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Blood pressure drugs could help Alzheimer's

Blood pressure drugs could help Alzheimer's
26th October 2007

Drugs used to treat high blood pressure could help patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists from the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City screened 1,500 commercially-available drugs using mice and found seven of the 55 drugs commonly prescribed for the treatment of hypertension would help prevent beta-amyloid production, which is known to lead to Alzheimer's.

Lead researcher Dr Giulio Maria Pasinetti said: "If we can deliver certain anti-hypertensive drugs to patients at high risk to develop Alzheimer's disease, at doses that do not affect blood pressure, these drugs could be made available for all members of the geriatric population identified as being at high risk for developing Alzheimer's disease."

Dr Pasinetti said further studies would be needed in humans to ensure the hypertension drugs would not interfere with the blood pressure of Alzheimer's disease patients.

There are currently over 700,000 people in the UK with dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Society.

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