Alzheimer’s: Searching for a Cure
Linda Bren’s article written to How to Health discusses the progression of medical research to cure this disease. Prescription drugs are used for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. These drugs increase the chemical level in the brain that nerves use to communicate with each other.
Scientists continue to search for treatments to slow the progress of AD and to hold the disease off as long as possible. “If you could delay the onset of symptoms by five years, the total number of new cases projected into the future would be cut in half,” says Steven Ferris, Ph.D., director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the New York University School of Medicine. “Within the next five to 10 years, we will at least be able to slow down the disease in people who already have symptoms and do a much better job at identifying people at high risk of getting Alzheimer’s who do not yet have symptoms,” Ferris predicts. And once new treatments come along to slow down the disease, those treatments may be given to people at high risk, he adds, so a growing number of people will live longer but not long enough to get AD.
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