Alzheimer’s is a terrible degenerative disease of the brain that strikes the elderly, but it’s not exclusive to seniors—early onset Alzheimer’s disease can strike those that are much younger. It is considered the worst form of dementia, which affects memory and other cognitive functions.
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What’s worse is that this disease is progressive, and as it worsens, the patient loses their sense of environment and the ability to carry on conversations. Current numbers estimate that more than 5-million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s, with the vast majority older than 65. Here are 8 promising breakthroughs to mark Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in September…
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1. A Pill to Halt Progress?
The year 2016 has been an exciting year for Alzheimer’s research. In July, scientists announced the success of a pill that can stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks when taken twice daily. An article in The Telegraph cited a trial study that showed mental decline in participants had halted for 18 months during treatment.
The drug is called LMTX and it allowed the patients to continue performing everyday tasks with no marked decline in brain function, adds the source. Brain atrophy (shrinkage) is also slowed by the drug, which differs from results from other medications. The studies of this potential treatment continue.