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New Alzheimer's prevention revealed

28th December 2006

A new study has indicated that neuroprotection could help prevent the formation of Alzheimer's disease.

According to a report in the PLoS ONE journal, an investigation consisting of 26 studies on a total of 60,000 subjects found that the use of even mild neuroprotective drugs can dramatically reduce the number of Alzheimer's cases.

The findings are the result of work led by Dr de la Fuente-Fernandez, a neurologist at the A Marcide hospital in Ferrol, Spain, who has produced a mathematical formula that allows researchers to test the possible benefits of neuroprotective medicines.

However, Dr de la Fuente-Fernandez insisted that the best way to ward off the disease continues to be a combination of intellectual activity and education.

It is thought that actively engaging the brain can help build up a strong "cognitive reserve".

Researchers believe that a five per cent increase in this reserve could prevent a third of all cases of Alzheimer's.