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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.

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

Anti-psychotic Drugs Pose Fatal Risks in People With Alzheimer’s

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease who take antipsychotic drugs may be at increased risk for death. Continue reading

Razadyne Shows Modest Benefits for Severe Alzheimer’s

People in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from the drug galantamine, according to a large new study from Europe. Continue reading

B Vitamins Show No Benefits for Slowing the Decline of Alzheimer’s

High doses of B vitamins did not slow thinking and memory declines in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a rigorous new report. Continue reading