Arthritis drug could help Alzheimer's patients

January 14, 2008 2:01:22 PM PST
A drug used to lessen the symptoms of arthritis may also help improve brain function in Alzheimer's patients.

The medication commonly known as Enbrel was given to a patient with Alzheimer's disease, and researchers say in just 10 minutes the patient's temperament and memory improved dramatically.

California scientists detail this latest observation in the Journal of Neuro-Inflammation. Earlier studies noted the same response in other Alzheimer's patients.

Enbrel helps block body chemicals that cause inflammation. It may also help block a protein thought to be involved in the development of Alzheimer's.