Sugar Pills for Alzheimer's?

Not really, but according to a new study they’re just as good at treating Alzheimer’s disease as commonly prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Amanda Gardner of HealthDay News reports:
Antipsychotic drugs, which are commonly prescribed to treat psychosis, agitation and aggression in Alzheimer's patients, are essentially no more effective than a sugar pill, new research suggests.
Gardner’s report does point out that two of the drugs tested in the study did combat some symptoms of the disease, but severe side effects outweighed their advantages.

DiseaseProof’s Alzheimer’s archive has more.
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Jackie Danicki - October 21, 2006 7:34 PM

Two recent studies have also shown that smoking is beneficial in fighting Alzheimers...which should put the "ban everything" brigade into a bind. (I'm not a smoker, never have been, and hate the smell, but think people should be free to make their own stupid choices. It's also a bad idea to act as if we know all there is to know about science when we propose such bans.)

Peter - October 22, 2006 10:44 AM

Jackie, could you please give the name of the study you reference above, and even better, a URL or something?

It seems that a more recent and complete study has rejected this idea.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/720903.stm

bob - April 29, 2007 4:07 PM

maybe theres something in the cigarette that helps them, like something we dont even know about or understand quite yet.

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