Accidents happen

(CBS Local) — Although their goal was to cure diabetes, scientists may have stumbled onto a new medication to help treat the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

According to a press release from researchers at Lancaster University, a new drug being tested for diabetes patients was found to have “significantly reversed memory loss” in test subjects and is now being examined as possible treatment for neurodegenerative disorder.

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15 Responses to Accidents happen

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    That Alzheimer’s disease is a lot of phony baloney. Invented by big Pharma to fill their already bloated coffers thanks to Viagra. And furthermore……, lost my train of thought. Something about erectile dysfunction or other.

    • One of the many Bills says:

      So your saying I need to toss my Viagra or I’ll have Alzheimer’s? What will I play with while I’m sitting in my wheelchair?

    • Andrew says:

      So your contention is that Alzheimer’s is fake?

      Have you met anyone who has Alzheimer’s?

    • Mike_C says:

      Funny you mention Viagra. Though I think you meant “swollen, proudly turgid, coffers”.

      Sildenafil (generic name for Viagra) is a vasodilator and was initially tested as a possible antihypertensive medication. Didn’t work well, and the clinical trial was terminated early. But some clever person noticed that the patients on active drug were VERY reluctant to hand in their remaining supply of pills. (Lots of “bizarre boating accident” stories.) Paying attention to this oddity led to a multi-billion dollar windfall for Pfizer.

  2. majmike says:

    Faster, please.

  3. =Tedison Wrangler= says:

    I’m just glad they found a pill for Restless Leg Syndrome.

  4. Mike says:

    Wonder if this new drug works on CRS?

  5. Cederq says:

    There is a plausible theory and a strong feeling amongst most medical people that Alzheimer dementia is a form of diabetes. Dementia patients seem to respond to diabetic medications. The only true way to confirm a case of Alzheimer’s is an autopsy.

  6. mj hawkeye says:

    I find this extremely interesting due to my onset dementia. A lot of it is inherited and the other due to 8 athletic competition concussions. The only problem for me is that the government will have to study it for 15 years before it’s put on the market. I’d have more benefits buying a product at 2 am while watching television. Plus, if I act quickly I could get two of these for the price of one.

    • pigpen51 says:

      Hawkeye, I am 57, and am beginning to see early effects of Alzheimer’s. I had at least 5 concussions in football and 2 more since then. On ss disability for constant daily migraines. The only real treatment I get that works is narcotics, so you know how that makes me to the government. Just once, I wish one of the assholes who make the decision on meds could go through a week of what a chronic pain person does. it would change a hell of a lot of things I bet. To better days, my new found Ally In the fight. Never give up. I care about you

  7. Doonhamer says:

    Flowers for Algernon.

  8. Ed357 says:

    I seem to recall reading that Alzheimer’s was a sugar problem (brain plaque)…..

    and of all things…… that coconut therapy was a promising treatment.

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