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Down Syndrome symptoms treatable with Alzheimer drug

Researchers have found that Aricept, an Alzheimer's drug, is effective in improving language and learning skills in Down's Syndrome patients. This would make it the first Down's syndrome drug which could improve the quality of life and level of participation by Down's syndrome sufferers. Alzheimer's and Down's symptoms are both due to a lack of acetylcholine produced by the brain. Aricept works by preventing enzymes from breaking down the acetycholine that is produced. However, more research needs to be done on the long term effects of Aricept use on young children.

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About: Down Syndrome symptoms treatable with Alzheimer drug

Date: 28 October 2004

Source: The Star

Author: Pat Hagan


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