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Prostate Drug Slows Memory Decline In Women With Alzheimer’s

 

A medication commonly given to stop the spread of prostate cancer in men showed promise in slowing memory loss in women with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease. The drug, known as Lupron Depot (or lepuprolide acetate), alters the production of sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen.

“This is the first time any therapy has been shown to stabilize memory loss over a year,” said Dr. Craig Atwood, co-lead author of the study and associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation