Bizarre Protection Against Alzheimer's: Cancer

A new study came out before the Alzheimer's Association conference in Boston, showing that patients with cancer had a dramatically lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Those treated with chemotherapy also fared better, leaving scientists to wonder what the connection is between chemo and protecting against the neurological disorder.

Obviously, no one is going to voluntarily develop cancer to prevent Alzheimer's, but if scientists can determine why receiving chemo reduces the risk, we could see new treatment ideas. 

In this video, health-care analyst David Williamson details this study's results and discusses two high-profile treatments in development by Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY  ) and Merck (NYSE: MRK  ) .

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  • Report this Comment On July 20, 2013, at 9:08 PM, PharmTeam wrote:

    Out of curiosity, did the study differentiate early onset Alzheimers vs late onset? And was there any difference in mean survival age for cancer patients vs healthy?

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