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Transcript: "Alzheimer's Disease Research"

Interviewer: What are some of the latest research telling us about Alzheimer's disease?

Dr. Silverberg: Well, there are a lot of different approaches being taken currently. There are observational studies to try to figure out-- looking at lifestyle, activity, how active a person is, what they are eating-- to see if there is any connections between those things and whether or not people contract Alzheimer's disease. So, that's one type. We are also conducting genetic research to look at people who do have it and people who don't and see if we can find out any more information about the genetic associations. There is also some very interesting work on imaging, which is brain scans. We have now developed compounds that will stick to some of the proteins that are involved with Alzheimer's disease. It looks like those compounds are able to show us who has the disease and who doesn't. It's still in the early stages of research, but it may even be able to show us who is going to develop Alzheimer's disease, which would be very helpful for the other area of research that I was going to mention: clinical trials. So, we do have many different types of medications-- some of which are over-the-counter-- that are being looked at to see if they can either help delay the onset or prevent the Alzheimer's disease.

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