Monday, July 30, 2007

Drug for mild to moderate Alzheimer's also helps severe disease: study

From Canada East:
A drug used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's can also ease some symptoms in people with a more advanced stage of the condition, helping patients and their caregivers to better cope with the effects of the debilitating neurological disease, a Canadian-led international study has found.

While the drug donepezil does not arrest the progression of Alzheimer's disease, the study found it improved the memory and overall functioning of those taking the medication compared with patients given a placebo.

"So it slows down what we call the symptomatic progression of the disease," said principal investigator Dr. Sandra Black, a neurologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. ...more

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