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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.

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

Antibiotic Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer’s

May 3, 2010 An antibiotic called rapamycin, currently used to suppress the immune system in people who receive organ transplants, is showing promise in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The drug restored memory and thinking skills in mice that had … Continue reading

Some Blood Pressure Drugs May Help Protect Against Alzheimer’s

April 6, 2010 Certain medications commonly used to treat high blood pressure may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, a new study found. The drugs may also help to slow progression of symptoms in those who already have Alzheimer’s disease. Using … Continue reading

F.D.A. Approves New Generic Form of Aricept

Aricept, the widely prescribed drug for early to middle stages Alzheimer’s disease, is now available in a generic form that dissolves on the tongue, after the Food and Drug Administration approved the generic drug for sale in the United States… Continue reading

Imaging Test May Predict Progression to Alzheimer’s

An imaging agent called Pittsburgh compound B may allow doctors to detect Alzheimer’s at very early stages, before memory loss and other symptoms become evident… Continue reading

Teaching Those with Alzheimer’s to Separate the Forest from the Trees

The findings suggest that there it may be possible to train those with Alzheimer’s in more effective strategies for recalling vital information. Continue reading

Common Pain Relievers Ineffective Against Alzheimer’s

Popular painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen did nothing to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly men and women who were taking the drugs for arthritis and other painful conditions… Continue reading

Drug Cocktail May Slow Alzheimer’s

Memantine is marketed for moderate-to-severe Alzheimer’s, but two recent studies suggest it is effective for all stages of the disease when used in combination with any one of the older Alzheimer’s drugs. Continue reading