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E. What's Best For Patients With Alzheimer's Disease

Narrator: This is Science Today. It seems every week there's more and more studies reporting on various drugs, diets, hormones and herbs which prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Carl Cotman, director of the Institute of Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California, Irvine says because of all the information out there, the elderly have to use caution.

Cotman: One of the problems is they're on so many medications for so many different things that the first thing you have to do is look and make sure it's safe because they may be taking double or triple does of things some of them might not be good for some individuals.

Narrator: Cotman's advice to anyone concerned about Alzheimer's is to talk to their doctor and do some research.

Cotman: Try and take some of these things that have been shown to be preventatitive. The ibuprofen certainly did, post-menopausal women with estrogen is another one and although we only looked at mild to moderate Alzheimer's patients with vitamin E, we're predicting that that will probably also delay and slow down progression.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.