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7/19/06-Washington, D.C.

Patch Unveiled To Help Treat Alzheimer's Patients

The Alzheimer's Association says the first skin patch to treat the degenerative brain condition clearly improves patient quality of life.

The patch is among several new treatments unveiled today at an international Alzheimer's conference.

Novartis says it will ask government regulators to sign off on the patch. It could make an existing drug easier to take and may even work with fewer side-effects.

And since it's often hard to get Alzheimer's patients to take pills, a Swedish researcher says the new treatment would be appreciated by patients and by caregivers.

Scientists say they're also studying a prostate cancer drug that may help with dementia. And a third treatment -- an immune therapy -- is billed as having potential to conquer the sticky substance that clogs Alzheimer's patients' brains.

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