New Alzheimer's Treatments That May Ease the Mind

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Science  23 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5585, pp. 1260-1262
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5585.1260

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STOCKHOLM-- Alzheimer's researchers gathered here last month with a sense of urgency and optimism about possible treatments--and perhaps preventions--for the mind-robbing disease. The 4000 attendees heard about progress on several fronts, including possible vaccines and treatments aimed at either blocking formation of b amyloid, a small peptide thought to trigger the loss of brain neurons, or at dissolving the abnormal b-amyloid deposits that are a hallmark of the disease. This special focus also explores a debate over which drugs to test in a prevention trial.