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Quality of life for Alzheimer patients to improve: Research

health and fitness Updated: May 05, 2011 15:20 IST

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In a ray of hope for Alzheimer patients, Australian researchers claim to have found a treatment that can help improve the quality of life of those suffering from it.

A woman patient from Perth, under a medical trial has shown a reduction in symptoms after being implanted with the hormone testosterone.

Alzheimer's, is the most common form of dementia. This incurable, degenerative usually diagnosed in people over 65 years of age.

According to ABC report, researcher Ralph Martins from Edith Cowan University said the 33-year-old woman's standard of memory stabilised and in some instances improved since the trial began 12 months ago.

He said testosterone could be faster and more effective than other treatments being looked at for the disease.

Testosterone reduces the production of amyloids, a small toxic protein which is a key feature of Alzheimer's.

"This is outstanding in terms of a response to treatment, we've never been able to basically stop the disease," he said adding "All other features are consistent with the notion her disease has basically been slowed down.

The next step of the researcher would be to test the treatment on more patients in order to confirm its legitimacy.

He now plans to extend patient trials with sufferers from across the country.

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