6 July 2009

Aricept (donepezil) may delay progress of MCI with depression

Depression may increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease in people with memory problems
American Academy of Neurology: 16 June 2009
People with memory problems who are depressed are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease compared to people who are not depressed, according to a study published in the June 16, 2009, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. However, the research also shows that the popular Alzheimer’s drug donepezil may delay the progression to Alzheimer’s disease for depressed people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or memory problems.

MCI is described as the period in-between normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease. A person with MCI experiences memory problems that are greater than expected with normal aging but does not show other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, such as difficulties in completing everyday activities. … > full press release : review by MedPage Today

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