Study indicates lengthy time frame for treating Alzheimer's

02/27/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Analysis of PET imaging results showed that the accumulation of amyloid plaque, which is linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, may stretch for 15 years and then reach a plateau. The findings suggest there may be a long time period available for secondary prevention in at-risk patients, according to the study published in Neurology. Researchers, however, said the results also mean that treatments targeted against plaque buildup may not be as effective when the plateau is reached, suggesting therapies targeting amyloid would need to be initiated early.

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