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Drug may reverse Alzheimer's in minutes

January 11, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A possible breakthrough in fighting Alzheimer's disease -- a drug may reverse the symptoms in minutes.A new UCLA study finds a drug that is used to treat arthritis is helping to fight Alzheimer's disease. The drug is called Enbrel. It's injected into the spine, where researchers say it blocks a chemical responsible for damaging the brain.

One 81-year-old Alzheimer's patient remembered details of his past just 10 minutes after receiving the injection. He continued to make gains after more treatment.

Experts think Enbrel may block inflammation associated with Alzheimer's, but warn more study is needed.