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An Antibiotic to Treat Alzheimer's?

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Science  17 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5495, pp. 1273-1274
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5495.1273a

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NEW ORLEANS-- An antibiotic once used to treat traveler's diarrhea might battle Alzheimer's disease as well, researchers announced here last week at the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting. The drug dissolves Alzheimer's-like plaques in mouse brains, apparently by trapping the copper and zinc that stud these deposits. A clinical trial to test whether the drug helps people with Alzheimer's is already under way.