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Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common diseases for people over the age of 65. It can affect any age, any gender, any background, or socioeconomic status. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.4 million Americans who live with this disease and the number for people over the age of 65 will rise to 7.7 million in the 2030. A new medicine that researchers are studying is ANAVEX 2-73, that may treat Alzheimer’s through disease modification versus only treating the symptoms. In this paper I will discuss other methods scientists are researching for the diagnosing and treatment of Alzheimer’s. According to medical news today, Anavex Life Sciences Corporation has been testing a new neuroprotective, anti-amnesic, anti-depressive and anti-convulsive compounds. ANAVEX 2-73 and ANAVEX 1-41 are being studied for their anti-amnesic and neuroprotective effects, the company claims that these compounds could be compared to donepezil, which is the leading Alzheimer’s disease medication. Researchers are excited about the potential of this possible new Alzheimer’s medication. A clinical trial has been started in which volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55. The volunteers will be given one dose of oral ANAVEX 2-73 to determine the maximum tolerated single dose, safety, and pharmacokinetics with the objective is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of this potential new Alzheimer’s medication. The existing anti-seizure drug, levetiracetam, which improves memory and brain function in adults with a cognitive impairment, which sometimes leads to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a Johns Hopkins University study. Researchers have found that this drug has already used for epilepsy patients and if used for Alzheimer’s patients may slow the abnormal loss of brain function in some aging patients, but more studies are needed before the drug can be used for…...

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