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Washington University studying possible Alzheimer’s preventative treatments

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Washington University School of Medicine recently received a $4.3 million grant to study a potential preventative treatment for Alzheimer’s disease -- decades before symptoms arrive. Men and women are coming to St. Louis from all around the country to take part.

Patients get medication with hopes it will stop Alzheimer’s well before it attacks their mind and body. 

Amy Freezor has been in the study for three years because she says doctors tell her she has a fifty percent chance of getting the disease. Freezor travels with her husband from North Carolina. 

“To think there could be something preventative so that this could keep me from getting it for another two, six, ten or even 15 years – to give me that much more time with my children is just an amazing thought,” Freezor said.

“This is uncharted territory in many ways that we’re entering by giving people medication up to 15 years before we’d expect that they’d get symptoms,” Dr. Eric McDade, neurologist at Washington University, said.

Dr. McDade admits it’s too early to suggest whether or not this study will result in medicine that can stop Alzheimer’s several years before symptoms show up. But he said they are extremely hopeful for the future.

For more information on how you can take part in this study at Washington University’s School of Medicine go to https://dian-tu.wustl.edu/en/home/.

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