Drug may be first to halt Alzheimer's progression

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A new medication may actually halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease, investigators have found. When given to mice with Alzheimer's, the drug, known as J147, improved memory and prevented brain damage caused by the disease. The new compound, developed by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, could soon be tested on humans. Currently, only medications that slow the diseases' progression have received federal approval. Full findings appear in PLoS ONE.