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Improving The Quality Of Life For Alzheimer’s Patients

August 21, 2010

Most Alzheimer’s disease patients show some signs of agitation and as Alzheimer’s disease progresses through its later stages, as many as 75% of patients begin to exhibit aggressive or agitative behaviors, which are often treated with potent antipsychotic drugs. While useful, these drugs may cause incapacitating side effects. Building on two decades of research, Fisher Center Foundation scientists are exploring the mechanisms by which these antipsychotic drugs work in an effort to develop new and safer “anti-agitation” therapies that will improve the quality of life for patients while easing the burden on caregivers.

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