While drugs can reduce the symptoms in some patients for a time, a new study said getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease reduces that person's remaining life expectancy by half. The study of 521 people over 60 who were just diagnosed with the disease showed that the median survival time was 4.2 years for men and 5.7 years for women, or about half what a person of the same age without the disease would be expected to live. While drugs can reduce symptoms of the disease, there is no cure for Alzheimer's.

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