Epilepsy drug may reverse memory loss of potential Alzheimer’s patients

March 12, 2015 3:19 PM

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Epilepsy drug may reverse memory loss of potential Alzheimer’s patients

A common epilepsy drug may reverse a condition that impairs memory in elderly patients and increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a study published this week in the journal NeuroImage: Clinical.

The drug, atypical antiepileptic levetiracetam, reduced over-activity in the brains of patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), a condition marked by abnormal memory impairment for the patient’s age. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 10 to 20 percent of people aged 65 and old...

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