Dr. Eric Reiman shares what steps he is taking to find an Alzheimer's disease prevention therapy and what complications he is encountering.
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Dr. Eric Reiman's Efforts to Create Alzheimer's disease Prevention Therapy On given the devastating effect that Alzheimer’s disease takes on patients and families and the sky rocketing numbers of patients will be afflicted as more of us live to older ages. There's an urgent need to find treatment not just to stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks in affected patients but to prevent it. furthermore its been suggested that some of the promising treatments that are now being investigated in clinical trials in patients may have a more profound benefit if started before the onset of symptoms when we have less severe brain pathology. So there are numbers of investigational treatments were excited about for prevention and in addition there are number of other already available medications, dietary supplements and other healthy lifestyle interventions that just might have the possibility of reducing a persons risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately we don’t know for sure which of these treatments are effective because right now would take too many healthy people on a clinical trial. Too many years, one with the life of a drug companies patent and too much money to wait in a clinical trial to see if those people receiving this sugar pill to have enough people who develop Alzheimer’s disease to see if the treatments work. We need new techniques to evaluate the ability to slow down the brain changes without having to wait to see if somebody will go on to develop symptoms. So we have been developing a strategy in which we’ve been using brain imaging techniques and other biologic markers of the disease.