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Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer's Disease: The Reasons to Do So Keep Building

The time when an informed doctor would say, "Yes, you have Alzheimer's disease. Sorry, but there's nothing to be done," is over. There is still no cure, and the causes of AD are still widely debated and studied. However, unlike just a few years back, there are some treatments available.

Medications Can Slow Decline

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon) and galantamine (Razadyne) as drugs which may help maintain cognitive abilities and help control some behavioral symptoms for a few months to a few years.

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