Application of the Changing Therapies for Alzheimer's Disease in Clinical Practice With the aging of the population has come awareness and recognition of the impact and significance of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). AD, in fact, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States (Katzman, 1976). Coinciding with public awareness, scientific research and interest has broadened our understanding of ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1998
Application of the Changing Therapies for Alzheimer's Disease in Clinical Practice
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  • Marwan N. Sabbagh
    Department of Neurosciences, University of California-San Diego
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Article   |   May 01, 1998
Application of the Changing Therapies for Alzheimer's Disease in Clinical Practice
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, May 1998, Vol. 3, 7-12. doi:10.1044/gero3.1.7
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, May 1998, Vol. 3, 7-12. doi:10.1044/gero3.1.7
With the aging of the population has come awareness and recognition of the impact and significance of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). AD, in fact, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States (Katzman, 1976). Coinciding with public awareness, scientific research and interest has broadened our understanding of the causes. This understanding has allowed new therapies to be developed that could potentially alter the symptoms and disease course of AD.
The present era of therapeutics in AD will one day be looked upon as primitive. Nevertheless, this review underscores current advances in developments of medications for the treatment of AD and their applicability in clinical practice. It focuses on cholinesterase inhibitors, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, estrogen, and gingko biloba in their current application. Experimental therapies are only be discussed briefly.
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