Scientists create the first drug to halt Alzheimer’s

The Times reports:

A drug has stopped brain deterioration in Alzheimer’s patients for the first time, scientists announced yesterday.

Mental decline was halted for 18 months in some patients, in results hailed as the strongest sign yet that an effective treatment for the disease is near. Researchers said that the drug — taken as a tablet twice a day — could soon become the first medicine given to Alzheimer’s patients to keep the disease at bay for as long as possible.

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