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An Existing Drug Shows Promise at Preventing Alzheimer Disease

By jeremyc | August 7, 2018

New evidence suggests an existing drug might be effective at preventing Alzheimer’s from developing. However, this is possible only when the drug is administered much before Alzheimer’s symptoms appear.

Alzheimer’s is much more common than other forms of dementia. It accounts for 60 percent of all dementia cases. It is estimated that nearly 5.7 million people are living with it in the U.S.

As of now there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s. Once the symptoms appear, they usually start deteriorating progressively.

Because Alzheimer’s is incurable, researchers tend to focus a lot on finding a definite answer to the question, “Is it possible to prevent Alzheimer’s from developing?”

This question was the main focus of this research as well, in which experts focused on a particular drug named memantine, which at present is used for managing Alzheimer’s symptoms. The researchers wanted to test if this drug could prevent Alzheimer’s from developing.

The researchers have found that it can, but only when a person uses it much before Alzheimer’s symptoms start appearing.

This drug showed the ability to prevent a process from happening which in turn is the cause of neuron death in the brain in Alzheimer’s.

According to the study author, it will be impossible to cure the disease once the symptoms start appearing and therefore our best bet is to identify people who are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s and then treat them preventatively with drugs so that the silent phase of Alzheimer’s progresses at a very slow rate.

The researchers now are focusing on doing a clinical test to see if this strategy is an effective one or not.

 

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