Alzheimer’s Med Seems Ineffective in Those With Down Syndrome

An article in MSN Health this week reports a drug commonly used to treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease does not appear to be effective for people older than 40 years who have Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s, according to a new study.

“Although previous animal studies of the Alzheimer’s drug, memantine, showed promising results in mice with Down syndrome, this new study of people with Down syndrome aged 40 and older revealed the opposite, the researchers reported in the Jan. 9 online edition of The Lancet.

Memantine was given to 88 people with Down syndrome for one year, while another 85 patients received a placebo (the “control” group). Some of the participants had Alzheimer’s and some didn’t.”

Read more about what they found as well as the implications:

http://health.msn.com/health-topics/alzheimers-disease/alzheimers-med-seems-ineffective-in-those-with-down-syndrome

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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