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Prove effective in preventing Alzheimer antiepileptic drug

Washington, July 21 (PL) An epilepsy drug showed positive results in the retention of memory in older adults with mild cognitive impairment, one of the halls of Alzheimer's. This was confirmed by specialists from Johns Hopkins University, a recent study levetiracetam, aimed at testing how to slow the progressive loss of brain function in the elderly. In trials with 34 older adults suffering from mild cognitive impairment and healthy ones, was given a sequence of treatments over a couple of weeks of a dose levetiracetam low during one phase and a placebo for the other, the authors explain in their paper. At each stage was assessed participants' memory and brain scans underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging, stand out. The results showed that subjects with memory loss who took the drug showed devoid of active substance in the cerebral hyperactivity of the hippocampus, they say. But when they took levetiracetam decreased the activity at the same level as that of healthy subjects. They also said improvements in tests of memory, stress. The effect demonstrated in the study "was like we pulled off the accelerator or brake pedal is depressed, stressed an author Michela Gallagher. This may slow the progression to Alzheimer's said. neurodegenerative disease, Alzheimer's disease manifests as cognitive impairment and behavioral disorders. In its typical form is characterized by a progressive loss of memory and other mental abilities, as nerve cells die and different areas of the brain atrophy. lac / alb