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Results From Drug Trials and New Risk Factors Announced at International Alzheimer's Conference
Date:7/14/2009

VIENNA, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, more than 3,000 leading scientists convened to report and discuss the latest advances in research on treatments, risk factors, diagnosis and causes for the health epidemic of the 21st century -- Alzheimer's disease -- at the Alzheimer's Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna, Austria.

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"The cost of caring for people who have Alzheimer's, and those who will get it, will bankrupt the healthcare system and devastate Medicare and Medicaid," said William Thies, PhD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at the Alzheimer's Association. "Fortunately, the field is progressing and we may soon see changes in the landscape of Alzheimer's diagnosis, care, treatment, and prevention. How fast we get there depends completely on investment in research. We must capitalize on the advances made in the last decade."

Highlights from ICAD 2009 include:

DHA Drug Trials

Results from two large studies using DHA, an omega 3 fatty acid, were reported at ICAD 2009. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is the most abundant omega 3 fatty acid in the brain. An 18-month study in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's by the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) supported by the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA) showed no evidence for benefit in the studied population. The results do not support the routine use of DHA for people with Alzheimer's.

A six month study was conducted by Martek Biosciences Corporation in healthy older people to see DHA's effect on "age related cognitive decline." This trial showed a p
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