HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Alzheimer's drug improves memory of MS patients

ST. PAUL, Minn. Taking a drug used for Alzheimer's disease may improve the memory of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published in the November 9 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

About half of all MS patients experience problems with memory and other cognitive functions. These problems are a leading cause of disability for people with MS. There are currently no drugs to treat this symptom of MS.

The study involved 69 people with MS and mild cognitive problems. Half of the participants took the drug donepezil for 24 weeks and the other half took a placebo. The participants were given tests of memory and other cognitive functions at the beginning and end of the study.

At the end of the study, those taking donepezil improved by an average of 14 percent on the memory test, compared to a 3-percent improvement for those taking the placebo. And 66 percent of those taking the drug felt that their memory had improved, compared to 32 percent of those taking the placebo.

"The possibility that memory and cognitive impairment in MS could benefit from drug treatment is of major importance to patients and their families," said study author and neurologist Lauren Krupp, MD, of Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. "Any treatment that would enhance their ability to meet the mental challenges of their daily lives would be helpful."

Krupp said that a larger study should be done to confirm these results.

"MS patients typically take several drugs already, so before any new treatment is added for symptoms, we should have strong evidence that it will truly be beneficial," she said.

There were no serious side effects from the drug. Those taking donepezil were more likely to have unusual or abnormal dreams than those taking the placebo.

The researchers don't know how donepezil may work in the brain to help improve memory in people with MS. Donepezi
'"/>

Contact: Marilee Reu
mreu@aan.com
651-695-2789
American Academy of Neurology
8-Nov-2004


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Chemical decoy shows promise for slowing Alzheimers by acting as decoy
2. Neuronal death and processing of Tau protein in Alzheimers disease
3. Researchers discover link between insulin and Alzheimers
4. New trials for counseling caregivers and patients with Alzheimers begin
5. Marijuana ingredient may stall decline from Alzheimers
6. Drugs used to treat Alzheimers in nursing homes are worsening sufferers illness
7. UT Southwestern doctors track Oklahoma Alzheimers patients via telemedicine
8. Contrary to previous findings, smoking is detrimental to patients with Alzheimers
9. Nanoscale diagnostic sets sights on Alzheimers
10. New test is first step in early detection of Alzheimers disease
11. Older people with the Alzheimers gene find it harder to remember to remember even if healthy

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Alzheimer drug improves memory patients

(Date:3/2/2015)... 2015 Gummy smile reduction expert, ... reshaping can involve one or several procedures to reduce the ... tissue for a more even gum line. Dr. Farnoosh is ... that can permanently lighten discolored or naturally dark gums. ... involves a personalized treatment plan to address a patient’s specific ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... SAN ANTONIO (PRWEB) March 02, 2015 ... as quality processes, customer service, pricing and long-term strategy, ... as its vendor of choice for member centers’ testing ... blood centers and represents more than 30 percent of ... recent member meeting. , “BCA is committed to drive ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... York, New York (PRWEB) March 02, 2015 ... Creative Recovery at Recovery Unplugged™—will be delivering a ... A Singer/Songwriter's Perspective on the Art of Healing ... Addiction Disorders (NCAD) and Behavioral Healthcare Executive Summit ... his name, Mr. Supa’s songs have been recorded ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... 2015 Over the last five years ... vendors seeking to expand their geographic presence and achieve ... to reach $6.2 billion by 2019 at CAGR of ... the U.S. and Canada and a major part of ... regions such as Asia-Pacific including China and India, Latin ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... The minimally invasive surgical instruments market ... 6.1% to reach $14,133.0 million by 2019 from ... as advantages of minimally invasive surgeries over traditional ... invasive surgeries and increasing number of surgical procedures ... minimally invasive surgical instruments market. , For More ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Gummy Smile Expert, Dr. Alex Farnoosh, is Now Offering Gum Reshaping Procedures 2Health News:Blood Centers of America Chooses QualTex Laboratories as Vendor of Choice 2Health News:Blood Centers of America Chooses QualTex Laboratories as Vendor of Choice 3Health News:Richie Supa Announced as a Plenary Speaker at NCAD 2015 2Health News:Therapeutic Ultrasound Devices Market worth $6.2 Billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Health News:Therapeutic Ultrasound Devices Market worth $6.2 Billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Health News:Minimally Invasive Surgical Instrument Market - Global Forecast to 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2
(Date:3/2/2015)... , March 2, 2015   Polymedco is committed to ...  During CRC Awareness Month, we are offering all existing ... , Posters – to be hung in ... CRC Patient Brochures with Stand – to be placed ... – to be put on/in patient charts as a ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... 2015  Kush Bottles, North America,s ... for the marijuana industry, announced today that its CEO ... nominated for a 2015 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award.  ... is designed to recognize individuals who exemplify the ... creativity and determination, have established and nurtured successful ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... NEW YORK , March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... LLC is investigating potential claims on behalf of ... ("Vitae Pharmaceuticals" or the "Company") (NasdaqGM: VTAE -News).  ... Bronstein or his investor relations coordinator ... 212-697-6484. The investigation concerns whether Vitae ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Polymedco CDP, LLC. Promotes March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 2Kush Bottles CEO, Nicholas Kovacevich, Nominated for 2015 "Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award" 2SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC Announces Investigation of Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2
Cached News: