Research NewsEstrogen

A New Weapon Against Alzheimer's?

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Science  02 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5313, pp. 676-677
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5313.676

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Clinical and epidemiological studies suggest that estrogen--which has a variety of effects on brain neurons--may be useful both for treating and preventing Alzheimer's. Researchers would like to see those results confirmed in larger studies, but are already becoming "cautiously optimistic" about estrogen's role in defending against the disease.