New Device Slows Progression of Alzheimer's - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/21/03

New Device Slows Progression of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Disease is an irreversible brain disease that robs those who have it of memory, and eventually, overall mental and physical function, leading to death.

This month's issue of the Archives of Neurology predicts the number of people with Alzheimer's will climb to more than 5 million by the end of this decade. That's the bad news. But here's something more encouraging, 21 sites across the country are studying a new device which appears to slow the progression of the disease.

The device is called the Cognishunt System, and it drains toxins from the brain that are believed to contribute to the deterioration that comes with Alzheimer's.

So far, in the third phase of clinical trials, the patients with the Cognishunt did not lose mental function in the course of an entire year of study, while the group without the shunt developed more symptoms, typical of Alzheimer's.

Out of the 21 testing sites, only one is in Texas at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. If you would like more information on these clinical trials, you can call 1-888-469-6463 or ( click here).

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