Athlete's foot drug: treatment for Alzheimer's

The Daily Telegraph web site is carrying a story indicating a possible treatment for Alzheimer's.

Quote:"A drug that is used in the treatment of athlete's foot could be used to treat Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study by British doctors.

The study, by a team from University College, London, found that clioquinol, a drug that is also used to treat ear infections and indigestion, can almost halt the progression of Alzheimer's.

It discovered that clioquinol, which was developed 100 years ago, is able to absorb the zinc and copper atoms that concentrate in the brains of Alzheimer's sufferers before dementia sets in.
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Prana Technology, an Australian drug firm, provided clioquinol for the first small trial. "

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