A cure for Alzheimer's disease still seems a long way off but certain substances are thought to slow its progression. Among them are vitamin E and anti-inflammatory drugs. Researchers from Harvard Medical School studied 540 people being treated for Alzheimer's disease at the Memory Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. 208 people took vitamin E, 49 people took an anti-inflammatory, 177 took both and 106 took neither and the participants were assessed every six months. After three years there was a modest slowing of decline in function in people taking vitamin E. Anti-inflammatory drugs had a very consistent but generally only small effect but both substances together provided a greater slowing in the rate of decline.
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