Springfield Doctors Working on Breakthrough Alzheimer's Study



Springfield - It's a disease that affects millions of people in the U.S., and every year more and more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  

Now a clinical study at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield is helping doctors diagnose Alzheimer's as early as 25 years before symptoms even show up, giving doctors and patients alike hope that someday there will be a cure.

The numbers speak for themselves.

Five million people in the U.S. live with Alzheimer's or dementia.

At the age of 80, your chances of having Alzheimer's is about 50%.

Doctors at the SIU School of Medicine are testing a new drug that will help find what causes Alzheimer's.

It will locate a protein in a patient's brain, and doctors will use that to start researching how to prevent, or cure, Alzheimer's.

"The pieces of the puzzle are coming together, unfortunately we don't have a strong clue for right now.  There are more and more treatments that seem to be helping, but we don't exactly what Alzheimer's in all cases," Dr. Tom Ala told WAND News.

While the patients in the study only have about six months to live, their contributions to the study could help millions of people.


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