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Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease

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Scientists are looking for new treatments for Alzheimer’s in clinical trials. These studies test new drugs to see if they can slow the disease from getting worse or improve memory problems or other symptoms. They’re also looking for other ways beyond drugs to treat the disease, such as an Alzheimer’s vaccine.

Many peopled hoped that supplements such as vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, coral calcium, ginkgo biloba, and huperzine A might work well as treatments for the disease. But so far, there’s no evidence that they have any effect. The results of studies on omega-3 fatty acids have been mixed, and scientists are doing more research to look into their effects on Alzheimer’s.

Scientists continue to look for ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s earlier, before symptoms appear, which could help people start treatment sooner.

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on April 25, 2015
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