New directions in Alzheimer’s treatment
As Alzheimer’s research continues to move forward, some scientists feel that they may be reaching the “beginning of the end” in terms of finding a means to fight the disease. Understanding the disease process is one of the major areas of research today. Knowing the hows and whys of Alzheimer’s will enable experts to find better methods of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.
In order to test new ideas, researchers must submit their theories to rigorous clinical trials. Clinical trials are used to evaluate a potential treatment on humans that has previously shown effectiveness against disease, either in a test-tube environment or in limited studies on animals. The treatment becomes established and generally accepted only after it has passed the trial process, which typically lasts several years.
The overriding goals of clinical trials are to test if the treatment works and to make sure it’s safe. Researchers carefully design the trial procedures so that they can learn as much as possible while