7/22/2011 7:43:35 AM
An existing anti-seizure drug improves memory and brain function in adults with a form of cognitive impairment that often leads to full-blown Alzheimer’s disease. The findings raise the possibility that doctors will someday be able to use the drug, levetiracetam, already approved for use in epilepsy patients, to slow the abnormal loss of brain function in some aging patients before their condition becomes Alzheimer’s. A Johns Hopkins University research team emphasizes, however, that more studies are necessary before any such recommendation can be made to doctors and patients.
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