Health: Delaying Alzheimer's

In a new study, Aricept held it off for 18 months. Is this drug right for you?

There were no cures or miracle breakthroughs reported at the big Alzheimer's conference in Philadelphia last week, but there were glimmers of hope for the families of the 4.5 million Americans who suffer from the disease.

The best news was that scientists have found--for the first time--a drug that delays the onset of Alzheimer's in patients with mild cognitive impairment. These are people who have memory problems (slips of the tongue, brief memory lapses) but can still balance a checkbook or prepare a meal. The drug they were given, Pfizer's Aricept, is widely prescribed for patients who already have Alzheimer's....

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