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Alzheimer’s ‘A-4’ Study Seeks 1,000 Participants

By: Dr. Joette Giovinco, FOX 13 Medical Reporter

A new study here in the Bay Area might change when patients get plaque-busting medications, granting early access to prescription drugs long before the heartbreaking signs of dementia.

The clinical trial is called A4, short for Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's. It will help researchers determine whether a new drug can help slow memory loss by attacking the sticky amyloid buildups in the brain.

"We always considered Alzheimer's to be dementia. Now we realize that it builds up over decades before the first symptoms appear," explained Dr. Amanda Smith, medical director at the University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer's Institute.


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