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Florbetaben Helps Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

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The new radioactive imaging agent has been bought from its developer, Germany’s Bayer AG by Indian drugmaker Piramal Healthcare.

Now in late clinical trials and likely to be approved by federal drug regulators late this year, florbetaben — an experimental radioactive agent — is expected to help doctors make an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in people suffering the serious memory and cognitive problems of dementia.

That’s good news for millions of people worldwide who are at risk of developing the feared mind-robbing disease. An early way to detect the disease will help scientists find a cure for Alzheimer’s, which has been elusive so far. Medical experts believe that the drugs being investigated in clinical trials to treat this neurodegenerative disease have failed mainly because the patients enrolled in such trials are suffering late-stage Alzheimer’s that’s progressed too far for the drugs to be effective.

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Amyvid Test for Alzheimers Approved by FDA

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Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. A mind-robber, it steals away everything that makes a patient human — memory, language skills, perception of time and space — and even the ability to feed one’s self. Sufferers are gripped by fear and frustration, as they struggle with everyday tasks and slowly lose their independence. Friends and family are hurt as they helplessly witness how the disease takes their loved one from them bit by bit.

There’s currently no cure for this most common cause of dementia — which affects more than 35 million people worldwide, of which 5.4 million are Americans. There’s yet no drug or treatment to stop it or change its terrible course. The disease worsens as it progresses and ultimately leads to death.

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