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Cancer drug may have Alzheimer's benefits

Medication helps brain clear plaque-forming protein

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2:14pm, February 9, 2012

A cancer drug that sweeps an ominous plaque-forming protein from mouse brains within hours and reverses Alzheimer’s-like behavior in the rodents in days may offer a powerful new way to prevent or even reverse the brain-wasting disease in humans.

The drug, called bexarotene, has been on the market for about 10 years to treat T-cell lymphoma, often after other treatments have failed. But bexarotene can do a completely different job in the brain, researchers report online February 9 in Science.

“This is a pretty fantastic drug,” says Paige Cramer of Case West

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