Certainly no cure yet, but I heard some fairly positive information recently about work by a team that has produced some improvements in cognitive function in folks who were experiencing cognitive decline and in early stages of Alzheimer's. It's a multi-front approach, and the therapy is tailored to each patient based on a fairly in-depth appraisal of blood levels of various substances together with what we know about the formation of beta-amyloid plaques, etc. They look at 36 different indicators and use drugs, nutrition, exercise, sleep, etc to bring them into the optimum range.
Ironically, since there's no new "magic bullet" drug, there's not much money for this, and because they are changing so many variables, it will be hard to do large controlled studies. But, they seem to be getting results, which is good news in a field that has produced very little good news. Obviously, the jury is still out. At this point we have just anecdotal reporting.
-- A good podcast on Dr Dale Bredesen's work (People's Pharmacy, NPR
). There are some nutritional recommendations mentioned in the podcast that many people might want to adopt on their own.
-- A short Web MD article
on the approach. It has not been studied enough to earn widespread acceptance.
Again--take with a big spoonful of "wait and see".