New hope for Alzheimer patients

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Sydney, Mar 16: A new drug that can delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease and improve quality of life for sufferers has been discovered, researchers claim. Conducting a trial on 78 people, it showed patients who took drugs for 12 weeks had improved in their ability to plan and carry out everyday activities, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The drug could be the first to slow or reverse the early effects of Alzheimer's disease, stated Professor Colin Masters, from the Mental Health Research Institute at the University of Melbourne. "Disease modification, where you modify or slow down the rate of decline, is the holy grail because you can potentially delay the onset of the disease if you get in early," he said. Current medications could be used to treat the symptoms of dementia, such as memory loss, but they did not slow or stop the progression of the disease, he added. The experimental drug, PBT2, reduced the amount of a protein associated with Alzheimer's in the cerebrospinal fluid, compared to the placebo.

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