost Brain Health

Many people take fish oil supplements for heart health, and there is some research to suggest that fish oils may be good for the brain as well. Now researchers have shown that fish oil supplements may affect parts of the … Continue reading

High Doses of Alzheimer’s Drug Should Be Avoided, Advocacy Group Says

High doses of the Alzheimer’s drug Aricept should be avoided by some Alzheimer’s patients because of the risk of potentially serious side effects, according to the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. The drug, also known by its generic name donepezil, … Continue reading

Fisher Center Scientists Show That Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Reduce Effectiveness of SSRI Antidepressants

Fisher Center Scientists Show That Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Reduce Effectiveness of SSRI Antidepressants Scientists at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research at The Rockefeller University, led by Paul Greengard, Ph.D., and Jennifer Warner-Schmidt, Ph.D., have shown that anti-inflammatory drugs, which include … Continue reading

Studying Magnets to Aid the Brain

Can magnets help the brain work better in those with Alzheimer’s disease? Preliminary studies suggest they may. A technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or T.M.S., is under investigation as a possible tool for slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In … Continue reading

New Extended-Release Form of Namenda Is Approved

An extended-release form of Namenda, the drug used to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The approval clears the way for the drug to be sold in U.S. pharmacies. Namenda, also … Continue reading

What Brain Scans and Gene Studies Can Teach Us About Alzheimer’s

Gene researchers have discovered several genes that may play a role in Alzheimer’s, and doctors who study the brain using imaging scans have identified changes in certain brain structures that may also be associated with the disease. Now, scientists have … Continue reading