Advances in Alzheimer's Disease
25 years ago, we knew very little about Alzheimer's disease.
. .and dementia was considered an inevitable part of aging. Now, even though
Alzheimer's disease is a devastating and progressive brain disorder, ongoing
research provides new information-AND HOPE--regularly.
Progress has been made in understanding the disease, its genetics, and its
early diagnosis and treatment. Hope is focused on the fact that Alzheimer's
disease may not be inevitable after all: recent studies have shown that the
amyloid plaques in the brain which cause Alzheimer's symptoms may be related
to the atherolsclerotic plaques caused by high cholesterol. . .and that taking
certain cholesterol lowering drugs may delay symptoms. Early encouraging research
for women suggested that estrogen replacement therapy might possibly reduce
the risk of developing Alzheimer's, although the recent Women's Health Initiative
study did not support any benefit on brain function or reduced dementia. Promising
studies of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and
even aspirin suggest that they may have a role in decreasing the risk of Alzheimer's.
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Created: 6/8/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.