Possible new therapy option for Alzheimer's patients


POSTED: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 8:01am

UPDATED: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 1:06pm

Researchers at the University of North Texas are finding value in a therapy previously dismissed as a way to fight Alzheimer's disease.

At the UNT Health Sciences Centers Bio-Health Facility in Fort Worth, researchers are working to find that cure by looking closer at hormone therapy, a tool largely dismissed as a weapon against Alzheimer's following a 2002 women's health initiative study.

"These hormones may in fact be a viable treatment option for staving off the disease, reducing the risk, and addressing the various burdens associated with Alzheimer's disease," states Dr. Sonny Singh, a researcher at the facility.

Singh says researchers have found that estrogen and progesterone may be part of a solution for some women under some circumstances with Alzheimer's. When fighting a disease as complicated as Alzheimer's, all avenues, even for a small select group of patients must be looked at.

While researchers here continue to investigate the potential of hormones, patients and their loved ones believe their work will lead to that ever elusive cure.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and could cost $1 trillion a year to treat by 2050.


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