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  1. Form of Vitamin B3 May Help Alzheimer's

    Nov. 4, 2008 -- Nicotinamide, a form of the vitamin B3, may help Alzheimer's patients retain their memory, a study shows. The study was conducted on mice, not people. But clinical trials on humans are under way. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine dissolved nicotinamide in drinking

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  2. Valproic Acid May Treat Alzheimer's

    Oct. 27, 2008 -- Valproic acid, an epilepsy drug also used to treat bipolar disorder, may have benefits against Alzheimer's disease if given before Alzheimer's gets severe, a new study shows. Researchers report that mice genetically at risk for Alzheimer's disease develop less brain plaque (a hallma

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  3. B Vitamins No Help for Alzheimer's

    Oct. 14, 2008 - Clinical trial findings crush hopes that high-dose B vitamins -- folate and vitamins B6 and B12 -- might slow mental decline in people with Alzheimer's disease. The findings come from a study of people who already had mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's. Over 18 months, Alzheimer's disease

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  4. Alzheimer’s: Two Drugs Better Than One

    Sept. 25, 2008 -- Treating Alzheimer's patients with a combination of the two types of drugs now approved for the disease is better than no treatment for delaying the progression of symptoms. That is the finding from one of the first long-term, independent studies to examine the effectiveness of Alz

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  5. Blood Marker Predicts Alzheimer's

    Sept. 8, 2008 -- High blood levels of a plaque peptide may predict Alzheimer's disease in elderly people. The finding comes from a study of 1,125 people who were in their late 70s when their blood was first tested. Four and a half years later, 104 of them had Alzheimer's disease. Those with the high

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  6. PET Scans Spot Early Alzheimer's

    Aug. 11, 2008 -- A special type of positron emission tomography (PET) scan appears to detect abnormal brain proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease. Spotting early brain changes related to Alzheimer's can be a daunting task. Abnormal proteins called beta-amyloid plaques are a hallmark of the di

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  7. Mom's Alzheimer's May Raise Children's Risk

    July 30, 2008 -- If your mother had late-onset Alzheimer's disease, you may be more likely to undergo brain metabolism changes that might lead to Alzheimer's, a new study shows. But that doesn't mean that Alzheimer's disease is definitely in your future, notes researcher Lisa Mosconi, PhD, assistant

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  8. Dimebon Shines as Alzheimer's Therapy

    July 30, 2008 -- Dimebon, a 25-year-old Russian antihistamine, seems to stabilize Alzheimer's disease in an 18-month study, surprising experts at this week's International Conference on Alzheimer's disease. It's not the only experimental Alzheimer's treatment to show promise. That's especially good

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  9. New Tests Could Predict Alzheimer's

    July 29, 2008 -- New tests promise to detect Alzheimer's disease before a person shows signs of dementia, giving treatments their best chance to prevent loss of mental function. The tests aren't yet ready for prime time. But they mark progress in the quest to find ways to identify Alzheimer's diseas

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  10. Can Statins Reduce Risk of Memory Loss?

    July 28, 2008 -- The same drugs that protect against heart attacks and strokes by lowering cholesterol may also protect against age-related memory loss and dementia. In a study that included about 1,700 elderly people, those who took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were about half as likely to dev

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