Fighting Alzheimer’s: New Developments

A new drug shows promise in fighting Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s Disease makes a tremendous impact on the lives of those who suffer from it. It slows the thought process and strips away treasured memories. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s are wide-ranging, from impaired cognitive function to hallucinations and paranoia. The disease takes a serious toll on those it affects, as well as their families and caretakers. Drugs can treat its symptoms, but not prevent its onset. Drug companies spend huge amounts of money trying to create more effective medicine, and recent studies show that there may be a new drug for fighting Alzheimer’s. This drug could potentially change the lives of Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

What is This New Drug?

This new drug is called aducanumab. It targets the toxic plaque that grows through the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient. In high doses, it may reduce this plaque’s presence. What makes this drug so innovative is that it targets a possible cause of Alzheimer’s, and not the symptoms. This medicine could possibly slow the cognitive decline and memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s.

Will This Make Fighting Alzheimer’s Easier?

While this new drug is promising, it is only experimental at this point. New medicines must go through many steps of strict testing before the government will approve it and make it available to the public. Many drugs fail to make it through this testing. But if aducanumab makes the cut, it will drastically change how doctors treat Alzheimer’s.

It is also important to note that, like all medicines, this new drug has potential negative side effects. Aducanumab can, in rare cases, cause fluid buildup or bleeding in the brain.

Your Disability Representatives

Here at Summit Disability Law Group, we know how devastating an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be. Through our work as disability attorneys, we have come to understand how limiting disabilities can be for the people who live with them. If you are diagnosed with and currently fighting Alzheimer’s, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Our job is to help disability claimants build successful cases and win benefits. We take this responsibility very seriously. We know how much of a financial strain disabilities can cause, so we offer free initial consultations so that you can understand your case without paying a dime. In addition, if you choose to work with us, you will not pay us anything unless we win your case. If you are interested in speaking with a disability lawyer today, please contact us.

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